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Great Music Reviews

  • “Lost Woods Fantasy” by JaRod Hall

    Nick Pierce | November 13, 2022JaRod Hall’s “Lost Woods Fantasy” is a wonderful grade 1.5 piece, and it was my students’ favorite last year. With melodic writing for every section—including percussion—and an epic, cinematic sound, it’s easy to latch on to and exciting to practice. A slow, mysterious opening invites the listener into the Lost Woods,  followed by an epic […] Read More...
  • Cook Strait Crossing

    Tiffany Hitz | October 13, 2022by Laura Estes, Excelcia Wind Band Music Published in 2021, Cook Strait Crossing is a newer band piece composed by retired MS and HS band director Laura Estes.  The piece tells the story of the passenger ferry Wahine running aground onto New Zealand’s Barrett Reef in the Cook Strait.  Not only am I a fan […] Read More...
  • Wild Symphony

    SBO Staff | August 2, 2022SBO: This review is a bit of a departure from our usual focus on Grade .5 to Grade 3 literature. Dan Brown, author of the The Da Vinci Code among other novels, has recently released a composition for orchestra, also transcribed for wind ensemble, entitled Wild Symphony. The work is in 21 short movements, each […] Read More...
  • Legends of the Galaxy: A Cosmic Fanfare

    Chandler Wilson | June 15, 2022In looking for a quality piece full of energy to open our spring concert, I settled on Legends of the Galaxy: A Cosmic Fanfare by Dr. Chandler Wilson. Wilson gained inspiration for this piece by contemplating the feeling of taking a journey through space. Beginning with a glissando from the trombones, an energetic cymbal roll, […] Read More...
  • This is a great piece of music: Shenandoah Triptych

    Mike Lawson | April 20, 2022Every band and orchestra director is always looking for great music to teach and perform. This can become even harder to find at grade .5 to grade 3. This is the first installment of music reviews from successful teachers sharing their “go-to” compositions. I hope SBO readers will share their reviews (see the WRITE FOR […] Read More...
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