Marches for Junior Bands

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by baritoneosh, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. baritoneosh

    baritoneosh Member

    Recently I started a new thread, regarding test pieces for junior bands, and the response was fantastic.:)

    I was hoping for suggestions now for marches for Junior bands. Grade 2-3 if possible?

    Looking forward to suggestions!

    thanks :tup
  2. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Well if you're looking for traditional marches and want to avoid the obvious and dreary 'slaidburn' (and I rather hope you do ;) ) then consider:

    Blaze Away
    True and Trusty
    Sons of the Brave
    Westward Ho
    The Chieftan

    All fairly simple stuff, but nonetheless good for that. If you leave out the soprano obligato, (or have a very promising young sop player) you could get away with 'The New Colonial' as well. As for ones that are maybe a little trickier, but well-known so youngsters will probably like playing them, how about:

    Colonel Bogey
    The Great Escape. (There are a few simple arrangements as well as high-grade ones.)

    Hope that helps.

    Andi (Self-confessed march geek)
  3. winterman

    winterman Member

  4. sniperjp

    sniperjp Member

    My old junior band played the North Star(NOT THE CONTEST MARCH :|), I think it was one of William Rimmers???? Don't quote me on that one though. Great sounding march and fairly easy.
    Also tried slaidburn!
  5. Beesa

    Beesa Member

    I don't think the minor key of Slaidburn sits too well with younger ears. (and a bit austere - I believe it was based on an Eastern Bloc military funeral march)

    I think a good standard 2/4 march is important to allow a junior band to understand what a march is all about. 1-2=left right, 8 bar intro, 8 bar phrases, bass solo, trio, DC etc.

    Then True and Trusty to show the difference and probably introduction to a 6/8 march. Although most of us at the likes of Whit Marches, when hear True and Trusty strike up, probably think "here we go again" , but if you are starting out in brass bands then the melodies definitely stick with you as much as anything on Top of the Pops or whatever the kids listen to these days. Plus there's a chance for a quick history lesson on J.A. Greenwood!
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  6. sjs

    sjs Member

    These two marches from our Springboard Series have been specifically written for junior band and have proved to be very popular:

    Lancastrian March by David Gwynne

    Listen to it here: March BB .mp3

    and you can see the score here : March.pdf

    Miles Ahead by David Gwynne Ahead BB.mp3 Ahead.pdf

  7. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Active Member

    Have a try of this freebie (anyone) Royal Osborne the 2 score files can be printed back to back.
    (includes extra BC parts and F horn parts)
  8. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Oh, try Barnard Castle and Ballycastle bay as well. Both bright and bouncy 6:8 marches - albeit unfortunately lacking much of interest for the basses.

    Ballycastle Bay is particularly good for teaching kids how dotted rhythms in compound time sit, as there are quite a few places where the melody line has groups of three comprising dotted-quaver, semiquaver, quaver - a rhythm that's known to cause problems if not fixed in the head early on!
  9. bassmittens

    bassmittens Member

    mode for.... have a rather good junior band version of under the double eagle - with full score

    I also had a simplified version of "liberty bell" which had a full score, sadly i can't recall who this was by :(

    For what it's worth, Stannington training band loved playing Slaidburn when i took them.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  10. Brass_Head

    Brass_Head New Member

    Slaidburn is a classic and has some really good teaching points including the minor key.
  11. trombonebabe

    trombonebabe Member

    New Recruit was the first march I played. Barnard Castle is a bit tricky for Grade 2-3.
  12. Mello

    Mello Active Member

    The March of the Lost Sheep ...from Kirklees Music.

    It is not really a contest march , as it was originally written for the Douglas Town Junior Band. They enjoy it , and even the senior band liked it , so have played it themselves in concert. It is very simple and shoud do the trick

    Gordon Higginbottom
  13. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Definitely try Hollyhedge March, Stuart Johnson. It's catchy, like Barnard Castle, but simple enough for your average 10-13 yr olds! Might be out of print but someone's bound to be able to get it for you.
  14. baritoneosh

    baritoneosh Member

    Thanks for all the sugestions. I have found a few of them, and will be giving them a try in my next rehersal.

    Any mor suggestions?

  15. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    I'd also recommend "The New Recruit", specifically because it has 16 bars rest (twice) for the cornets in the trio section, which is ideal for less-experienced players (and is also the reason we still use it ourselves on long marching jobs ... :oops: )

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