A Brief Introduction
I arranged my first marching band show in 2006. It was actually before then, but I definitely don't count the scribbles from my high school days (though I learned a LOT from those scribbles..). I've been doing this for a while and have arranged/written over 30 complete shows at this point. I really enjoy the energy in marching band music. I think it can be a great medium for expression. I also really enjoy how much marching band contributes to the atmosphere of a football game. And let's be honest, the best part of a parade is when a band marches by!
First Things First - Warm-Ups!
Here's a couple sets of warm-ups I've cooked up over the years. Nothing spectacular, but they do the trick. I've covered all the bases for a solid hornline warm-up. I've gotten word from a good many people that they're getting some use. I've also included some chorales for good measure.
Repertoire - Tunes I've Arranged in the past
Adagio for Strings - Barber
Anitra's Dance - Grieg
Baccanale - Saint Saens
Carol of the Bells
Claire de Lune - Debussy
Danse Macabre - Saint Saens
Doxology (original arrangement based off the melody)
Farandole - Bizet
March to the Scaffold (Symphony Fantastique) - Berlioz
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Morning - Grieg
Nutcracker (various selections) - Tchaikovsky
New World Symphony Mvt #4 - Dvorak
Ode to Joy (a contemporary take on it)
Symphony #5 (slow movement) - Tchaikovsky
Symphony #9 - Beethoven
Toy Symphony - L. Mozart/Haydn? one of those guys..
25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
Brick House - Commodores
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Moondance - Van Morrison
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
River Flows in You - Yiruma
Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss
Some Nights - Fun.
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
As All the Heavens Were a Bell - Jay Bocook
Joy - Joseph Curiale
Rain - Brian Balmages
Rest - Frank Ticheli
Salvation is Created - Tschesnokoff
Caspar - James Horner
Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
Garden of Magic (from Hocus Pocus - really cool tune!)
King Kong - James Newton Howard
Music of the Night - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Nightmare Before Christmas - Danny Elfman
Zorro - James Horner
I can't exactly remember where the idea for this tune came from. I originally did a grade 2(ish) piece that had even more tunes crammed in. I would make it a game with the audience to see if they could name all of the tunes. I like to use this one for parades, but it probably works better as a standstill. If you're into theatrics, you can really play up the "fight" between Jingle Bells and Good King Wenceslas in the middle. The tune gets quite raucous and can be a lot of fun!