Re: High School Band Christmas and Contest Music Suggestions
Posted by SouthEast Central on 10/9/2017, 3:42 pm, in reply to "High School Band Christmas and Contest Music Suggestions"
RW Smith has an adaptation of the old traditional "A Christmas Festival" that's accessible - but may be a bit much if you don't have the horses. (Grade 3)
Or you can do the Grade 2 version of "Russian Christmas Music" arranged by Mike Story.
You could also consider "Cartoon Christmas" arranged by Mike Story.
We enjoyed "At the Feast of Stephen" by Watson with my middle school band a couple years ago. It's very achievable. (Grade 1)
I also like "Coventry Carol" arranged by Larry Clark - dark, nice, and enough meat for your percussion to keep 'em busy. (Grade 2)
As for UIL - go as a non varsity. Unless you're a 5a or 6a school, that means two Grade 1 pieces. With that instrumentation, I would shy away from anything too slow/pretty. Your best bet is to get on Brynnpark, find the most performed Grade 1 pieces, and see which are most accessible to your kids.
Finally, if you have 7 trumpets, consider switching one to baritone. Maybe one of your current 'tones can play tuba better? You don't need a horn with that instrumentation - the music you'll be playing doubles the horn part in the alto or trombone most of the time.
A final word of advice: You CAN play something harder. Do it for the Spring concert, and for your holiday concert. Your job at UIL is to earn that first division, not to over-program. Pick two ones, polish the hell out of 'em, and go get your one. Remember, you have to teach sight reading too..