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Dual Grade Series

  • Celtic Fantasy
    Celtic Fantasy
    “Celtic” is a widely used term. Its history and culture expands to modern day Spain, Portugal, and North America. However, in this piece, I have based my music on the typical “Celtic” areas of Ireland and Scotland. The Bagpipe drone at the beginning reappears several times. After the introduction, the music transitions to an Irish Reel, The Wind That Shakes The Barley.... “Celtic” is a widely used term. Its history and culture expands...   
  • Classic Cartoon Favorites
    Classic Cartoon Favorites
    Program Note Classic Cartoon Favorites is a medley of Disney music. I composed it such that beginning and experienced players might perform familiar music together. It has "Heigh-Ho!" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White, "Little April Shower" from Bambi, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from Three Little Pigs, and "The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71A" from Fantasia. While enjoying... Program Note Classic Cartoon Favorites is a medley of Disney music. I comp...    
  • Classical Delights
    Classical Delights
    Program Note Classical Delights is a dual grade score having parallel (A) and (B) parts. (A) is for experienced players at 2.5 grade level and (B) is for beginners at grade one. There are challenges for advanced students to perform the original melodies. This is a medley of classical works. While there are many fine original band pieces available, students do not always have the chance to perform... Program Note Classical Delights is a dual grade score having parallel (A) ...    
  • Evergreen Overture
    Evergreen Overture
    Composed in 2017 by recommendation from Brain Music (Bravo Music). “Evergreen” means “perennially fresh” or “never fading”. It depicts what I believe we all felt when we first truly enjoyed playing our instruments. This “Dual Grade” piece allows players of different experience levels to perform the same ensemble. A Part is for more advanced players... Composed in 2017 by recommendation from Brain Music (Bravo Music). “E...   
  • I, My, Me, Mine!!
    I, My, Me, Mine!!
    Many school bands face issues with student numbers and mixed performance levels. This piece was written to address both. Some parts are written with both A (Regular) and B (Beginner) on the same page. A is Grade 2.5 and B is Grade 1. You can divide A and B within the same section or you can assign different sections for A and B Parts. For example, Clarinet 1st (B), Trumpet (A), and Snare (B). B... Many school bands face issues with student numbers and mixed performance le...   
  • Reprice - from Spirited Away
    Reprice - from Spirited Away
    Program Note "Spirited Away" premiered in 2001, becoming Studio Ghibli’s number one animated feature. It also won the Golden Bear at the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival and Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards. It’s about a ten year old girl losing her way in a tunnel while moving to another town with her family. "Reprise" is from the film soundtrack near the end of the movie,... Program Note "Spirited Away" premiered in 2001, becoming Studio Ghibli’s...    
  • Scott Joplin Portrait
    Scott Joplin Portrait
    Program Note Known as the King of Ragtime, American composer/pianist Scott Joplin performed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During his brief career, he wrote numerous piano works and operas. This arrangement includes the following in medley form: - Pine Apple Rag - Please Say You Will - The Ragtime Dance - Heliotrope Bouquet - The Entertainer The intent here is to preserve basic style... Program Note Known as the King of Ragtime, American composer/pianist Scott...    
  • Short Stories
    Short Stories
    Written as a “Dual Grade” piece. (A) Part (Experienced player), (B) Part (Beginning-level player) – written for experienced and novice students to perform in the same ensemble. Perhaps starting in a minor key is unique for an entry level piece. “Misterioso” at the beginning depicts a scene of wandering in dark deep forest. After the forest, the mood lightens to a... Written as a “Dual Grade” piece. (A) Part (Experienced player),...