Stanton’s Band Department is excited to announce the addition of Warren Barker, Brant Karrick, Pierre La Plante, Gene Milford, and John Williams to the Featured Composers/Arrangers section of our Concert Band Listening Library! Each of these individuals has a catalog of excellent original compositions and arrangements that are great teaching tools, and wonderful programming options. Be sure to check out our recommended titles for each composer – they are some of our favorites, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
Warren Barker has long been a go-to arranger of pop standards, many of them featuring a vocal soloist with concert band. His arrangements are wonderfully harmonized, stylistically appropriate treatments, and staples of high school and community band libraries across the country.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Gershwin – In the Miller Mood – Selections from Les Miserables – Over the Rainbow – Star Dust
Brant Karrick is on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University and composes music solely for concert band. His compositions are interesting, range from grades 1.5 to 4, and have been on the Ohio Large Group Required Lists for both junior high and high school.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Exuberance – Ghost Dancing – The Old Red Mill – Songs of Old Kentucky – Spy Chase
Pierre La Plante is another fabulous composer whose works range from elementary band to advancing high school works. In addition to his quality original compositions, Mr. La Plante’s settings of sailing and folk songs are some of the best!
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: All Ye Young Sailors – American Riversongs – Five Good-Natured Variations on Mr. Frog Went a-Courtin’ – Grand Old Duke of York – A Walk in the Morning Sun
Gene Milford is an experienced, respected educator from Canton, Ohio, in addition to being an excellent composer and arranger. His works include original compositions, as well as some fantastic march arrangements.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: China Sea Voyage – Festival Espanol – The Flying Squadron – Pirate’s Cove
John Williams is probably the best-known film composer of all-time. With memorable themes from Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and, of course, Star Wars, numerous individual arrangements and medleys have been done for concert band, so it seemed obvious, (and overdue) that his titles receive their own category!
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Harry Potter Symphonic Suite – John Williams Blockbusters – The Olympic Spirit – Raiders March – Suite from the Star Wars Epic: Part II – Superman