80’s Rock Hits for Marching Band

It is only within the last couple of years that publishers have begun mining the wealth of pop and rock hits from the 1980s for marching band, and to great ends.  The 1980s had plenty of catchy pop hits whose characteristics have combined with modern dance beats and technology for many of today’s hits.  In addition, there were a lot of great bands including Journey and Bon Jovi, and huge solo artists like Michael Jackson. These tunes are also a perfect fit for this generation of parents who grew up in the 80s and 90s.  With the success of arrangements like The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats and A-ha’s Take On Me, it is only fitting that new titles be added to the growing 80s catalog for marching band.  Check these new charts out, and be sure to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
arr. Doug Adams
Inspire your team and fans with this timeless rock anthem from the group Journey. Doug Adams’ easy, effective arrangement contains an optional trumpet solo before building to a stirring finish.

Master of Puppets – Metallica
arr. Jay Bocook & Omar Cermenates
From Metallica’s classic 1984 album of the same name, this monster song has been hailed as one of the greatest heavy metal tunes of all time. Unmatched for excitement and energy, this driving arrangement is sure to draw attention!

Right Round – Flo Rida; Dead or Alive
arr. Ralph Ford
One of hip-hop artist Flo Rida’s biggest hits was this catchy offering based on Dead or Alive’s 80’s pop hit.

Rock You Like a Hurricane – The Scorpions
arr. Michael Brown & Will Rapp
This driving rock tune recorded by the Scorpions in 1984 has taken on a life of its own in American pop culture and sporting events. Frequently used in TV, films and video games, the song features the familiar chorus and a relentless rock groove.

Uncontrollable Urge – Devo
arr. Michael Brown
Recorded by Devo, this frantic punk rock hit is perfect for adding excitement and energy to any sporting event. The catchy riffs and solid scoring ensure instant success!


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