Welcome to our Pre-ISSMA Concert
Below you will find the program and information regarding each piece. We hope that you will enjoy this new approach to the program.
6th Grade Band:
Atlantis by Anne McGinty
Rising Star by Samuel Hazo
Anasazi by John Edmondson
Atlantis by Anne McGinty, is one of the most treasured pieces for young bands. the work is described as a dramatic and colorful piece for young band. The composition utilizes the first six notes musicians learn in a very complex and exciting way.
McGinty writes for bands of all levels, including elementary and middle school bands. She has written compositions and arrangements for concert band, string orchestra, flute, and flute ensembles. In 1987 McGinty and her husband John Edmondson formed Queenwood Publications. They managed the creation, production, promotion, and international sales and distribution of the catalog. McGinty is a member of the American Society of Composers and a member of the National Flute Association, where she served for two years on the Board of Directors.
Rising Star was commissioned by the Rising Starr Middle School Band, Fayetteville, GA. Rising Star (2006) is written in a Cantabile style for very young bands. It begins with a suspended cymbal roll into a four measure introduction and then continues into a long, sustained melody in the flute consisting entirely of quarter, half, and whole notes. As with much of Hazo’s writing, the piece is driven by tone colors and beautiful passing lines more than by a specific melody. While the simplified instrument ranges and rhythmic values lend this piece to a very young band, the performance will be very musically taxing for young players to maintain a beautiful blend and appropriate balance through the very dense and rich chords existing throughout the work.
The Anasazi (pronounced “on-uh-SAH-zee”) were a tribe of Indians who lived in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. The Name Anasazi is an anglicized for of Navajo word meaning “the ancient ones.” They lived from about 1 AD to about 1300, and there is not apparent reason for their decline and disappearance. The elementary band composition is named for that ancient tribe, and is dedicated to the 1986-87 Anasazi Elementary School Band and their director, Mark Alexander. The School is located just a few blocks from the composer’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Declaration and Dance by Larry Clark
Morning Mist by Robert Sheldon
Silverbrook by Michael Sweeney
In Declaration and Dance, Listen carefully to this work and you will find it difficult to believe that this ‘real’ music is built on just six notes commonly found in the first book of all band and instrument methods. The harmonic structure and the marvelous colors and timbres of the piece do not betray the ease of performance. The opening theme is bold and declamatory, followed by the more dance-like second theme. This piece is as fun for the kids to play as to listen in the audience. The percussion section has several instruments that are more exotic including a gong, tambourine and vibraslap.
This gorgeous portrayal of a misty morning carries with it the hope and promise of a new day. Watercolor melodies are presented with pastel harmonic support in this impressionistic approach to lyrical performance by young bands. Morning Mist opens with the melody in the flutes and clarinets. The melody then shifts to the brass section where the trumpets play opposite the upper woodwinds. the piece ends just as calmly as it began, this time with the full band.
Silverbrook was commissioned by the Silverbrook Middle School Bands in West Bend, Wisconsin, directed by Heidi Baumann-Schuppel. It was premiered by the Silverbrook Bands on March 9, 2006 with the composer conducting.
Silverbrook was designed to feature a variety of styles and emotions while exploring different orchestrational combinations within the context of a young band. The opening segment combines muted trumpets and xylophone on a rhythmic drone, out of which evolves a series of chords in the clarinets and low brass. Rhythmic vitality and drive are provided primarily by the percussion section, although the brass and woodwinds also contribute pulsating figures at times.
A complete shift in the mood occurs as the clarinets are featured on a slow legato and flowing melody. The original fast tempo returns to be interrupted by a big buildup to a majestic chorale section. From the chorale to the end, the piece builds to a rousing finish!
Into the Cloud! by Richard Saucedo
Hands Across the Sea by John Philip Sousa Arr. Jerry Brubaker
A Disney Spectacular Arr. By John Moss
Into the Clouds! composer Richard Saucedo writes “One of my dreams has always been to be a pilot. As a pilot, you join the ranks of those less bound by conventional limits on time, distance and personal freedom. You take off to wide-open skies in any direction on the compass. But more than that, it’s freedom as you’ve never known it, far from the commonplace. Finally, being a pilot symbolizes individualism and self-reliance. You are in control and you make the choices. There’s nothing like the experience of flight, except possibly the experience of music, and I hope the enthusiasm of both can be found in this piece.”
Hands Across the Sea, composed in 1899, might well be considered as Sousa’s farewell to the nineteenth century that had been so crucial to the evolution of the United States of America. The two final decades of that century had also been very good to Sousa, for in those years he emerged as a world-famous music personality. His magnificent band was one of the first American success stories in music, for it captured audiences wherever it played. Sousa, his band, and his thrilling marches spoke for all of us. Together they just might possibly have been the best ambassadors for the Republic since Benjamin Franklin. Hands Across the Sea could also have been Sousa’s sincerely confident and patriotic view of the years ahead at the dawn of what he hoped might be a bright new era for mankind.
When played for the first time by Sousa’s Band in Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on April 21, 1899, “many feet were beating a tattoo.” The band was obliged to repeat it three times. Hands Across the Sea was off to a good start, and it has since remained a standard in band literature.
The march was addressed to no particular nation, but to all of America’s friends abroad. It has been suggested that Sousa was inspired by an incident in the Spanish-American War in which Captain Chichester of the British Navy came to the support of Admiral Dewey at Manila Bay. A second (and more likely) source is a line by Frere, which was printed on the front cover of the music: “A sudden thought strikes me … Let us swear an eternal friendship.”
The line by Frere apparently appeared in a play which Sousa read. In answering questions sent to him while serving in the navy, he gave this account in the Great Lakes Recruit in March 1918:
“After the Spanish War there was some feeling in Europe anent our republic regarding this war. Some of the nations … thought we were not justified while others gave us credit for the honesty of our purpose. One night I was reading an old play and I came across this line, A sudden thought strikes me … Let us swear an eternal friendship.”
This almost immediately suggested the title Hands across the Sea for that composition and within a few weeks that now famous march became a living fact.
A Disney Spectacular is a delightful montage of six hit Disney songs from three blockbuster movies! Songs included are: Under The Sea and Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid; Beauty And The Beast and Be Our Guest from Beauty And The Beast; and Arabian Nights, Friend Like Me and Whole New World from Aladdin. Arranged by John Moss, this work is a fun and exciting piece for the musicians to play. This piece was played during our Elementary tour to Jerry Ross and Timothy Ball. The students at both schools loved the piece and we hope you enjoy our magical Disney ending to the concert.
Special Thanks for Tonight’s Concert:
Jacob Rodriguez, Colonel Wheeler Principal
David Vode, Colonel Wheeler Assistant Principal
Aaron Zemelko, Wheeler Orchestra
Stephen Dean, Wheeler Choir
Johann Sletto, CPHS Band
Riley Welsh, Student Intern
Crown Point Music Boosters