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  • Mastering Marimba: Laying the Foundation for Independent Rolls

    Mike Lawson | November 12, 2015

    (c) ShutterstockIn the late 1970s, the independent roll technique was reserved for a handful of major new works for marimba. The focus of this article is the roll as developed by marimba virtuoso Leigh Howard Stevens. Over the past forty years, the independent roll has become common in marimba literature. It is also a technique that has no published method book devoted solely to its development.

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  • Frank Ticheli’s List: July

    Mike Lawson | July 24, 2015

    Divertimento for BandThis installment of concert band repertoire reviews features music in a range of difficulty levels by Gustav Holst, Samuel Adler, William Himes, Percy Grainger, Donald Grantham, Warren Benson, and Stravinsky. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of core repertoire for concert band selected by composer Frank Ticheli of USC. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers and Dr. Alan Lourens.

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  • April Essential Repertoire: Frank Ticheli’s List

    Mike Lawson | April 7, 2015

    This installment of concert band repertoire reviews features music in a range of difficulty levels by Gustav Holst, Samuel Adler, William Himes, Percy Grainger, Donald Grantham, Warren Benson and Stravinsky. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of core repertoire for concert band selected by composer Frank Ticheli of USC. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers, Dr. John A. Darling, and Dr. Alan Lourens.

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  • Frank Ticheli’s List

    Mike Lawson | January 26, 2015

    This installment of concert band repertoire reviews features music in a range of difficulty levels by Bob Margolis, Leonard Mark Lewis, Carl Strommen, Timothy Broege, Michael Story, and Mark Williams.  “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of core repertoire for concert band selected by composer Frank Ticheli of USC. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers, Lawrence Stoffel, and John Darling.

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  • Essential Repertoire: Frank Ticheli’s List

    Mike Lawson | November 23, 2014

    This installment of concert band repertoire reviews features music in a range of difficulty levels by James Curnow, Bob Margolis, Pierre La Plante, Jennifer Higdon, and Scott Lindroth. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of core repertoire for concert band selected by composer Frank Ticheli of USC. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers, Lawrence Stoffel, and John Darling.

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  • Repertoire Review: August, 2014

    Mike Lawson | August 20, 2014

     

    This installment of concert band repertoire reviews features music in a range of difficulty levels by John Kinyon, Larry Daehn, Steve Rouse, Aaron Copland, and Dana Wilson. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of core repertoire for concert band selected by composer Frank Ticheli of USC. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers and John Darling.

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  • Essential Repertoire: May 2014

    Mike Lawson | May 19, 2014

    This installment of core concert band repertoire features reviews of music suitable for an array of grade levels from composers Clancy Weeks, Jan Van der Roost, Bob Margolis, and Karel Husa. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of outstanding repertoire for concert band selected by celebrated composer Frank Ticheli. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers, John Darling, and Lawrence Stoffel.

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  • Repertoire Review: April 2014

    Mike Lawson | April 15, 2014

    This installment of core concert band repertoire features reviews of music suitable for an array of grade levels from composers Michael Sweeney, Charles Carter, Norman Dello Joio, and Charles Rochester Young. “Frank Ticheli’s List” is a compilation of outstanding repertoire for concert band selected by celebrated composer Frank Ticheli. These pieces have been reviewed by Gregory Rudgers and Lawrence Stoffel.

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  • Essential Repertoire: November 2013

    Mike Lawson | November 19, 2013

    Essential Repertoire: From the Top presents select reviews from “Frank Ticheli's List,” covering core repertoire for concert band chosen by composer Frank Ticheli.

    "Amber Terrace Dreams” by Christopher Tucker

    C. Alan Publications   •   Grade Level: 2   •   Approximate Duration: 2:30

    “Amber Terrace Dreams,” commissioned by the Amber Terrace Intermediate School Band of Desoto, Texas, is intended to celebrate today’s youth as they enter the critical crossroads of life as young teenagers. Tucker has managed to create an engaging musical experience without the traditional melodic and harmonic framework that so many composers resort to for a piece at this level. From an innocent and ethereal beginning, an optimistic sense of joy and exuberance blossoms throughout this piece.

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  • Essential Repertoire: October 2013

    Mike Lawson | October 17, 2013

    Essential Repertoire: From the Top draws upon “Frank Ticheli's List,” core repertoire selected by Frank Ticheli, and “Above The Rest,” the best newer material chosen and reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Gershman. Together, these reviews form a comprehensive guide to the best new and core repertoire for concert band.

     

    “Train Heading West and Other Outdoor Scenes” by Timothy Broege

    Manhattan Beach Music

    Grade Level: 1

    Approximate Duration: 4:30

    “Train Heading West and Other Outdoor Scenes” is a three-movement work intended for beginning band. Each movement describes a different “outdoor” scene, providing the opportunity to introduce the concept of program music at a very young age. The first movement is subtitled “Solemn Ceremony” and is intended to portray a Native American dance ritual; the second movement is self-explanatory, “Rain on the Mountains”; and the third movement follows a “Train Heading West” as it pulls out of a train station and disappears into the horizon.

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  • Essential Repertoire: September 2013

    Mike Lawson | September 17, 2013

    Concert Band Music Reviews, September 2013

    Essential Repertoire: From the Top draws upon “Frank Ticheli’s List,” core repertoire selected by Frank Ticheli, and “Above The Rest,” the best newer material chosen and reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Gershman. Together, these reviews form a comprehensive guide to the best new and core repertoire for concert band.

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  • Essential Repertoire: August 2013

    Mike Lawson | August 19, 2013

    Concert Band Music Reviews, August, 2013

    Essential Repertoire: From the Top draws upon “Frank Ticheli’s List,” core repertoire selected by Frank Ticheli, and “Above The Rest,” the best newer material chosen and reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Gershman. Together, these reviews form a comprehensive guide to the best in new and core repertoire for concert band.

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