recommended by Dan Clark, Orchestra Specialist

String Orchestra Directors – has your Force Awakened?

Here are your best NEW options for “Star Wars” music for your Spring Orchestra Concert! All are expected to be off the press by the end of March.

March of the Resistance arr. Paul Lavender (available NOW!)
This distinctive march theme gives string orchestras a terrific concert work that features skilled contrapuntal and fugal style writing. A challenging yet fun experience that mixes early Baroque and Classical style with the power and drama of Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Highlights arr. James Kazik
James Kazik’s impressive montage spotlights the newest John Williams themes from the film soundtrack, plus the monumental Star Wars main theme. Includes: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars Heroes arr. Jerry Brubaker (available NOW!)
This stunning medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker includes popular selections from many of the films. It features the ever recognizable and exciting “Star Wars (Main Title),” the lush and beautiful “Luke and Leia,” the action packed “Battle of the Heroes,” the emotional and lyrical “Han Solo and the Princess,” and to provide a fitting conclusion, the majestic “The Throne Room.”

Themes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Robert Longfield (available NOW!)
For developing string groups, this accessible medley includes all of the major Star Wars themes heard throughout the newest chapter, including: Star Wars Main Theme; March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Rey’s Theme arr. Robert Longfield
Younger groups will love playing this new adventure theme from The Force Awakens. Truly a highlight of John Williams’ new score, “Rey’s Theme” gives a great sense of spirit, adventure, and fantasy that has become of key part of the continuing saga of Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Suite for Orchestra by John Williams
Includes 5 concert movements with performance options: I. March of the Resistance; II. Rey’s Theme; III. Scherzo for X-Wings; IV. The Jedi Steps (Concert Version); V. The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Suite arr. Sean O’Loughlin
This edition for educational groups brings the drama and beauty of John Williams’ newest film score to the stage for school orchestras. The Star Wars main theme is included, along with brilliant, engaging new music from the soundtrack: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Johnnie Vinson (available NOW!)
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: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Looking for other Pop Music for String Orchestra? These are all off the press and ready for immediate delivery!
Hello arr. Larry Moore
Hey Jude arr. Larry Moore
Learn to Fly arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Mike Story
Ticket to Ride arr. Larry Moore

About the Author:
Dan has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


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  1. STAR WARS UPDATE: Orchestra Edition – Stanton's Sheet Music

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