Stars and Stripes Music. Ideas please!!

MattB

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We (Littleborough) are doing a Stars & Stripes concert on the 4th of July at Glossop Band Club (in association with tMp's own Strongbow).

We are desperately stuck for music to play, and need LOTS of suggestions as to what is available!

Please bear in mind we are a 4th section outfit with less than 2 months to practice!

Many thanks,

Matt.
 

Keppler

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Staff member
I refer you to Strongbow's thread http://themouthpiece.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7642&start=0

However, on looking at that, some of the music is quite challenging, so we'll leave this thread on specifically music suitable for 4th section band?

One suggestion from me would be "Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan. Perhaps not completely related, but should get away with it.
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
MattB said:
We (Littleborough) are doing a Stars & Stripes concert on the 4th of July at Glossop Band Club (in association with tMp's own Strongbow).

We are desperately stuck for music to play, and need LOTS of suggestions as to what is available!

Please bear in mind we are a 4th section outfit with less than 2 months to practice!

Many thanks,

Matt.
Challenging I know, but Olympic Fanfare and Theme? (It is Olympic year too)
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
Other suggestions either easily playable by a 4th section band or worth rehearsing (IMHO)

Cole Porter for Brass
Gershwin for Brass
Li'l Darlin
Liberty Bell
Puttin' On The Ritz
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Rhythm of Life
Miller Magic
Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
You could also try "The Blue and the Gray" and, whatever you may think of it, "Hootenanny" wouldn't be out of place.
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
PeterBale said:
You could also try "The Blue and the Gray" and, whatever you may think of it, "Hootenanny" wouldn't be out of place.
I actually really like the wind band version of The Blue and the Gray, but didn't like the BB transcription. Yeah, Hootenanny. Cheesy it might be, but it's appropriate. Also, how about some Leroy Anderson? (Buglers Holiday, Sandpaper Ballet, Serenata - all done for BB, but Serenata would need some work for a lower section band)
 

TuTuKu

Active Member
How about 'Radetsky Forever'... A mixure of the Radetsky March and Stars and Stripes Forever i think...

Can't remember arranger/publisher (i'm useless :roll: )

TuTuKu xx
 

johnmartin

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A bit more challenging perhaps but here are some good concert pieces with an American theme.

Almost any Sousa march
Almost any movie theme
Concert March from 1941, Steve Sykes
New York, New York arr. Wyss
My Way arr Fernie
Breezin' Down Broadway, Goff Richards
Oklahoma
American Pie
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Negro Spirituals
Georgia on my Mind, Goff Richards
Sweet Georgia Brown, Goff Richards
 

geordiecolin

Active Member
Dave Payn said:
lynchie said:
Dave Payn said:
Li'l Darlin
just make sure they don't speed up... heard my old youth band play it at the nationals and it was horrible!!
Abso- bleedin- lutely. Listen to The Atomic Mr Basie album to hear how it should go!
Apparently Neal Hefti wrote it at double speed, but when Count Basie first played it, he played it half speed, all (including Hefti) agreed that half speed was much better and so it stuck!!
 

lynchie

Active Member
it'd work pretty well both ways (he says singing it in his head double speed), but gradually accelerating throughout is a tad dodgy...

wonder what the adjudicators would think if a band at an entertainment contest decided to take it at the original tempo...?
 

drummerboy

Member
Keppler said:
However, on looking at that, some of the music is quite challenging, so we'll leave this thread on specifically music suitable for 4th section band?

One suggestion from me would be "Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan. Perhaps not completely related, but should get away with it.
Hmmmmm....we're doing that this summer, and it's proving more difficult than it looks, especially to make it convincing. Nice piece all the same (especially when you have the snare drum solo at the end!)
 
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