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Excelcia/Wingert-Jones Publications Release Two New Works

SBO Staff • News • January 3, 2023

Lakeland, Florida-based Excelcia/Wingert-Jones Publications announce two new works, by Peter Sciaino, and by Carol Brittin Chambers and Tyler Arcari.

United System for Winds & Percussion, A Mixed-Level Program for Groups and Individuals.  An innovative solution for Middle School directors presented with mixed instrumentation and varying ability levels, United System provides a versatile and practical approach for students to successfully play together while reinforcing fundamentals.

Developed and written by full-time public school music educator & popular composer Peter Sciaino, United System’s units and lessons are presented in three different levels – Bronze (.5-1), Silver (1-1.5), and Gold (1.5-2+) – all of which can be played together within one book.  Essentially containing three books in one, United System unites students, both literally and conceptually, onto the same page.

“Born from my own public school instrumental music program, United System answers the pressing question on how to fully engage students of mixed instrumentation at varying ability levels in a united environment, with a plug-and-play system for reinforcing fundamentals in a more progressive manner within a limited allotment of time,” explains author Peter Sciaino.  “I’m thrilled that band directors and music educators will benefit from this easy-to-use tool to enhance student success!”

Thoughtfully laid-out, progressive in nature, and a ready-to-go tool, United System reinforces fundamentals in a progressive manner.  Students can jump in at their appropriate level, and United System guides students to advance progressively as their skills improve. For example, United System allows a student to read from the easier “Bronze” line, while playing the same study alongside more advanced students reading from the “Silver” or “Gold” level line of music, motivating and engaging young musicians and bringing flexibility to the next level.  The book contains original exercises, scales, etudes and warm-ups, including thoughtful writing specifically for percussion instruments.

United System is ideal for both differentiated full-band instruction and for use in lesson groups, including those in smaller band programs and those with scheduling issues or “pull-out” instruction styles, resulting in significant progress with a variety of students in a limited amount of time.  The new book is also a great asset for private lesson teachers as well as all band directors with young or mixed-level ensembles.

United System is available from music retailers everywhere and from the publisher at $9.99 per student book and $34.99 for teacher edition.

About Wingert-Jones Publications:  Founded in 1964, Wingert-Jones Publications started as a labor of love between two instrument salesmen with a passion for grand, high-end band music. Merrill Jones started small, attending the 1964 National Band Clinic with just one piece: Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith. Wingert-Jones has grown into a nationally known publisher and has expanded its library to include orchestral and educational works. The Achievement and Early Achievement music series are among the most popular hands-on music learning collections in the U.S. https://wingertjones.com

The Complete Warm-Up for Band, A Modular Approach to Fundamental Development, written by prominent composers, clinicians and music educators, Carol Brittin Chambers and Tyler Arcari.  A new everyday book to be used in Middle School and High School band classes of any length, The Complete Warm-Up for Band provides well-rounded fundamental warm-ups that can be used by ensembles in short increments or in longer, more intensive rehearsals.  Using a modular structure, The Complete Warm-Up for Band offers flexible options and a thorough approach, regardless of class length, to develop tone, technique and musicianship for the concert band.

Written by veteran music educators and composers Carol Brittin Chambers and Tyler Arcari, The Complete Warm-Up for Band is structured using six modules: Body, Tone, Scale, Technical, Rhythmic and Ensemble Modules.  On the spot, Band Directors can pick one or more exercises in each of the modules to lead their ensembles in a comprehensive warm-up designed by educators who have been exactly in their shoes.  Whether the Director has 5 minutes or 25 minutes, each warm-up will include thoughtful exercises in breathing, stretching, long tones, scales, technical etudes and rhythmic studies, plus 40 chorales for use in ensemble development.

“As a music educator, I have always strongly believed in establishing fundamental concepts that can transfer easily from the warm-up to the music.  The Complete Warm-Up for Band is just that…complete!  Directors can start as simply as they like, with their younger, less-advanced ensembles, then progressively add on exercises as their groups mature. The extensive content means the book will never be outgrown!,” states Carol Brittin Chambers, Co-Author.  “And Tyler’s experience and perspectives made him the perfect partner in creating this book.”

“It has become clear to me how much ensembles benefit from more intentional, structured warm-ups.  I firmly believe that the roadmap for success resides in this book,” explains Tyler Arcari, Co-Author and Director of Music Production and Editing.  “Developing this project with Carol has been a dream come true, and I know that directors will find everything they need to improve the technical proficiency and musicianship of their students.”

Award-winning composer Carol Brittin Chambers is one of the most-often played composers and arrangers in the country and a sought-after clinician.  Currently on the faculty of Texas Lutheran University, Chambers previously taught middle school and high school band and private lessons for many years.  Tyler Arcari is a popular composer, arranger, author and clinician, whose music is played around the world.  Arcari also taught band at both the middle school and high school levels.  Arcari serves as the Director of Music Production and Editing at the publisher.

The Complete Warm-Up for Band is available from music retailers everywhere and from the publisher at $8.99 per student book and $39.99 for teacher edition.

About Wingert-Jones Publications:  Founded in 1964, Wingert-Jones Publications started as a labor of love between two instrument salesmen with a passion for grand, high-end band music. Merrill Jones started small, attending the 1964 National Band Clinic with just one piece: Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith. Wingert-Jones has grown into a nationally known publisher and has expanded its library to include orchestral and educational works. The Achievement and Early Achievement music series are among the most popular hands-on music learning collections in the U.S. https://wingertjones.com

About Excelcia Music Publishing: As a composer-led publisher, Excelcia Music Publishing provides musical and educational communities with new, school performance music for concert band, string orchestra, jazz ensemble, and choir, as well as methods, solos, chamber music, and resources for music educators.  Based in Lakeland, FL, Excelcia Music Publishing is known for publishing artistic, meticulously-edited, accessible music by composers who are sensitive to and passionate about the needs and educational aspirations of young musicians. Excelcia Music Publishing’s music is sold throughout the United States and internationally. www.excelciamusic.com

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