WIND BAND REPERTOIRE GUIDELINES AND RECCOMENDATIONS

 

Questions Worth Asking When Selecting Music for School Bands

  • Is the music a quality piece of art worth playing?

  • Does the music have harmonic, melodic, dynamic, formal and rhythmic variety?

  • Is the music technically accessible?

  • Does the piece fit into a macro plan for exposing students to music of different styles and kinds?

  • Will the piece be helpful in assisting students in developing an understanding and appreciation of the art of music?

 

Junior High/Middle School

  • A Little Night Music, Samuel Adler (Carl Fischer)

  • Prelude and Fugue in B-flat, J.S. Bach/Moehlman (Jenson)

  • Ginger Marmalade, Warren Benson (Carl Fischer)

  • Three Pieces for American Band Set No. 2, Timothy Broege (Bourne)

  • Overture for Winds, Charles Carter (Bourne)

  • Spring Festival, Chen Yi (ACF-Hal Leonard)

  • Old Churches, Michael Colgrass (ACF-Hal Leonard)

  • Down a Country Lane, Aaron Copland/Patterson (B&H)

  • Fantasy on a Colonial Air, James Curnow (Hal Leonard)

  • Adagio for Winds, Elliot del Borgo (Shawnee)

  • Toccata for Band, Frank Erickson (Bourne)

  • Hymn for Sunday, Don Gillis (Bourne)

  • Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, Percy Grainger (G. Schirmer)

  • Court Festival, William Latham (Summy-Birchard)

  • Rollo Takes a Walk, David Maslanka (Kjos)

  • Chant and Jubilo, Francis McBeth (Southern)

  • Canto, Francis McBeth (Southern)

  • Devonshire Overture, James Ployhar (Warner Bros.)

  • Slavonic Folk Suite, Alfred Reed (Hal Leonard)

  • Allerseelen, Richard Strauss/Davis/Fennell (Ludwig)

  • Cajun Folk Songs, Frank Ticheli (Manhattan Beach)

  • Rhosymedre, Ralph Vaughan Williams/Beeler (Galaxy-EC Schirmer)

  • Flourish for Wind Band, Ralph Vaughan Williams (Oxford)

  • Sea Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams (B&H)

  • Jana's Dance, David Gorham

  • Down by the Salley Garden, Michael Sweeney

  • Air for Band, Frank Erickson

  • Balladair, Frank Erickson

  • Kentucky 1800, Clare Grundman

  • Linden Lea, Vaughan Williams

  • Romanian Dances, Elliot del Borgo

  • Contredanse, Larry Clark (beginner)

  • Country Wildflowers, Larry Daehn (beginner)

 

High School 

  • Solitary Dancer, Warren Benson (Carl Fischer)

  • Symphony No. 1 "In Memoriam Dresden", Daniel Bukvich (Jenson)

  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song, John Barnes Chance (B & H)

  • Incantation and Dance, John Barnes Chance (B & H)

  • Elegy, John Barnes Chance (B & H)

  • Variations on a Shaker Melody, Aaron Copland (B & H)

  • Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn, Norman Dello Joio (Hal Leonard)

  • Scenes from the Louvre, Norman Dello Joio (Marks)

  • Toccata, Girolamo Frescobaldi (Belwin)

  • Jubilance, Caesar Giovannini (Fox)

  • Irish Tune from County Derry, Percy Grainger/Rogers (Southern)

  • Children's March "O'er the Hills and Far Away", Percy Grainger

  • A Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol, Percy Grainger

  • Country Gardens, Percy Grainger

  • Shepherd's Hey!, Percy Grainger

  • Commando March, Samuel Barber

  • Chorale and Alleluia, Howard Hanson (Carl Fischer)

  • First Suite in E-flat for Band, Gustav Holst (B & H)

  • Second Suite in F for Band, Gustav Holst (B & H)

  • Old Home Days, Charles Ives (Peer International)

  • William Byrd Suite, Gordon Jacob (B & H)

  • Third Suite, Robert Jager (Volkwein)

  • Elegy for a Young American, Ronald Lo Presti (Presser)

  • Canzona, Peter Mennin (Carl Fischer)

  • Pageant, Vincent Persichetti (Carl Fischer)

  • Psalm for Band, Vincent Persichetti (Elkan-Vogel)

  • Turn Not Thy Face, Vincent Persichetti (Elkan-Vogel)

  • Festivo, Edward Gregson (Novello)

  • After a Gentle Rain, Anthony Iannaccone (Shawnee)

  • Suite Francaise, Darius Milhaud (Hal Leonard)

  • Epinicion, Jon Paulson (Kjos)

  • Armenian Dances, Part 1, Alfred Reed (Fox)

  • Chester, William Schuman (Presser)

  • Toccata Marziale, Ralph Vaughan Williams (B & H)

  • English Folk Song Suite, Ralph Vaughan Williams (B & H)

  • Trauersinfonie, Richard Wagner/Cailliet

  • October, Eric Whitacre (Ranam)

  • Symphonic Dance No. 3, Clifton Williams (Fox)

  • Chorale and Shaker Dance, John Zdechlik (Kjos)

  • Song for Lyndsay, Andrew Boysen

  • Shenandoah, Frank Ticheli

  • Amazing Grace, Frank Ticheli

  • Kaddish, Francis McBeth

  • Dusk, Steven Bryant

  • Bayou Breakdown, Brant Karrick

  • Machu Picchu City in the Sky, Satoshi Yagisawa

 

 

 

Chris Mathakul · UW Bands · University of Washington School of Music · Box 353450 · Seattle, WA 98195 · e-mail: mathakul@uw.edu

 

 

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