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  BEGINNING BAND SERIES

            (BB5 = first 5 notes          BB6 = first 6 notes

                DEVELOPING BAND SERIES 

                                               (DB7 = first 7 notes      DB8 = 1 octave range)

                               PROGRESSING BAND SERIES

                                                                (PB = octave plus range with high/low register clarinet parts)   

for Beginning Band/Instrumental Classes

Elementary/Jr. High School - Levels 0.5 - 1.5

  • *Note: Except for live samples, audio clips have been generated from Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan Personal Orchestra, Garritan Concert & Marching Band, Native Instruments Kontakt 3.

Highlights:

  • Large print Full Score
  • 70+ parts – minimum 2 parts per instrument on custom high quality 70# paper.
  • Motivating parts - all instruments.
  • Percussion section involved throughout.
  • Technical tips included in parts where appropriate. 
  • Excellent student appeal at elementary, middle, and high school beginner levels.
  • Composed with teacher/student focus by an active experienced Canadian music educator/performer.
  • Numerous optional cues provided cover missing instruments in your group. 
  • Additional parts, scores always available, shipped immediately upon request.
  • Custom parts can be created quickly upon request for visually impaired students.

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                          BEGINNING BAND SERIES 
         Perform first 5 to 6 Notes of Band Methods

*Click on the triangle for a complete audio clip.  

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BB3-00: The First 3 Notes        (Beginner)

- intended for instrumental classroom use prior to issuing of method book. Preparatory lines are interspersed with rests to facilitate identification of students who may be following others instead of reading the music. Please read the accompanying info pdf. - intended for first time instrumental classroom use. Pdf shows first 6 of 18 lines. 

$39.50

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BB5-01: The Famous Five     (Level 0.5 - Easy)

This could be your band's first 80-measure piece. Everyone plays long tones, same pitch and stepwise 8th notes. Well placed rests reduce possible fatigue and help develop endurance/control of the first 5 notes. Teach saxophonists left thumb parked/rolling technique for frequent 8ve key fingering throughout. The Famous Five can be prepared for early public relations performances .  (2:41)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:   BB501SC  $7.00
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BB5-02: Swingin’ at Five       (Level 0.5 - Easy)

Teach swing style early with the first 5 notes. Tutti unison syncopated rhythm/melody simplifies and reduces time required to teach this piece. Occasional divisi 3rds add a sense of harmony. A short rhythmic interchange between upper/lower instruments concludes with a characteristic swing finish. Guaranteed to please players and audiences. Top seller of the BB5 series.  (2:00)

$50.00

 
   2nd Full Score:   BB502SC   $7.00  
 
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BB5-03: Five of a Kind           (Level 0.5 - Easy)

Percussion follows the Introduction by winds before the melody gets underway. 2-beat rhythms form the melody. A conversation occurs between small and large instruments and gets turned around at measure 18. Accidentals are written in the parts for Concert Pitch instruments - good for "Accidental within the measure Rule" training. Considerable unison rhythms/melody simplify teaching and learning this piece.  (2:31)

$50.00

  2nd Full Score:  BB503SC   $7.00
 
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BB5-04: Circus March           (Level 0.5 - Easy)

Unison woodwind/brass 'call & answer' intro. Back and forth interaction throughout. One-measure soli lines for clarinet/trumpet, oboe/tenor sax/baritone. Accidentals are written throughout for Concert Pitch instruments. Use Circus to teach/reinforce the "Accidental within measure" rule. All players play lead/backup parts. Excellent for teaching ensemble listening skills through performance.  (3:01) 

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:  BB504SC  $7.00
 
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BB5-05: Cavalcade            (Level 0.5 - Easy)

Moving 1/4 notes in low instruments support a descending melody in upper instruments. 8th notes bring rhythmic interest coupled with dynamic changes. Later, low instruments control melody, eventually returning to the original theme, progressing to the conclusion. Students Students enjoy performing this piece. (2:45)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:  BB505SC  $7.00
 
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BB5-06: BT Rock                (Level 0.5 - Easy)

Easy syncopation, staccato, and accents start the action. Measures 9-16 and 29-36 are cued in all parts for full class participation to learn/play the rhythm. Drum set has convenient numbered measures for repeated rhythm measures. Rests in all parts permit 'process time' to prepare the next note. Players acquire a 'feel' for silent beats in motion. A fun piece for all players.            (2:20)

$50.00 

2nd Full Score: 
BB506SC  $7.00
  
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BB5-07: March for Unity  (Level 0.5 - Very Easy)

Unison stepwise 1/2 & 1/4 note rhythms for 24 measures progress to a more interesting call/answer exchange of beats between upper and lower instruments, with limited staccato in all parts. Melodic phrases with 3rds and 5ths conclude with stepwise motion in low instruments. Tutti unison ending.   (2:40)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score: BB507SC  $7.00
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BB6-01: Sing A Lullaby    (Level 0.5 - Very Easy)

A delightful, soft, gentle melody of 6 pitches (optional cues to B-flat for trumpet, C for flute) Pleasing stepwise  8ths for clarinets accompany the flute/trumpet melody. A refreshing contrast to the many dramatic band charts in your concert.  (3:00)                                                                 

$50.00

2nd Full Score:    BB601SC   $7.00
 
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BB6-02:  Conquest           (0.5 - Medium Easy)      

An excellent dramatic choice for festival or concert performance. Timpani, snare provide momentum during beginning sustained tutti notes. The intro continues to measure 9 where contrary motion results in an open 5th, then a triad, before the drama really materializes. Crescendi, decrescendo dynamics plus fp. Melody is primarily step-wise. Conquest sounds full, complicated, and difficult with 6 pitches range. Students from grade 7 through 9 are motivated to master it. (2:59) [performance by South Huron DHS Concert Band - I. Moore]

$50.00    

 2nd Full Score:    BB602SC   $7.00
 
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BB6-03:  Processional                    (0.5 - Easy)

Processional's 6-note range permits repetitive performance without the issue of player fatigue, written to be played with any of the following instrumentations:  full band, woodwinds only, saxophones only, or brass w/wo percussion.  (variable - 2:21- 9:00+)   [South Huron DHS Concert Band - I. Moore]

$50.00    
 
2nd Full Score:
BB603SC   $7.00
 
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BB6-04:  Rock Beat                          (0.5 - Easy)

Drummer provides the 'rock feel' throughout. Similar rhythms, small intervals, step-wise motion, and effective  rests collectively result in this energizing rock tune. All players experience lead except bass clarinet, bassoon, baritone sax, and tuba that play busy, motivating accompaniment lines for the rock beat effect.  (2:18)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:
BB604SC  $7.00

    
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BB6-05: Lady Bug March        (0.5 - Very Easy)

This 6-note piece involves considerable stepwise motion All players experience 1/4, 1/2, whole notes and rests, dynamic terms from to f , crescendo and diminuendo markings. Flute/clarinet melody cues are written in alto sax & trumpet parts. Technical tips written in parts & score (see p.2 - Score).    (2:34) 

$50.00

2nd Full Score: BB605SC  $7.00     
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BB6-06:  Nomads                         (0.5 - Easy)

Ensemble listening skill development is the focus where low and high instruments continue the tonal introduction to measure 9 where flute/clarinet/trumpet/baritone sustain the melody supported by dramatic 8ths. Low instruments take the lead at 17. Stepwise melody. 'Written in' trumpet cues simplify reading parts for percussion. A good dramatic choice. (2:16)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:
BB606SC $7.00

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BB6-07:  Rock 6              (Level 1 - Med. Easy)

Interesting rhythms will take some work despite a limited range of six pitches. This original rock tune involves syncopation for all players. The audio clip has the more advanced drum set part involving 16ths, and an easier 2nd set part devoid of  them is included and also written in the score.  (2:20)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score: 
BB6-07SC $7.00

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BB6-08:  In Remembrance             (0.5 - Easy)

Consider performing this tune in a concert or for Remembrance Day without worrying about range concerns. It presents an atmosphere similar to 'Last Post' for occasions of reverence. Melody instruments play sustained imitative entries with strong marcato rhythmic support from the low instruments. Snare drum provides constant rhythmic drive with timpani, bells, bass drum contributing tonal colours as well. Total range: the first 6 pitches learned - CP B-flat to G.       (2:36)

$50.00 

2nd Full Score
$7.00 BB6-08SC

DEVELOPING BAND SERIES
RANGE: 7 notes to 1 octave - clarinets low register

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DB7-01:  Aleksei’s March        (Level 1 - Easy)

Two-bar *staccato unison quarters introduce a stirring rhythmic minor melody from reeds, trumpet, euphonium. Flutes play longer notes to deal with awkward first fingerings at the start. The melody for Aleksei's tends to get in one's head and stays there. An absolute favourite with students.  (2:30)

$50.00

 2nd Full Score: DB701SC   $7.00
 
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DB7-02:  Rock Seven!              (Level 0.5 - Easy)

High appeal to young musicians. Drum set & shaker/cow bell establish a rock beat and winds play exciting accented unison rhythms. Percussion section 4-bar soli sets up a tutti unison melody at measure 15. Teach 'D.S. al fine' through performance. 3rds are added for a pleasing harmonic sense. Lots of energy and student appeal! (2:32)

$50.00 

2nd Full Score: DB702SC  $7.00
 
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DB7-03:  The Rebels            (1.0 - Medium Easy)

A gentle flute intro quickly transforms to an aggressive tutti intro. Syncopated lower instruments support a dramatic theme. Tutti crescendo and active percussion drive the melody to a forceful level. A temporary resolve to a gentle woodwind melody is abruptly attacked by full band. There is a friendly, albeit brief, alto sax solo preceding the return of the main theme. A popular festival choice. No. 1 Top Seller of Developing Band Series  (2:59)

 $52.00      

 2nd Full Score: DB703SC  $7.00
 
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DB7-04:  Just Movin’ Along     (0.5 - Easy)

A friendly, simple, pleasing unaggressive tune with tutti experience of slurs, & staccato. Brass players perform 'open-valve 5th' lip slurs comfortably in descending direction, horn excepted. A relaxing contrast to other band selections.     (2:32)

   $50.00      
2nd Full Score: DB704SC  $7.00
 
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DB7-05:  Tuareg Caravan    (1.0 - Med. Easy)

 A full band introduction moves to solo bells (cued in flute) with percussion support. Melody instruments are supported by moving quarters in lower instruments.  The most recently learned note (3rd flat - written in key signature) includes an accidental in the parts as well as key signature. Saharan atmosphere of camels in motion with the constant quarter note backup & staccato 3rd note, even more so with snares off. All instrumentalists play lead and support roles at different times. A favourite with many beginning, junior, & high school band classes. (2:07)

$50.00  

 2nd Full Score: DB705SC  $7.00
 
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DB7-06:  Lazy Days                        (1.0 - Easy)

This has a swing beat with simple syncopation. Challenging drum set involves repeated rhythms.  Here's a laid back, relaxing  and not too taxing number to play between dramatic selections in your next program. Active parts - all instruments.  (2:23) 

$50.00

 2nd Full Score:
DB706SC $7.00
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DB8-01:  Night Patrol        (1.5 - Med. Easy)

Not a quiet patrol tonight. Heavily accented notes at allegro create driving energy throughout. Lots of drama after the repeat section with short 8th-note runs above rhythmic support right to the dramatic finish. Final measures resolve from minor to a 'Tierce de picardie' major tonality, suggesting relief/promise/success. (3:06) 

$52.00

 2nd Full Score: DB801SC  $7.00
  
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DB8-02:  Good One, Herbie!   (1-1.5 - Med. Easy)

After the percussion section introduction, Herbie involves a back and forth of 8ths and 1/4s between the wind parts. Percussion plays throughout with an additional 4-measure spotlight. Herbie can be played several ways: as written with all instruments/without temple blocks/without blocks and xylophone depending on your instrumentation. Temple blocks challenge a talented/experienced student with 16ths and technical coordination .   (2:30)

$52.00      

 2nd Full Score: DB802SC  $7.00
 
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DB8-03:  Court Dance            (1.5 - Med. Easy)

 This triple metre selection for your group is a beautiful challenging piece loaded with slurs and  ties across the bar in all parts. Rhythm advances to off-beat 8th notes, 8th-note runs for low instruments. Consider playing snare drum with snares off.  (2:47)

$52.00    

 2nd Full Score: DB803SC  $7.00
 
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DB8-04:  Odyssey                    (1.5 - Med. Easy)

A tutti unison crescendo launches Odyssey followed by vigorous percussion activity. All players are engaged from start to finish. 1st & 2nd parts for clarinet/trumpet/trombone, soli parts for several instruments. Highly recommended for festival and concert performances.      (2:59)

$52.00  

   

 2nd Full Score: DB804SC  $7.00
 
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DB8-05:  Kenny Koala         (1.0 - Med. Easy)

This relaxed, gentle, cuddly 'koala-istic' piece involves instrumental interplay and melody sharing among the players with contributions from multiple miscellaneous percussion. It may take some time to learn, but there will be fun along the way. (2:54)

$52.00    

2nd Full Score: DB805SC  $7.00 
   
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DB8-06:  The Expedition              (1.0 - Easy)

The Expedition gets underway in a minor sense reflecting hardship and stress. It eventually resolves to the relative major, suggesting successful arrival. Melodic motion is generally step-wise with all players involved from start to finish.      (2:25)

$52.00

 2nd Full Score: DB806SC  $7.00

PROGRESSING BAND SERIES
Increased Ranges, 1st Clarinet-Upper Register 

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PB-01:  Gimme a Break! (clar. high reg.)   (1.5) 

Gimme focuses on desirable clarinet upper register technique, designed to develop confidence and ease playing high notes. Delightful melodic tidbits for flute, trombone glissandi, plus a 'percussion section' feature. Pedagogically excellent for clarinets and totally appropriate for concert performance, Gimme a Break! is an essential addition to your music library.  (3:10)

$56.00       
2nd Full Score:
PB-01SC   $7.00
   
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PB-02:  Roundup at Cody’s             (Level 1.5)

Upper brass set the 'western feel' with opening with quick notes (horn cued in alto sax).  Ubiquitous syncopation for all instruments ensure eventual full command of these rhythms. 1 to 2 measures of rest allow preparation for clarinet upper register C fingering. Recommended as a festival choice.  (3:05)

$56.00
 2nd Full Score: 
PB-02SC   $7.00
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PB-03:  Leave it to Rock! (solo drum set)  (1.5)

A deceiving intro suggests this as anything but a rock piece. 2 drum set versions are offered, one with challenging 16ths around the toms, and a simpler version using 8ths. According to music students, this rocks! Limited upper register for 1st, low register for 2nd clarinet. Comfortable range for all instruments. (2:05) 

$54.00
 
2nd Full Score:
PB-03SC   $7.00
 
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PB-04:  Canada Rock!                         (Level 1.5)

Unison intro backed by a basic rock beat gets this chart on its way.  1st clarinets play upper register C (optional cue an 8ve higher in measures 21 & 23.)  2nd clarinets low register with both parts to low E. Percussion section revels with a 16 bar feature . Trombones amuse all with a glissando. A fun piece!  (3:01)

 $56.00
  
2nd Full Score:
PB-04SC   $7.00
   
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PB-05:  Ceremonial Procession         (Level 1.5)

an excellent processional/recessional. Rhythm: some dotted-8th-to-16ths. Range just past an octave, clarinets low register throughout, trumpets to C. Player endurance of moderate concern regarding multiple repeats of the piece, depending on length of the function. The results sound beyond Level 1.5               (variable 4:17 – 12:51+)

$56.00
2nd Full Score:
PB-05SC   $7.00
   
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PB-06:  O Canada                             (Level 1+)

(Key: A-flat)  requested version keeps clarinet in low register resulting in accidentals.  A considerable part is in unison for quick learning. C.P. A-flat & D-flat fingerings are shown in all parts to avoid pitch errors. Intended for instrumental performance only. (P5th below original key of E-flat version for voice & instruments).

$28.00
2nd Full Score:
PB-06SC   $5.00
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PB-07:  TDT for Winds and Percussion      (0.5)

Except for 4 measures, it's open valves (1st pos. trombone) for all brass except horn. Percussion experiences limited 16ths & ¼ note flams. The sudden change from B-flat Tonic-Dominant to an A-flat Tonic-Dominant delivers impact. Optional upper tonic notes are included.  (1:32)

$30.00
 
2nd Full Score:
LE05SC  $5.00