CLASSIC ROCK for Marching Band

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-03746114-fHeartache Tonight arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
The Eagles made this a #1 hit back in 1979, and it still resonates decades later! Arranged here in a medium shuffle groove, this chart really churns from beginning to end.

Never Gonna Give You Up arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Nothing epitomizes the appeal of music from the 80s like this energetic and familiar pop hit by Rick Astley. Often heard in television and film, this is sure to be a favorite.

Rock the Casbah arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Recorded by the iconic 80s pop band The Clash, this familiar hit features a driving pulse and distinctive riffs.

leon-03745379-fSweet Caroline arr. Tim Waters, Grade 3
Featured in the hit TV series Glee, this familiar hit from Neil Diamond has certainly stood the test of time. Written in an up-tempo shuffle style and with plenty of full ensemble punches, this will work great in the stands or with drill teams.

Sweet Caroline arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
Originally recorded in 1969, this iconic Neil Diamond hit has stood the test of time and remains as popular today as ever. Be sure to get the crowd involved with the vocal refrain “bump, bump, bah…”

Build Me Up Buttercup arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This arrangement of the classic hit from “The Foundations” is sure to be a sing along favorite for any crowd!

jalen-mba404-fYou Don’t Own Me arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This tune has stood the test of time! First a hit in the ’60s, this tune has been covered by numerous artists and was most recently featured on many commercials and top movies. You’ll love this powerful and bluesy arrangement of “You Don’t Own Me.”

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

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