Recommended New Concert Works for Advanced Bands

Each year there are a number of excellent new repertoire choices for advanced high school and collegiate level bands.  This year features a nice variety of styles and source material in standout arrangements including bold original works from two of our favorite composers, Rossano Galante and Robert Sheldon, a wonderful re-imagining of a Scottish folk tune, an arrangement from the classical repertoire, and a unique feature showcasing rudimental drumming that would be fantastic on field drums!  Keep following our blog for other concert band sheet music suggestions, previews of new OMEA list titles, and more!

Field Ayres
Arr. Douglas A. Richard
Drums edited by Eric Sheffler
Grade 4
An exceptional, and musical, opportunity for your drummers to shine. This arrangement celebrates the rich heritage of rudimental drumming through the performance of three traditional drum solos (Downfall of Paris, Hell on the Wabash, Three Camps) that were written over the course of America’s growth as a nation. While the music was originally written for drums and fifes, this setting allows for a solo or section of drummers to demonstrate their skills.

Rossano Galante
Grade 5
This exciting overture features plenty of power and musical depth. Perfect as a concert opener for mature players, this is a dynamic way to showcase your ensemble.

March (from Suite for Variety Orchestra #1)
Dmitri Shostakovich
Arr. James Curnow
Grade 4
The Suite for Variety Orchestra, No. 1 (1956) is an eight-movement work by Dmitri Shostakovich that draws from the composer’s earlier themes. The first of these movements is the delightful March originally found in Korzinkina’s Adventures, Op. 59 from 1940. James Curnow has skillfully adapted this work for band, sure to become a welcome addition to the repertoire for winds.

Mountain Thyme
Samuel R. Hazo
Grade 4
Written as a memorial, this beautifully emotional setting is a reworking of the traditional folk song The Braes of Baquhidder (also known as Wild Mountain Thyme) by Scottish writer Robert Tannahill. Samuel Hazo uses a varied tapestry of colors, textures and dynamics, taking full advantage of the depth and power of the modern wind band in creating this stunningly effective work.

Robert Sheldon
Grade 4
This celebratory piece expresses the joy and exhilaration of a new beginning. Tuneful melodies and intricate rhythmic conversations among the instruments provide a festive mood and highly appealing musical moment to any program.


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