This is a well-known waltz which has been used for Circus trapeze acts for many years. It is originally a Mexican song titled, “Sobre Las Olas” (Over the waves). Although very famous in Mexico, it received a greater public knowledge when used in the film “The Great Caruso” (1951). A lovely song with a vocal part included to be sung at the end.
This is a wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner with the Horns taking the lead; the Trombones the third line; and finally the Cornets on the last line. It contains the Damerosh insert and a unique ending as well as unique harmonies. It is a very lovely piece which can be used in the indoor and outdoor concert.
"The Stranger" is based on the "The Wayfaring Stranger" (aka "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger"), is a well-known American spiritual/folk song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life.
Two of the most familiar themes from this ballet are displayed here: the “Main Title” theme and the “4 Swans” theme. The recapitulation states the main theme in a major mode which is accurate to the original.
A delightful medley of four well known beginning band method songs: “Hot Cross Buns,” This Old Man,” Wild Horses,” and “A Grandfather Clock.” The composer spent ten years teaching beginning band and these are his four favorite tunes. There are interesting variations and modal chord progressions throughout the piece. An excellent concert piece where the students can play tunes they already know in a little more challenging arrangement.
This piece is a fantasia combining two very familiar hymns: “Be Thou My Vision” and “All Creatures of My God and King.” The piece can be played without handbells and is very fine sounding standing by itself. But, if handbells or handchimes are available, they will add a wonderful new element to this piece. The handbell part is well cued in the cornets.