This is a delightful and challenging piece for the section 2 band and is suitable for contest. It contains a haunting melody which is shared with all instruments underscored by and exciting Tympani part.
“Barcarolle” is a well-known melody from the opera, “Tales of Hoffman,” for section 5 band suitable for concert or festival. As few notes as possible are utilized with the base goal of 6 notes for each part.
This powerful adaptation by Dr. Garcia is taken from the 6th movement of the "All Night Vigil" by Sergei Rachmaninoff and was composed in 1915. It was one of the first collections banned by the new government of Communist Russia. The translation of the title is "Rejoice, oh Blessed Virgin."
This original piece is based on the memories of the composer’s visit to the Cascade mountain range as a young Sailor on liberty from his ship moored in Tacoma, Washington. The piece is written in three movements: 1. The Skagit’s, 2. Lake Helen, and 3. Bridge of the Gods. There are many elements in this piece that will challenge the Brass band. There are syncopated sections, multiple meter changes and exposed section soli. There is some atonality in the third movement.
Based on a traditional Shaker tune not heard very often, “Come to Zion” is primarily written for the Section 3 band. The more popular “Simple Gifts” is utilized in the “B” section of this piece as well as in the end.