HOLIDAY MUSIC

GRADE 1 & 1.5

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AAAGGGHHH!!! is a fun piece to play.  Both your audience and kids will have a blast.  There are lots of sound effects and I invite you to make them your own. There are the suggested techniques but let the kids have fun. None of the parts are above a 1st-year player as far as range. The trumpet and clarinet parts are split but are unison 95% of the time. 

WOODWINDS - Fl, Ob, Bsn, Clar(2), BC, AS, TS, BS.

BRASS - Trpt(2), Hn, Tbn, Euph, Tu (Low BR/WW mostly unison)

PERCUSSION- Mallets, SD, BD, Cymbal, Hi-Hat, Toms(3), Cabasa, Tambourine

Good King Wenceslas works as a great, quick opener for your Christmas Concert.  It is less than 2 minutes and very playable by 2nd-year musicians. The style is a fanfare more than a traditional holiday arrangement and lets your audience know this concert has started!. Though some parts are split, they are due to range and still play in rhythmic unison.

WOODWINDS - Fl, Ob, Bsn, Clar(3), BC, AS, TS, BS.

BRASS - Trpt(2), Hn, Tbn(2), Euph, Tu (Low BR/WW mostly rhythmic unison)

PERCUSSION- Timp, Bells, Xylo, Drum-set, Sus Cym, Sleigh bells

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JINGLE BELL MARCH is a fun march for all types of young bands.  At the same time, an older group could have a lot of fun bringing out many of the “hidden” parts and is easy to work up for that annual Christmas parade!

Though the main theme uses a march style of Jingle Bells, there are many other melodies used as counter melodies.  Be sure and bring out each of these on the repeats of each strain.

WOODWINDS - Fl, Ob, Bsn, Clar(2), BC, AS, TS, BS.

BRASS - Trpt(2), Hn, Tbn, Euph, Tu (Low BR/WW mostly unison)

PERCUSSION- Bells, SD, BD, Cymbal, Sleigh Bells, Wood Block

GRADE 2

Fantasy On A Good King is an extended version of my arrangement of Good King Wenceslas above. It would be rated at 2.5 with multiple divided parts in most sections with a duration of almost 3 minutes. As GKW, it is a driving fanfare and not a traditional Christmas arrangement. It also has variations on the melody with multiple time signatures in one section. Your audience and band will really enjoy the excitement of this piece.

WOODWINDS - Fl(2), Ob(2), Bsn(2), Clar(3), BC, AS(2), TS, BS.

BRASS - Trpt(2), Hn(2), Tbn(2), Euph, Tu 

PERCUSSION- Timp, Bells, Xylo, Drum-set, Sus Cym, Triangle, Tambourine,

Sleigh bells, Suspended Cymbal, Temple blocks, Crash Cymbals

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LOT'S OF CHRISTMAS is exactly what it says. There are about 20 songs spread throughout, over, under, simultaneously and many other ways throughout the piece. The audience will have fun keeping track of all of the songs. Playing levels are well within a 2nd-year player, but all of the rests, counting, changes, etc. give it the harder level. Once they have the individual parts down, it's very easy to put together.

WOODWINDS - Fl, Ob, Bsn, Clar(2), BC, AS, TS, BS.

BRASS - Trpt(2), Hn, Tbn, Euph, Tu 

PERCUSSION- Bells, Xylo, Chimes, Timpani, SD, BD, Cymbal, Wood block, Sleigh Bells, Triangle

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