Music from Star Wars – UPDATE!

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensBack in December, one week before The Force Awakened, we posted the then available concert band and instrumental play-alongs from Star Wars. We are excited to be able to share the new band arrangements from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and announce that they are ALL off the press and sound awesome!). Check out the details for each below, click on the titles for audio previews, and scroll to the bottom for Best-Selling Star Wars backlist titles!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Robert Longfield
Discovery
Grade 1.5                     $50.00
Without sacrificing the flavor of the original, here is an amazingly authentic sounding version of the Stars Wars Main Title along with the new March of the Resistance. Note that the triplets have been retained in the main theme, and offer the perfect opportunity to teach this rhythmic concept to 2nd year players.

Music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Michael Sweeney
Discovery Plus
Grade 2.5                     $65.00
Carefully paced and skillfully scored for younger players, here is the dynamic music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Familiar old themes are blended with exciting and powerful new material. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Johnnie Vinson
Flex-Band
Grade 2-3                    $65.00
From the blockbuster film, John Williams used familiar older themes along with dynamic new material in creating a truly memorable soundtrack. Here is a great sounding medley scored with flexible instrumentation and playable with just about any size ensemble. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arranged for flexible instrumentation: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Soundtrack Highlights from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Michael Brown
Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $75.00
Opening with the familiar strains of the main theme, this carefully paced medley also includes important themes for new characters Rey, Kylo Ren, and the rousing march theme of the good guys. Film music at its best from John Williams, and effectively adapted for younger players. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Jay Bocook
Symphonic Band
Grade 4                                    $90.00
Utilizing the distinctive Jedi Steps theme featured at the end of the film, combined with the rousing Finale from the end credits, Jay Bocook authentically recreates the beauty and power of this amazing film score. Courtesy of Mr. Williams himself, an alternate “concert ending” is provided in addition to the quiet ending as heard at the end of the film. Features the following titles from Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

New from Star Wars
Star Wars Heroes

arr. Jerry Brubaker
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $87.00
Celebrate the heroes with some of the most beloved music from Star Wars Episodes I-VI! This stunning medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker includes Star Wars (Main Title), Luke and Leia, Battle of the Heroes, Han Solo and the Princess, and The Throne Room.

Best-Selling Star Wars Arrangements
Star Wars (Main Theme)                   arr. Strommen             Grade 1                      $56.00
Highlights from the Star Wars Saga arr. Cook                     Grade 2                      $70.00
Selections from the Star Wars Saga arr. Story                    Grade 2.5                   $67.00
Star Wars – The Marches                  arr. Brubaker               Grade 3                      $77.00
Suite fr the Star Wars Epic – Part 1  arr. Smith                    Grade 3.5                   $80.00
Suite fr the Star Wars Epic – Part 2  arr. Smith                    Grade 3.5                   $82.00

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. Now that spring is almost here, the countdown to Kennywood season has begun (opening day May 7!). He has the rest of hockey season (Let’s Go Pens!) and the upcoming releases of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War to tide him over.

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