Easiest Section 4/Youth Band Test Piece

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by spiffy, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. spiffy

    spiffy New Member

    As I've posted on here before, we have a training band at Totnes of around 30 members from beginners through to several now playing with the main band.

    We're looking for a test piece to possibly play in the ungraded section at the SWBBA Contest in November.

    As an example of the kind of thing we're looking for, last year we played "The Rising Generation" by Edrich Siebert.

    Does anybody know anything similar that we might be able to use (we have looked at Anglian Dances and 4 Cities Symphony but these are beyond too many of our learners)

    Thanks for any help
  2. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Eric Ball wrote some simple stuff:
    'Indian Summer'
    'Devon Fantasy'
    'In Switzerland'
    spring to mind

    Reginald Heath's 'London River'?
  3. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

    Partita for band, Edward Gregson, not too hard and used to win my band contests years and years and years and years ago.
  4. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    Some of the Stuart Johnson stuff is very approachable. Northumberland Suite etc. Also, St Andrew's Variations by Alan Fernie could work?
  5. Despot

    Despot Member

    Would agree with this -

    Young In Heart by Eric Ball is another easy one
  6. Baton twirler

    Baton twirler Member

    Kiz7 mentioned St Andrew's Variations by Alan Fernie, this is a good one that has plenty in it but not overly difficult. I think it was used a few years ago in an Australian Youth 'B' section contest.
  7. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Little Suite For Brass Number 1 Malcom Arnold
    Divertimento Eric Ball
  8. its_jon

    its_jon Member

    Depending on the Quality of your soloist seats. Why not print out the North East Folk Suite by wizard composer Lee Morris.

    Nothing to loose in giving at a go. You can also view the full Score and Parts online before you take the plunge and hit the print button.

    North East Folk Suite is Free... click here .... its also a very modern arrangement.

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Martin Dalby's Music For A Brass Band?
  10. TrumpetTom

    TrumpetTom Member

    I would suggest a little suite for brass. Simon wood wrote a piece for the hade edge youth band when they were the honking hedgers years ago to play at holmfirth contest. That was even easier. Or if you have a classical piece in mind it could be arranged especially to suite your needs ...
  11. repiano83

    repiano83 New Member

    A Sunrise Impressions by Jan de Haan,
    Four Old Dances by Jan van der Roost,
    Inspiration by Jan de Haan,
    Music for Cinema by Bertrand Moren
  12. spiffy

    spiffy New Member

    Thanks to everyone for these suggestions. We've (myself and the MD) been able to look at several of these scores (particurlarly the older ones) that we have in the band room.

    As I said in the original post, most of the band are learners so when we look at 'full scores' its the inner parts where we're really struggling.

    Still, something to think about and an opportunity to look at some material that I wasn't previously familiar with

    For interest Tom, where would I find the Hade Edge piece? what's it called and is there any opportunity to just have a glance at the score? and the North East Folk Suite might be worth a closer look.

    Thanks again

  13. tubbytuba

    tubbytuba Member

    Gotta say a piece like the Rural Suite by Eric Ball could be a good choice maybe London River as Moomin recommended,played both years ago and should be well suited
  14. its_jon

    its_jon Member

    arrgh.... Im a bit frustrated as im working on something original which is 15 mins long in 5 movements for the FMFK site... Its just not ready yet :-?
    Keep checking the site though.... im going to take it off the back boiler but can't promise a completion date.
  15. tgfoxley

    tgfoxley Member

    Golland's 'Prelude, Song & Dance' is another option
  16. Joking0220

    Joking0220 New Member

    Some simple "Test Pieces" include ;
    Smoke Sketches - Daniel Hall
    Valerius Variations - Philip Sparke

    More Challenging;
    Oceans - Goff Richards
    The Journal of Phileas Fogg - Peter Graham
    Dark Side of the Moon - Paul Lovatt Cooper
    Kingdom of Dragons - Philip Harper

    I play with a development section band, we have played the "simple" pieces.
    And have began looking at the "more challenging" as we have strong solo players but have weak inner part players.

    Hope I could help!