If you’re looking for an alternative to Book 3 of your method series*, or wanting a new band technique and warm-up book for either middle or high school, give Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin a look.
An excellent source for developing well-rounded musicians, Technique & Musicianship is designed as a follow-up to any second level band method. Comprehensive in scope, it features scales, thirds, and arpeggios; technique and articulation exercises; melodious etudes; excerpts from the classical repertoire; and full-band chorales in 16 major and minor keys. Emphasis is placed on specific musicianship skills with options for students at various levels of ability allowing for differentiated instruction.
Whether used in a full-band setting or private lessons, Technique & Musicianship is sure to improve technical ability and enhance artistic sensitivity, and is quickly becoming a popular companion to Kjos’ best-selling Foundations for Superior Performance.
*Technique & Musicianship is Book 3 for those using the Tradition of Excellence band method.