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An Annotated

Bibliography of Music for


Middle School Band with
a Non-Western
Emphasis
Nicole Muffitt
Kent State University
2015
Dr. Jesse Leyva, Advisor

Table of Contents

Foreward, Nicole Muffitt


Africa
Asia
Caribbean
Indigenous
Latin America
Middle East
Pacific Islands

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Foreward
Nicole Muffitt
As a member of Kent State Universitys Honors College, I have been gifted the chance
to earn credit by taking on individual projects. This list of works for middle school band is a
result of this opportunity and the guidance of Dr. Jesse Leyva, Director of Bands at Kent State
University.
I wanted to compile a repertoire list and chose to focus on two of my favorite topics,
middle school and ethnomusicology. Many people are nervous about middle school students as
they are known for the attitude problems associated with entering adolescence, but I feel this is
the perfect age to approach the topics of patience, compassion, and acceptance in many areas.
Music, I believe, offers the perfect backdrop to introduce cultural awareness and acceptance.
With this philosophy in mind, I began searching for titles.
Originally, I planned to include music from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Non-central
Europe, Indigenous cultures, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands but after
doing some preliminary research, I decided to cut out European cultures altogether. It was
simply too easy to find titles that fit the category, and the number of European-influenced works
would have far outweighed the rest of the areas listed.

On the topic of influence, I would like to stress that the majority of works presented here
are just that - products of influence. It is very hard to translate instruments from other cultures to
a band setting, and the differences in approach to rhythm, meter, and tonality are even more
difficult to translate to a middle school setting.
Having this in mind, I feel there are two things band directors need to consider when
selecting works from this list or any other work based on an unfamiliar culture: cultural
appropriation and expansion of content knowledge.
As a member of Generation Y, I have grown up with the expansive globalization brought
about by the internet, and with globalization comes the blending of cultures. In many settings,
cultures can be explored by members of other cultures in a positive respect, but it is important
that unfamiliar cultures are not misrepresented or misused. Think of the heat several schools
with Native American mascots are under; these cartoonish, misrepresentations of Native
American culture is an example of cultural appropriation. Then, you may ask, how do we
perform these works in a way that accurately represents these cultures to our students and
audiences? Content Knowledge.
When studying to teach, we learn how to blend content knowledge and pedagogy. It may
easy enough to say to ourselves I understand my music theory, I understand my music history,
I have a good idea of what to perform. I have enough content knowledge., but this idea is
simply not enough. Each time we present a new work to our ensembles, we must be able to
present to them the context of the work. This should involve the general form of the work,
relevant historical information, background information on the composer, melodic content, and
style among other things. When performing a piece of music that has a non-Western emphasis,
it is crucial that you explain to your students the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the work and what
that means both as a performer of music and a global citizen.
For instance, many bands have performed John Barnes Chances Variations on a
Korean Folksong. Playing this work broadens your students ears and technical abilities, but
without cultural insight, your students miss out on the global relevance of the work. The folksong
featured in this work is called the Arirang, and it is a very well known folk song in Korea. It
speaks of a river, the Arirang, and is considered Koreas unofficial national anthem. We would

not have our students play My Country tis of Thee without a sense of reverence, and so to play
Variations on a Korean Folksong without the necessary context and musical respect, we are
doing a disservice to our Korean brothers and sisters and to our students, whose ideologies
towards other cultures will shape the future of not only our own country, but the world.
However, playing multicultural music does not have to be seen as a whole lot of fruitless
work! Multicultural music offers music teachers an opportunity to present new ideas to their
students, especially pertaining to tonality and rhythm. Using the same example, Variations on a
Korean Folksong is a perfect selection to use when teaching your students about the pentatonic
scale, knowledge that can translate to music theory, jazz, and even composition for students
who may be interested in that path. It also offers a variety of meters.
While not ever middle school piece of music will offer the same variety of tonality and
meter, multicultural music is a great way to catch students interest and vary their musical diet.
Selections on this list and others will help your students open both their ears and eyes as they
approach music and the world.
As it stands, this project is a good, but developing resource for band directors. It is a mile
long and an inch deep in many respects.
In the future, I would like to expand this project by including key and time signatures for
each work, the percussion required, and any unique compositional techniques that teachers
should be aware of before choosing to perform any of these works. I also wish to meet with
members of Kent State Universitys Ethnomusicology program to discuss which works stand out
as being most authentic. I would also like to compile examples of lesson plans for a few of these
works.
Further, I would like to get this list published through a music education journal, and
present this research at a music education conference, such as the OMEA conference or the
Midwest Clinic.

Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank Dr. Jesse Leyva for being an
outstanding professor and mentor. My future as an educator will be greatly impacted by what I
have learned from him.

Nicole is currently a senior student at Kent State University


in Kent, Ohio. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois
where she attended St. Richard School and Mother
McAuley Liberal Arts High School. She is currently studying
Music Education and Trombone Performance and plans to
graduate December 2016. She is interested in pursuing
music education and ethnomusicology graduate degrees
and would like to one day be a college professor. She can
be contacted through her website,
nicolecmuffitt.weebly.com.

Africa
Ah-free-kah!
Composer: Julie Giroux (b. 1961)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 2:20
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6a3tZaSyBg
Performance by George Junior High School at the Midwest Clinic

Publishers Note
A very accessible, rhythmic piece, with opportunities to include additional African indigenous
percussion instruments.

African Journey
Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 2:39
Discography: https://www.fjhmusic.com/band/mp3/b1064.mp3
From the FJH site
Publishers Note
The use of "snares off" and a tom-tom part will take your students on a musical safari with
African Journey. Open 4ths and 5ths create a very mysterious setting. The piece also features
some excellent contrapuntal writing between the ostinato figures and the melodic line that will
keep student interest high during both rehearsal and performance time.

African Road
Composer: Paul Jennings
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:40
Discography:
African Road uses actual folk melodies, exotic instruments and great musical effects to take
you on a musical journey across the vast, majestic continent of Africa. Very effective!
J.W.Pepper

African Samba
Composer: Adam Gorb (b. 1958)
Publisher: G&M Brand International Music
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 3:16
Discography: http://www.gmbrand.co.uk/mp3/10273.mp3
From the G&M site

Another tuneful and accessible piece for younger players from British master-composer Adam
Gorb. He starts with the traditional slow chant, adds the infectious samba rhythm, and lets it roll!
A great piece with plenty of Latin percussion. C. Alan Publications

African Sketches
Composer: James Curnow (b. 1943)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:50
Discography: http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=861706&
From the Hal Leonard site

If you are planning a multi-cultural performance, you should look at this piece. Based on three
African folksongs, this composition is a must, especially for a Black History Month performance.
A wonderful learning experience for young students! J.W.Pepper

Africata
Composer: Quincy C. Hilliard (b. 1954)
Publisher: FJH Music
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:00
Discography: https://www.fjhmusic.com/band/mp3/b1107.mp3
From the FJH site
Publishers Note
Exploring the rhythms and sounds of Africa, Quincy Hilliard uses some unusual percussion
sounds as well as clapping and pencils hitting stands. A slow, lyrical section provides excellent
opportunities to work on phrasing. The main theme then returns to build to a powerful and
exciting conclusion. Perfect for the multicultural portion of your concert!

Full of the rhythms and sounds of African music, this exciting overture offers an exotic flair for
your next concert! Your drummers are in the spotlight, using everything from lots of auxiliary
percussion to pots and pans to create a unique tonal experience. Your wind players will find the
parts quite playable, and they'll love getting to jam with hand claps and hitting pencils on their
music stands. An impressive and unique piece! J.W.Pepper

Furaha!
Composer: Brian Beck
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 3:20
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10453091.item#.VnL3vjZK7zI
from J.W.Pepper

Publishers Note
Travel to the Great Lakes region of Africa with composer Brian Beck in his new work "Furaha!"
Meaning "joy" in Swahili, "Furaha!" captures the festivity of a people who love to dance and
sing. Written in 5/4 time, this piece provides an opportunity to challenge musicians rhythmically
in a way that is fun and engaging.

Travel to the Great Lakes region of Africa withthe colorful writing of this joyous work. The title
translates as"joy" in Swahiliand the music captures the festivity of a people who love to dance
and sing. Written in 5/4 time, this piece provides an opportunity to challenge musicians
rhythmically in a way that is fun and engaging. J.W.Pepper

Kenya Contrasts
Composer: William Himes (b. 1949)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:20
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/kenya-contrasts/192626/?s=1
From Stantons Listening Lab
This concert work is based on melodies from Kenya which originate in two children's counting
games. Using "Wakarathe" from the Kikuyu tribe and "Tangewou" from the Kipsigis tribe, this
work is an excellent adventure into multi-cultural programming. J.W.Pepper

Serengeti
Composer: John Higgins
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:08
Discography: http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?
seriesfeature=EEXPL1&itemid=25519010&
From the Hal Leonard Website
Publishers Note
This colorful concert work is based on folk themes of central Africa. It features traditional concert
band percussion instruments throughout and easy, repetitive syncopation for the entire band.
Sections include: Safari, Voodoo, Celebration, and Sunset.

This colorful concert work is based on folk themes of central Africa. It features traditional
concert band percussion instruments and easy syncopation. Impressive for concert or festival.
J.W.Pepper

Sun Cycles
Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 2.5-3
Duration: 6:00

Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10312653.item#.VnL5FDZK7zI
From J.W.Pepper

Publishers Note
This innovative work is based on the Egyptian Sun God Ra and features a wealth of Middle
Eastern percussion instruments. A mystical opening leads into the main theme of the work,
representing the beginning of day. The second section, Journey through the sky, takes the
listener on a journey with Ra as he flies through the clouds, following the sun's rotation. A dark
passage represents his journey to the Underworld before the original theme returns once more
to represent Renewal. Music then builds as an incredible series of modulating chords and
textures all combine to bring the piece to a tremendous and powerful conclusion. Extremely
compelling!
The essence of the Egyptian sun god Ra is heard in this intriguing programmatic piece. The
opening section, "Sunrise," represents the beginning of a new day. The music becomes more
vibrant as Ra is reborn and emerges as the sun. "Journey through the Sky," the second portion,
takes the listener on Ra's daily excursion as he flies through the sky to a lively and dance-like
theme. The music turns darker and more subdued as Ra makes his descent into the
"Underworld." Finally the piece leads to the "Renewal," which completes the full cycle of the sun
god's day. Captivating! J.W.Pepper

Swahili Folk Song Hymn


Composer: arr. Kevin Mixon
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:49
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10050939.item#.VnL5MjZK7zI
From J.W.Pepper

Publishers Note
This spirited number from East Africa will keep all members of your group busy. Percussionists
play authentic rhythms that groove and there is an optional section where students can easily
improvise, compose or play written solos. Cross-curricular opportunities abound and multiple
National Standards can be met without compromising rehearsal time. To top it off, itll be a hit at
your performance too!

Cross-curricular opportunities abound with this spirited number from East Africa.
Percussionists get to groove with authentic rhythms and the band has opportunities to
improvise, compose or play written solos throughout. A sure performance hit without
compromising valuable rehearsal time. J.W.Pepper

Uganda Lullaby
Composer: Heskel Brisman (1923-2001)
Publisher: Elken-Vogel, Inc
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 1:45
Discography: Available through Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Vol. 2 grades
2-3, disc 3

Variations on an African Hymnsong


Composer: Quincy Hilliard (b. 1954)
Publisher: CL Barnhouse Company
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 6:01
Discography: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/012-2607-00.mp3
From the C.L.Barnhouse site
Publishers Note
Exciting music based on a Nigerian folk hymn, Quincy Hilliards setting is perfect for contest or
concert use. Interesting harmonies, beautiful tone colors and driving polyrhythms all combine to
make this a very appealing selection, especially for groups with large percussion sections. Give
your students a glimpse of music from another culture rarely heard or performed by wind bands.
Truly Exceptional!

Winds of Morocco
Composer: Robert Sheldon (b. 1954)
Publisher: CL Barnhouse Company
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:03
Discography: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/012-3149-00.mp3
From the C.L.Barnhouse Website

Publishers Note
Exciting and colorful composition featuring short solos for several woodwind instruments
and provides a marvelous change of pace for any concert or contest. Exotic melodic
lines and harmonies are combined with the powerful rhythms of Northern Africa to
create a memorable musical experience. A wonderful choice for smaller high school
bands
Exotic touches of tonal color will make the shifting winds and sands of North Africa come alive!
The haunting themes of this unique composition have a subtle metrical feel which helps to
represent the desert's ever-changing landscape. Intriguing percussion parts will have your
drummers entranced as well. Smaller bands will find the setting works just as well for their
needs. It's a strong choice for concert or festival programs! J.W.Pepper

Asia
Arirang and Akatonbo
Composer: Kosaku Yamada
Publisher: Brain Music
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 5:20
Discography: http://www.brain-music.asia/zencart/index.php?
main_page=product_music_info&cPath=114_67_81&products_id=1357
From the Brain Music site

Akatonbo
Composer: Joseph Spaniola (b. 1963)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 3:10
Discography: http://www.musicapropria.com/musicpages/akatonbo.html
From the Music Propria site

Publishers Note
This setting is an absolutely beautiful one of a classic Japanese children's song written by
composer, conductor and educator Ksaku Yamada. Here is a superb piece to instill sensitive
playing and phrasing in any age group. Wonderful orchestration by Dr. Spaniola. While the
piece is not difficult technically, it poses and excellent opportunity to understand the significance
of maturity in playing.

Ancient Voices
Composer: Michael Sweeney (b. 1952)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 1.5-2
Duration: 3:45
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2306835.item#.VnQTyTZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper Site

Publishers Note
Rarely does any single publication have such an effect on band literature as this unique and
striking composition from 1994. Individually, the parts are relatively simple. Yet the combined
effect is sophisticated and impressive far beyond its easy level. Michael uses a wealth of
contemporary devices (including tone clusters, recorders, singing, pencil tapping) to create an
aura of prehistoric times. This new edition includes a full recording and is a must for every
program.

This is a mystical and exciting piece for developing players! Michael Sweeney has included
some really creative ideas including group vocals, an optional recorder section feature, and

percussive effects done by wind players. This will be a big hit with your band. J.W.Pepper

Asian Folk Song Rhapsody


Composer: Richard Saucedo (b. 1959)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:05
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Asian-Folk-Rhapsody/2470637.item#.VnQTAjZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Here is a wonderfully creative and distinctive multicultural piece that will surely be a standout in
any festival or contest program. Using three contrasting melodies, Richard has crafted a work
that will showcase your band's capabilities in a variety of styles. Included is a quasi march
treatment of The Bamboo Flute, a beautiful chorale setting of Sakura and ending with the
familiar Korean Folk Song.

Here's a creative and moving suite of folk songs from China, Japan and Korea! Set in three
distinct movements, it opens with the lively, upbeat Chinese song, The Bamboo Flute, beautiful
in its simplicity. The second movement is the slow and lyrical Japanese song, Sakura, and the
finale is a lively version of the Korean song Ahrirang. Three enjoyable songs that make a great
addition to any performance! J.W.Pepper

The Bonsai Tree


Composer: Julie Giroux (b. 1961)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 3:00
Discography: http://www.musicapropria.com/musicpages/bonsai_tree.html
From the Music Propria site

Publishers Note
Sandai-Shogun no Matsu, a five-needle pine bonsai (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) is
considered one of Japans national treasures. The tree is at least 500 years old and is
considered to be one of the oldest known living bonsai trees. It is documented as having been
cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu (August 12, 1604 - June 8, 1651) who was the third shogun of
the Tokugawa dynasty. Sandai-Shogun no Matsu is housed in the Tokyo Imperial
Palace."Although the center of this famous trees trunk is now totally hollow, it has been
carefully nurtured for generations, and gazing at its gnarled form today, a sense of awe is felt at
the forceful destiny that has allowed such a small piece of life to survive for so many centuries.

Brave Spirit
Composer: Randall D. Standridge (b. 1976)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publishers
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:41

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Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Brave-Spirit/10520936.item#.VnQQpzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Commissioned by a North Carolina Middle School as part of a cross-curricular multi-cultural
school project, this authentic work captures the spirit of Chinese music beautifully with the use
of a pentatonic scale, a synthesized mandolin, and solos for flute and piccolo. Brave Spirit
begins with a slow introduction featuring a flute/piccolo duet, then launches into a stirring, tomtom driven fast section. A peaceful middle section featuring the synthesized mandolin sound
interjects before the fast melody returns to bring this wonderful Chinese style band work to a
stirring conclusion.

Bushido
Composer: Michael Story
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 3:27
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10453281.item#.VnQQXDZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
A stunning setting of three traditional Japanese songs that have been seamlessly interwoven in
this robust arrangement. Translated, the title refers to the code of ethics embraced by Samurai
warriors for centuries. These three melodies are intended to inspire courage, respect, honor,
frugality, loyalty, and honesty. A noble musical message suitable for any performance or
instructional environment. (3:30) This title is available in SmartMusic and Music Prodigy.

Chinese Folk Fantasy


Composer: James Curnow (b. 1943)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:33
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Chinese-Folk-Fantasy/10316510.item#.VnQPwDZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
The distinctive music of China and its rich history in the arts give this medley a special appeal to
student performers. James Curnow's excellent blend of three traditional folk melodies is ideal as
a teaching piece for young bands, and also an effective number for contest or festival. Includes:
Dayung Sampan, Shalihonba and Yangtze Boatmen's Chantey.

Chinese Folk Song Medley


Composer: Robert Garofalo
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publishers
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:13
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/chinese-folk-song-medley/242836/?s=1

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From the Stantons Listening Lab

Publishers Note
Exquisite miniature for young band that includes singing, pentatonic scales, contrapuntal
textures and very creative percussion writing.

China Sea Voyage


Composer: Gene Milford (b. 1946)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters Publications
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:23
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2477792.item#.VnQDkzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
A rhapsody of three melodies from countries which border the South China Sea, this is an
excellent introduction to music from these ancient and rich cultures. Included are Land of Thai,
Surliram (Indonesia) and The Purple Bamboo (China). Skillfully scored for the modern concert
band, this setting maintains the integrity of the original music. Excellent scoring for percussion!

Dorian Haiku
Composer: Scott Watson (b. 1962)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 4:00
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Dorian-Haiku/10453106.item#.VnQDczZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note

In this unique work, two centuries-old cultural elements are fused to create an engaging,
beautiful performance vehicle for intermediate bands. Western Dorian mode andEastern Haiku
poetry combine tocreate manyopportunities for teaching both musical and cross-curricular
concepts. J.W.Pepper

Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song


Composer: Samuel R. Hazo (b. 1966)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 5:30
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhrOde0qT78

Publishers Note
A tour de force of exotic sounds and emotional design, this major work from Samuel Hazo will
leave your audiences breathless. Based on the hauntingly beautiful Sunayama, this composition
tells a story of the inner conflict of a Japanese girl who falls in love with an American. She is torn

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between a life with him in America and her longing for the culture of her childhood. From time to
time she plays a music box given to her by her parents (Sunayama theme), bringing a flood of
homeland memories. The composer weaves together a tapestry of sounds and moods as the
piece builds to a fulfilling climax of musical drama and power.

Based on the hauntingly beautiful Sunayama, a tapestry of sounds and moods are woven
together to represent this dramatic story in musical terms. The exotic sounds and emotional
design of this major work will leave audiences breathless. J.W.Pepper

Fantasy on Sakura Sakura


Composer: Ray Cramer (b. 1940)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 3:17
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhqXiN-tFfs
A Youtube recording of the LMEA District IV Honor Band

Publishers Note
Sakura Sakura is perhaps the most famous of all Japanese folksongs. It is recognized
throughout the world. This setting was done as a gift from Ray Cramer to the Musashino
Academia Musicae and the student members of their fine wind ensemble. Within a few months
after the premiere, the manager of the wind ensemble, Koichi Onodera, died at an all too early
age. He loved this setting and the piece brought him tears with each hearing. During Cramer's
stay in Tokyo, while working with the wind ensemble, Cramer and Onodera developed a very
close friendship. Cramer greatly admired Onodera's intense loyalty and dedication to the school
and the students. Ray Cramer felt it was only fitting that this work be dedicated to his memory.
The setting is very Japanese in style, character and timbre. Take great care in carefully
balancing the band, to insure that all moving lines are clearly heard at all times. Enjoy!

Japanese Folk Song Suite


Composer: Bill Kaneda
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 8:30
Discography: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/japanese-folk-song-suite-sheet-music/834105
Recordings available from Sheet Music Plus

Publishers Note
Japanese Folk Song Suite consists of three songs for children:
- Warabe-Uta, or Where Are You From?; an ancient song
- Lullaby
- Antagata-Dokosa, or An Ancient Priest in a Mountain Temple; a simple, lively tune that often
accompanies the children's game of bouncing a handball.

Japanese Pictures
Composer: Kevin Mixon

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Publisher: Carl Fischer


Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 3:01
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Japanese-Pictures/10312454.item#.VnP_ITZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper Site

Publishers Note
Japanese Pictures draws inspiration from both traditional and modern Japanese music. The
harmonies are western as suggested by the accompanying melodies, and the percussion is
styled to give the sounds of a taiko drum ensemble. Young bands will find this piece intriguing
and different. Use this work as part of your multi-cultural approach to teaching music
appreciation. Also a good choice for contest or festival performance.

Japanese Pictures draws inspiration from both traditional and modern Japanese music. The
harmonies are western as suggested by the accompanying melodies, and the percussion is
styled like a taiko drum ensemble. Both your band and audience will find this piece intriguing
and unique. J.W.Pepper

Kitsune: The Fox Spirits


Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:55
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10091704.item#.VnP-7zZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Inspired by Japanese folklore, this incredibly colorful work is based on two authentic folksongs
that are both related to the mythical kitsune, or fox spirits. The use of alto and soprano
recorders and unique keyboard / percussion effects helps create timbres and textures not often
found in works at this level. A mysterious opening portrays an owl guarding a forest against
wolves and kitsune. This moves into a vivid and wild depiction of the malicious yako (the
mischevious trickster). The music then relaxes to depict the zenko, the benevolent kitsune.
Eventually, the two compete against each other as the music comes to a riveting conclusion and
your percussionists transform into a massive taiko drum ensemble. Incredible sounds for young
bands!

Kokyou
Composer: Masamicz Amano
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Hprk8O_ro

Korean Folk Song Medley


Composer: James Ployhar (1926-2007)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:34

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Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5j8u9Jd-4

Publishers Note
Three delightful Korean folk songs provide a musical visit to another culture. This work is tailormade for audience and player enjoyment. Program this one at any time of the year to broaden
melodic and harmonic experiences.

This easy medley of three Korean folksongs, the last of which is the same song used by John
Barnes Chance in his Variations On A Korean Folk Song, gives you a very fresh, somewhat
"different" work which may be utilized very effectively. J.W.Pepper

Korean Folk Song Rhapsody


Composer: James Curnow (b. 1943)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:48
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Korean-Folk-Rhapsody/2204071.item#.VnP7pzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
What a marvelous work for younger bands! Based on the famous pentatonic Korean folk song, it
features easy, colorful percussion effects. A striking change of pace.

Kyoto
Composer: Quincy Hilliard (b. 1954)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 6:23
Discography: http://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/kyoto/WB341/
From Stantons Sheet Music

Publishers Note
Capture the flavor and excitement of Japanese culture with Kyoto! Lyrical melodies and exciting
taiko-style drumming sections features every student in the group.

Land of the Rising Sun


Composer: Michael Story
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:49
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10014925.item#.VnP6XzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Subtitled "A Japanese Folk Trilogy," Michael Story has merged the familiar yet haunting Sakura,
the bright Night Star and the delightful Hana-Ichi Momme. "Land of the Rising Sun" is a

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wonderful opportunity to briefly feature your flute and percussion section while introducing music
of another culture.

Letter from Sado


Composer: Jodie Blackshaw
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 5:00-7:00
Discography: http://composersforum.org/programs/education/jodie-blackshaw
Download available from the American Composers Forum

Publishers Note
Letter from Sado is an exciting new piece for young band based on a Japanese haiku of the
same name. Sado refers to Sado Island in Japan in which various artists, religious and military
leaders were sent in exile many years ago. The island has historically had a strong community
of taiko drummers and as such, the piece incorporates optional homemade taiko drums.

To capture the idea of interpretation and the concept of reading between the lines, the students
are invited to become decision makers about particular sections in the music. For example, the
opening and closing sections of the piece use the same material, which is a selection of
repeated melodic figures. The students themselves decide how to play these figures as
individuals, in small teams and then as a whole band. Their decisions include ideas regarding
tempo (how fast?), dynamics (how loud?), and articulation (smooth, short, or hard?). To inspire
them, we use the haiku poem; i.e., the opening section invites the students to play the material
as if it were a 'stormy, wild sea' and the closing section invites the students to play the same
melodic figures but this time, draw their inspiration from 'Heaven's River,' or as we know it, the
Milky Way. In-between, there is an elaborate, heavily textured section that becomes increasingly
powerful. The music doesn't rest harmonically until the whole band plays in unison. These
multiple layers of sound represent the many thoughts and ideas that would have surrounded
those individuals sent to Sado Island in exile, the final unison is representative of their own
breakthrough experience sending them on a pathway to inner peace and acceptance. Jodie
Blackshaw

Postcard from Singapore (Suite of Singaporean Folk Songs)


Composer: Philip Sparke (b. 1951)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 9:15
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2481637.item#.VnP38DZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
This three-movement work is based on traditional children's songs from Singapore. Movement 1
is based on Gelang sipaku gelang, a well-loved folk song that has become associated with the
Geylang area - a song about community spirit and people living together in harmony. The slower
second movement utilizes Di-tanjung katong, a song popular with childrens' choirs. Finally,
Movement 3 blends two traditional melodies: Lenggang kangkung, which tells of the graceful

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swaying of watercress in the rice paddy fields; and Munnaeru vaalibaa, a traditional
Singaporean song that has become a patriotic anthem.

This three-movement suite is based upon authentic Singaporean folk songs. Tuneful and
musically rewarding, each movement has its own unique character. The entire suite is about
eight minutes in duration, making it a very nice addition to any concert program. J.W.Pepper

Sakura
Composer: Michael Story
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 1.5-2
Duration: 3:00
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZRhJtNvbo
A Youtube performance by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble

Publishers Note
Sakura is an ancient Japanese children's song. It is traditionally accompanied by a koto (a long
13-stringed instrument) or a shamisen (a 3-stringed lute) and various gongs, drums and bells.
This is a musical visit to a culture quite different from our own. Captivating!

Temple blocks and other interesting percussion instruments create a charming Japanese
atmosphere in this creative piece! Captivating, multi-cultural, and guaranteed to keep your
percussionists busy! J.W.Pepper

Singapura Suite
Composer: Jan van der Roost
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2.5
Duration: 8:00
Discography: http://www.janvanderroost.com/compositions/band_works/singapura_suite
From Jan van der Roosts site

Composers Note
Singapura Suite was commissioned by Singapore's Ministry of EducationExtracurricular
Activities Branch to serve as a compulsory piece for the 1999 Singapore Youth Festival.
"Singapura" is the original name of Singapore in Malay, the native language there. Because
Singapore is one of the most important harbors in the world, this two-piece work opens with a
seaman's dance. An authentic melody, Chan Mali Chan, is woven into the middle of this first
part, whose ABA form becomes clear through the recapitulation of the seaman's dance in a
somewhat altered form. Singapore is also a dynamic city-state alive with excitement, thus the
second part begins with a fitting dance, a fast bourre. As contrast there is a second authentic
melody, Dayung Sampan, a more easygoing sailing song. This short but curious suite ends in
high spirits with a recapitulation of the beginning.

Three Chinese Miniatures


Composer: Robert Jager (b. 1939)

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Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Company


Difficulty: Grade 3-3.5
Duration: 6:55
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy6uf61FtVY
A Youtube performance by the ACI Band
Publishers Note
Three Chinese Miniatures is a three movement masterwork by award-winning composer Robert
Jager. Commissioned by the Republic of China Band Association for the Seventh Asian-Pacific
Band Convention, this captivating concert/festival gem employs Western-influenced settings of
three Chinese folk songs. Its contrasting movements, entitled "The Wind," "Send Jin De Ma" ("A
Maiden"), and "A Love Song of Kang Ting City" are ideal vehicles for introduction of the
pentatonic scale, and offer an abundance of multicultural teaching opportunities.

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Caribbean
Calypso a la Rondo
Composer: Elliot del Borgo (1938-2013)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 1:00
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/calypso-a-la-rondo/301724/
From the Stantons Listening Lab

Publishers Note
The simple melody and harmony creates a background for your percussionists to show off on a
variety of instruments. What makes this piece so unique is that the wind parts are involved,
serving a more important role than accompaniment. A great way to feature percussion while
providing plenty of teaching opportunities for the winds as well.

Your percussionists will have lots of fun with the calypso-style rhythms, while your band floats
attractive melodies above their groove. The wind parts add a nice sparkle and follow the
traditional rondo form. J.W.Pepper

Clarinet Calypso
Composer: Philip Sparke (b. 1951)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 3:30
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2475039.item#.VnQkGDZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Music from the Caribbean is instantly recognizable - it somehow conveys sunshine and lazy
summers and is full of the feel-good factor. It is this infectious happiness that composer Philip
Sparke has tried to capture in Clarinet Calypso. Featuring the percussion section throughout
(which may be elaborated if more players are available), it opens with an optional clarinet solo
and then duet before the whole band takes up the theme. The brass then presents a contrasting
second theme, which is repeated with different instrumentations. Following a brief climax, the
clarinets reverse their roles and the piece ends as it began.
Here's a real "feel-good" Caribbean-style tune the whole audience will enjoy! The captivating
calypso beat and sparkling clarinet themes recall days filled with warm sunshine and ocean
breezes. There's plenty of percussion parts to go around, too. The clarinet parts are very
playable, with only the first clarinets having to cross the break. J.W.Pepper

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Indigenous
Apache Lullaby
Composer: Michael Colgrass (b. 1932)
Publisher: Carl Fisher
Difficulty: 2
Duration: 4:45
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/apache-lullaby/317540/
From the Stantons Music Listening Lab

Publishers Note
Based on a lullaby that an Apache mother sings to her child, this lyric piece for developing band
is a series of variations on this beautiful melody. Different sections of the ensemble are featured
in each variation, with easy counterpoint introduced to the young musicians in a natural and
attractive setting that brings the tranquility, mystery and heroism of Native American culture to
life.

Aztec
Composer: Erik Morales (b. 1966)
Publisher: FJH Music
Difficulty: 2
Duration: 3:55
Discography: https://www.fjhmusic.com/band/mp3/b1265.mp3
From the FJH site

Publishers Note
The mystery and wonder of the ancient Aztec civilization serves as the basis of this innovative
and colorful new work. A large battery of percussion compliments the energetic writing in all
instruments. After a mysterious introduction, a theme is presented in a call-and-response
fashion that is passed throughout the ensemble. The piece develops seamlessly from section to
section as it builds to a dynamic conclusion. An excellent work for concert or festival!

A dramatic overture for younger bands! A slow mysterious-sounding opening with a theme
that's introduced by the clarinets is followed by a more aggressive section in 3/4 that's carried
by the percussion. A colorful selection that's great for introducing the concept of chromaticism
and syncopated rhythms, while keeping your percussion section busy. Nice! J.W.Pepper

Aztec Celebration
Composer: David Shaffer (b. 1953)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Difficulty: 2
Duration: 2:24
Discography: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/015-3161-00.mp3
From the C.L. Barnhouse site

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Publishers Note
Big and bold, this exceptional David Shaffer original will make your young band sound great!
Starts out with a stately majestic section, then moves to a faster tempo which features easy but
very effective percussion writing. Very accessible throughout and sounds much more difficult
than it is. A perfect choice for concert or festival performances. Very Impressive!

This exceptional David Shaffer overture will make your band sound great! Colorful sonorities
abound, from the opening stately section, to the faster, bold section which features easy, yet
effective percussion parts. It's at just the right length to allow your players to sound their best
from beginning to end! Well done! J.W.Ppper

Aztec Sunrise
Composer: John Edmondson (b. 1933)
Publisher: Queenwood/Kjos
Difficulty: 1-2
Duration: 2:45
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl0_jR6MyfE
Provided to Youtube by NAXOS of America, Recording by Rutgers Wind Ensemble

Publishers Note
This descriptive piece, with its haunting melody and unusual percussion effect, evokes the
mood of a quiet dawn in ancient Mexico. If you liked Anasazi, you'll love this!

This is exceptionally good! With a haunting melody and unusual percussion effects, it evokes
the mood of a quiet dawn in ancient Mexico. Written carefully within the limitations of the very
young band, it is a moderately slow, introspective piece that cannot help but make your young
students more musically sensitive while they enjoy the process immensely! It's excellent for
both rehearsal and performance, and we recommend it very highly! J.W.Pepper

Aztlan
Composer: Victor Lopez
Publisher: Alfred Music
Difficulty: 2.5
Duration: 5:00
Discography:

Publishers Note
A dynamic forceful opening statement develops to the charming clarinet melodic component. A
haunting section develops to a restatement of the opening theme building to a dynamic
conclusion. Aztln is a delightful overture for use in any concert or contest setting. Stunning!

An intriguing composition that conveys the might and mystery of the ancient Aztec culture. The
triumphant opening is followed with a melodic and haunting section that develops gradually to a
restatement of the beginning, driving the work to a fiery close. Additional percussion
instruments and an optional piano part add to the effectiveness of this fascinating selection.
J.W.Pepper

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Dance of the Spirits


Composer: Michael Sweeney (b. 1952)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: 2.5
Duration: 5:30
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/dance-of-the-spirits/458186/?s=1
From the Stantons Music Listening Lab

Publishers Note
The Native American Cree tribe refer to the aurora borealis (or northern lights) as the dance
of the spirits. Using a variety of unusual sounds and effects, quickly changing textures and
surprises, Michael Sweeney has created a musical impression of this phenomenon's stunning
beauty and unpredictable nature. An exciting and unique addition to the young band repertoire,
this will be enjoyable to rehearse and perform.

Native Americans refer to the aurora borealis, or northern lights, as the "Dance of the Spirits."
Using a variety of unusual sounds and effects, quickly changing textures and surprises, this
phenomenon's stunning beauty and unpredictable nature are captured in this musical depiction.
Exciting to rehearse and perform! J.W.Pepper

Etowah
Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 2:39
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/etowah/383322/
From the Stantons Music Listening Lab

Publishers Note
Heavily influenced by Native American sounds, Etowah pays homage to the great Cherokee
and Creek nations that once thrived in modern day Georgia. The opening sounds echo the spirit
of the ancient city of Etowah before the music builds, taking the listener back to when the city
thrived. Including a large battery of percussion, innovative harmonies, and interesting textures
not normally found in young band music, this is certain to be a huge favorite!

Pay homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in present-day Georgia
with this powerful piece. A large battery of percussion provides an authentic sound as different
parts of Native American life can be heard in the winds. The energy, intensity and expression of
the music bring attention to these great peoples and remind us of the rich heritage they left
behind. J.W.Pepper

Grandmother Song
Composer: Brent Michael Davids (b. 1959)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: 3
Duration: 3:43
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/grandmother-song/294216/?s=1

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Sample recording from Stantons Music Listening Lab

Publishers Note
Grandmother Song is an introduction to the Mohican tradition of sung syllables, or what
Native Americans call vocables. Combining them with traditional wood flute songs, composer
Brent Michael Davids offers a fresh look at the sound of Native American songs. Band
instruments are performed less as musical instruments and more as talking sticks, singing
reeds, rustling winds and shooting thunder. Through this beautiful ballad, students are given the
materials to understand how Native Americans celebrate the world around them through the
blending of words and song.

Kachina: Chant and Spirit Dance


Composer: Anne McGinty (b. 1945)
Publisher: Queenwood/Kjos
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 2:23
Discography: http://www.queenwood.com/mp3/QK_882/Q882131.mp3
From the Queenwood/Kjos site

Publishers Note
This work depicts the supernatural being associated with ancestral spirits, the kachina, from
Pueblo Indian culture. Here is a great musical and multicultural teaching piece with intriguing
percussion and a plaintive chant that builds to a spirit dance celebrating the kachina's link
between gods and mortals.

This composition can serve as a vehicle to enhance and develop artistic use of percussion
instruments in a young band. The prominent use of percussion throughout this piece makes it
ideal for developing percussionists to improve in the areas of touch, good section balance, and
technique on keyboard percussion and several types of drums. GIA Publications

Kalanu
Composer: Julie Giroux (b. 1961)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Difficulty: 3
Duration: 4:45
Discography: http://www.musicapropria.com/musicpages/kalanu.html
From the Musica Propria site

From the composers Program Notes


The Voice of the Raven
I am the voice of the raven upon wind.
My harsh cries echo long upon the earth and air.
Nothing is Forever.
Not life. Not love.
Not death. Nor loss.
Only Change is Eternal.
and only destruction can seed the creation form

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To face me is to face your greatest terror.


the shadow of yourself.
the unknown and the dangerous.
In chancing destruction,
your fear loses its power to destroy.
For only in acceptance of Mortality
will you learn the secrets or immortality
as I,
the Ravens
possess.

Author unknown.

Publishers Note
This work is based on the poem The Voice of the Raven and the ideology and spirituality of the
raven as a totem spirit. Programmatic in nature and highly rhythmic, this work takes the listener
on a musical journey focused on the life of a Cherokee Indian warrior who has been chosen by
the spirit of the raven.

Katsista (Iroquois Campfire)


Composer: Michael Grady (b. 1965)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music company
Difficulty: 2
Duration: 3:27
Discography: http://kjos.vo.llnwd.net/o28/mp3/WB_300/WB369.mp3
From the Neil A. Kjos Site

Publishers Note
Meaning fire in the Iroquois language, Katsista was inspired by traditional Iroquois
ceremonies involving the extinguishing of old household fires, the stirring of ashes, and the
rekindling of new fires. The melody, while original, imitates native American songs in its
simplicity, inflection, and quiet beginning. Ample use of steady-paced percussion provides a
ceremonial feel.

Gradys composition Katsista gets its title from the Iroquois word for firein particular the ritual
fire that represented the seat of power in the Iroquois nation. Grady explains that the inspiration
for the piece came while he was spending time with his wife and twin sons sitting around the
fire. He remembered stories of the Iroquois Midwinter Festival, and the ritual of extinguishing
and rekindling the ceremonial fires. This colorful celebration, which includes expressive chants,
feather dances, and drum dances, was a natural inspiration for a piece of music for young band.
Grady says that Iroquois music is characterized by plaintive melodies and frequent use of
flutes. He also lists a number of percussion instruments used in Iroquois music, including
rawhide and wooden water drums, rattles, and ankle bells. As a result, flute and percussion
predominate. GIA Publications

Mazama
Composer: Jay Chattaway (b. 1946)

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Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse


Difficulty: 3
Duration: 7:22
Discography: http://barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/WA-OCB101-00.mp3
From the C.L. Barnhouse site

Publishers Note
An incredible concert work by noted composer Jay Chattaway that youll have to experience for
yourself. This popular contemporary tone poem successfully evokes the moods and spirit of an
American Indian saga. A outstanding concert or contest selection that your students and
audiences will love!

Mazama, like Frank Tichelis Cajun Folksongs, is suitable for good grade three ensembles and
honors, high school, and college bands. It must be stated that the ocarina is an essential
instrument in this work. There can be no substitution from the standard band instrumentation for
the sound and character of this instrument. GIA Publications

Native American Homage


Composer: Kevin Mixon
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration:
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10015297.item#.VnL7KzZK7zI
From J.W.Pepper

Publishers Note
To honor Native American cultures, Kevin Mixon has creatively scored "Native American
Homage." This work represents music typically heard at many modern-day powwows,
commingling authentic sounds of nature and intertribal music. Contrasting lyrical and bravura
sections authentically and respectfully present a substantive introduction to America's oldest
known indigenous music. This compelling new work will move audiences and draw critical
acclaim. A real winner!

Honor the rich heritage of Native American cultures. This represents music typically heard at
many modern-day powwows along with authentic sounds of nature and intertribal music. An
authentic and respectful introduction to America's oldest known indigenous music. Recording of
nature sounds included. J.W.Pepper

Paloyoloyo
Composer: John Swain (1950 - 2003)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Difficulty: 2.5-3
Duration: 6:47
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/paloyoloyo/308337/
From the Stantons Music Listening Lab

From the Composer

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Paloyoloyo, Anonymous Cahuilla Indian Composer ca. 1600. Originating around four hundred
years ago, this song is an extract from the "Birdsong" cycle, songs of celebration and
commemoration which reminded people of their migration on this land. The earliest Cahuilla
musicians played a rattle as accompaniment, but by the time of the missions, the drum had
been imported from other Native American nations. This composition is cast in two parts. The
allegro section is based on a fragment of the original melody that is passed through several
sections of the band. The opening melody of the slow section is a countermelody to the original
melody, which is finally introduced in the second part of this section in on voice of a woodwind
trio. The third statement of the melody and countermelodies for full band is followed by the
melody for one solo instrument with drum accompaniment. In effect, everything that comes
before can be considered a fanfare to the presentation to this beautiful melody.

Two Native American Songs


Composer: Jim Scheuer
Publisher: Alliance Publications Inc.
Difficulty: 2
Duration: 3:10
Discography: http://www.apimusic.org/two-native-american-songs.html
Sample recording from Alliance Publications Inc.

Publishers Note
This arrangement of two Native American songs, the Ojibway "Do Not Weep" and Winnebago
"Forget Me Not" offers young bands a cultural insight!

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Latin America
Blue Tango
Composer: Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 2:57
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/78667.item#.VnQ1RzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
At the height of his career in the mid-1930s, Leroy Anderson began arranging for Arthur
Fiedler's Boston Pops Orchestra. Later, Fiedler encouraged him to write his own tunes for the
Pops. His compositions, more than 50 in number, virtually define the sound of the contemporary
American pops orchestra. Blue Tango was a #1 hit in 1951, juxtaposing the charismatic melody
over a traditional tango pulse. The work captured the spirit of an era. This new edition was
originally arranged by the composer for concert band and has been freshly re-engraved with a
full score for the first time, permitting a uniformity of articulation throughout the work.

This no.1 hit from the 50's continues to help define the sound of contemporary American
popular orchestra music. Arranged for concert band by the composer, the charismatic melody
and the traditional tango style combine with subtle blues influences to capture the spirit of the
era while creating a work of world-wide appeal. J.W.Pepper

Brazilian Folk Dance Suite


Composer: William E. Rhoads (b. 1966)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 3-3.5
Duration: 6:24
Discography: http://www.kjos.com/detail.php?division=1&table=product&prod_id=GB834
Available on the Neil A. Kjos site

Publishers Note
This suite consists of three songs adapted for concert band and set in rhythmic dance forms
native to Brazil: Bossa Nova, Beguine and the Brazilian Quickstep. A real concert favorite!

Camino del Sol


Composer: Steve Hodges (b. 1952)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2.5
Duration: 2:25
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10453082.item#.VnQ2ZTZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note

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This energetic composition features active percussion and vibrant themes with seamless
transitions from Latin to rock and back. Translated as "path to the sun," the band will generate
some heat with this piece!

Danzon
Composer: Leonard Bernstein, arr. Jay Bocook (b. 1953)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 3:00
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10460916.item#.VnQ37jZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Influenced by the traditional Cuban dance style, Danzon is a brilliant piece composed by
Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with famed choreographer Jerome Robbins for the 1944
ballet Fancy Free. Jay Bocook's skilled adaptation for band captures the sensual mood of the
original and offers a unique programming choice.

Fiesta la Vida
Composer: Robert W. Smith
Publisher: C.L.Barnhouse Company
Difficulty: Grade 2.5
Duration: 3:24
Discography: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/011-3724-00.mp3
From the C.L.Barnhouse site

Publishers Note
Written in tribute to a young musician who loved his Mexican musical heritage, Robert W. Smith
has created this concert/festival work that will be a standard in the young band repertoire.
Inspired by classic band literature as well as the unique flavors of the Mariachi culture, Fiesta La
Vida is a celebration of life and music. The infectious rhythmic figures combined with the
melodic and harmonic effects will make your developing band sound mature and at their
absolute best!

Latin Folk Song Trilogy


Composer: William Himes (b. 1949)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 8:00
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2448298.item#.VnQ5nTZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Movement I of this bright, cheerful suite is based on El Tortillero (The Tortilla Vendor) and is
creatively scored including the joyful dissonance of a busy street corner. The heartfelt and
poignant second movement makes a pleasant contrast, and the Allegro festivo marking for the

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third movement depicts fun in the sun and includes wonderful percussion parts. This is a rather
large-scale work for Grade 3; but the suite format keeps it manageable, and William Himes'
skillful scoring keeps all parts interesting and within appropriate technical demands.

A Little Salsa Music


Composer: Adam Gorb (b. 1958)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:30
Discography: http://c-alanpublications.com/little-salsa-music-a/
From the C. Alan Publications site

Publishers Note
A Little Salsa Music is a short piece that reflects my love for the joy and passion that is found in
Salsa music. Hopefully when players of this piece have negotiated the intricate syncopated
rhythms they will be able to let their hair down and party!

A Little Tango Music


Composer: Adam Gorb (b. 1958)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:30
Discography: http://c-alanpublications.com/little-tango-music-a/
From the C. Alan Publications site

Publishers Note
A Little Tango Music is a short sequence of melodies inspired by the curvaceous, melancholic
and dangerous dance from Argentina that is the tango. The three brief movements can be
played in any order, continuously, or separately.

Los Ritmos de la Tierra


Composer: Victoriano Valencia
Difficulty: Grades 2-4
Duration: The 10 individual works in this selection very in length, but all are available for
listening.
Discography: http://victorianovalencia.com/ritmos-de-la-tierra
From Valencias site

Mexican Festival (out of print)


Composer: Quincy Hilliard (b. 1954)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 5:40
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/mexican-festival/156940/?s=1

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From Stantons Listening Lab

Mexican Fiesta
Composer: John Moss
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 4:51
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10005356.item#.VnQdQDZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
In this musical sojourn into the colorful folk music heritage of Mexico, John Moss uses authentic
sounding original melodies with varied styles and colors. Sombrero Nuevo features the trumpets
and saxes in a brisk paso doble. The clarinets present the haunting and lyrical La Rosa
Montaa, and finally the uplifting Fiesta Verano provides a festive conclusion to this engaging
work.

Authentic sounding melodies with varied styles and colors are the basis of this musical sojourn
into the folk heritage of Mexico. Trumpets and saxes are featured in the opening paso doble,
Sombrero Nuevo, followed by the haunting and lyrical La Rosa Montana presented by the
clarinets. Fiesta Verano provides a festive conclusion to this engaging piece. J.W.Pepper

Reflexao e Danca
Composer: Lisa Fleming May
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 2.5
Duration: 3:28
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2472028.item#.VnQYPzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Teaching improvisational techniques is easily explained in this new Brazilian-style work. An
open section of the piece gives the director choices about who should play what part (i.e. bass
line, melody, harmony, solos - all written in each individual part), and when to play. This
excellent teaching tool is also great for concerts or festival programming.

The Tango Disappearing


Composer: Timothy Broege (b. 1947)
Publisher: Maestro and Fox
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 2:45
Discography: Recording available through Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Vol. 8
grades 2-3 disc 2

Publishers Note
Commissioned by Madison High School in New Jersey, The Tango Disappearing was

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composed during the winter of 2005 and was premiered there the following spring. The music
is dedicated to the Maroon Band of Madison High School and its band director, Mr. Robert
Seibert. The commission was also supported by the Madison Music Association, Ms. Beth
Fissel, President.This one movement work begins and ends with a tango that is touchedwith
melancholy. In the middle, an anachronistic march "invades" the melancholy mood and
attempts to banish all traces of the tango. And yet the tango and its mood of regret return. No
longer capable of much energy, however,the sad dancegradually fades away. This piece was
written as a companion movement to the composer's Prelude & Fughetta (also available from
Maestro & Fox). The two movements may be performed together since they share some
musical elements.

Tres Danzas de Mexico


Composer: William E. Rhoads (b. 1966)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 9:31
Discography: http://trnmusic.com/products/Tres-Danzas-de-Mexico.html
From the TRN site

Zacatecas March
Composer: Genero Codina, arr. Andrew Glover (b. 1962)
Publisher: C.L.Barnhouse Company
Difficulty: 3.5
Duration: 4:15
Discography: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/012-2770-00.mp3
From the C.L.Barnhouse Site

Publishers Note
The most famous of all the Mexican marches, presented in a new edition skillfully arranged for
the modern concert band by Andrew Glover, it is perfect for concert or contest use.

Zandunga Serenade
Composer: Carlos Chavez (1899-1978)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 3:30

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Middle East
Arabian Dances
Composer: Roland Barrett
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 3:07
Discography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWH5vYHQTbg

Publishers Note
Join Roland Barrett on this multicultural musical journey depicting a nighttime celebration
dancing around a roaring campfire. The work opens featuring a brief clarinet solo setting the
stage and the bold dance commences. A real treat for your entire band is the relentless energy
depicted combining characteristic melodies with energetic hand clapping. A rousing choice!

Arabian Dances
Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 3-3.5
Duration: 6:30
Discography: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/arabian-dances/432199/
From Stantons Listening Lab

Publishers Note
Explore Middle Eastern sounds with this work that combines authentic traditional melodies and
rhythms with original music. After a haunting opening, authentic Middle Eastern percussion
instruments create the groove that accompanies the folk song Ala Dalona. As the orchestration
builds, original themes are intertwined before the percussion ensemble becomes the focus of
the third section. The final melody, Tafta Hindi, develops until it morphs into an ostinato over a
magnificent presentation of the original theme that is found throughout the work. A riveting
ending brings this thrilling work to a dynamic close!

Dervish Dance
Composer: Elliot del Borgo (1938-2013)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 2-2.5
Duration: 2:53
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2481262.item#.VnQ8YjZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
When one sees the name of Elliot Del Borgo, it is immediately associated with concert band
music of the highest order. Dervish Dance is no exception. Here is an energetic dance set in the
Dorian mode (natural minor), which gives it the Middle Eastern flavor. The opening section can
be played as fast as possible followed by a contrasting slow section. The closing is a powerful

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depiction of the famed "Whirling Dervish." Even though the piece is speedy, the notes lay well
under the fingers, and it sounds much more difficult than it is. A great festival opener or closer!

Israeli Dance
Composer: Fred M. Hubbell
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: Unavailable
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2321214.item#.VnQ8tDZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Persian Dances
Composer: Elena Roussanova Lucas
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Difficulty: Grade 3.5
Duration: 3:29
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/2481126.item#.VnQ-FzZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
This new cultural work from the pen of Elena Roussanova Lucas is sure to be a long-time
favorite. With vivid energy in a traditional dance style, Persian Dance has varied tempi and
offers exposure to a variety of styles.

Snake Charmer
Composer: Randall D. Standridge (b. 1976)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publishers
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 5:44
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/Snake-Charmer/10066563.item#.VnQ-NjZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
This highly evocative work invokes the air of exotic mystery that surrounds the art of snake
charming. An eastern scale, very colorful percussion writing, aleatoric techniques, and an
optional loud or soft ending make "Snake Charmer" a one-of -a-kind work that adventurous
bands will not want to miss. Use of the included scale study sheet will help students understand
the mechanics of the music and add to their success playing what should become a classic in
the young band literature.

A View from Istanbul


Composer: Amy Dunker (b. 1964)
Publisher: Alliance Publications, Inc.
Difficulty: Grade 1.5-2

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Publishers Note
A View from Istanbul has an Arabic melody used as the motif for this work for student ensemble
arranged by Amy Dunker

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Pacific Islands
Kamehameha
Composer: William Owens (b. 1963)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 2
Duration: 2:10
Discography: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/kamehameha-the-great-warrior-sheet-music/
7864698
From the Sheet Music Plus site

Publishers Note
Relive the legend of Kamehameha, the warrior-king of Hawaii who came to power in the lateeighteenth century. A bold and powerful introduction signifies the declaration of war. Driven by
percussion, the ensuing woodwind melody provides the framework for the piece. After the music
slows briefly, the mighty army prepares for its next conquest, and the music comes to a rousing
conclusion as the great king fearlessly leads his army to victory!

Oceania Dances
Composer: Kevin Mixon
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Difficulty: 1.5-2
Duration: 3:04
Discography: http://www.jwpepper.com/10094431.item#.VnQk-jZK7zI
From the J.W.Pepper site

Publishers Note
Oceania Dances uses traditional music from Tahiti and Hawaii, islands located in the geographic
region of the Pacific Ocean commonly referred to as Oceania. The recurring rhythms,
prominently presented in the percussion solo sections, are derived from frenetic percussion
music used to accompany Tahitian dancers.This piece gives you the chance to include the
music of other cultures, but yet still has all of the traits of solid band literature. You can't go
wrong with this selection for contest/festival.

Spirit of Aloha
Composer: Brian Balmages (b. 1975)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Difficulty: Grade 3
Duration: 4:45
Discography: https://www.fjhmusic.com/band/b1620.htm
Download available from the FJH site

Publishers Note
Inspired by a trip to Honolulu, this music embodies the aloha spirit that so many discover when
visiting the islands of Hawaii. Making use of a wealth of authentic percussion instruments (along

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with many options for substitutions), the piece truly captures the bright spirit of Hawaii. An
optional ukulele part is cued in other instruments, and the piece concludes with a powerful
rendition of Hawaii Aloha, an anthem of great pride to those who live in Hawaii. Magical!

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