recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist
Codebreakers by Bryce Newton, Grade 2
Bryce Newton has composed this work for the developing band to commemorate the World War II code-breaking efforts by the NCR Company in Dayton, Ohio. This stirring composition evokes a sense of mystery and excitement from start to finish. Written well within the technical abilities of the developing band, this powerful composition will capture the imagination of your students while also providing quality teaching material. An excellent choice for your concert or festival performance.
Dragonflight at Dawn by F. Scott Kroll, Grade 2
Just before the sun breaks through the morning clouds, the Dragon Riders prepare their mighty beasts for flight. In this exciting piece for developing band, take your musicians and audience to the skies as the dragons soar through the clouds reigning over the world below. Your students will love this imaginative work by F. Scott Kroll!
Twilight Tango by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2
This fun selection authentically captures the dance style known as the tango, which developed during the 1880’s in Argentina and Uruguay. It evolved into an exciting partner dance which became popular round the world. In this mysterious-sounding, minor key Latin number, melodies and counter melodies twist and turn around each other, evoking images of sultry dancers in a dimply-lit night club. The Twilight Tango is in three part A B A form. Each section of this Bobrowitz creation has a catchy melody that is pure fun to either sing or dance to. There is plenty of melodic material for all to play, be aware that your audience may be moved to start dancing in the aisles!
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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. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.
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