Re: Please help me pick a Grade 4 for UIL
Posted by OP on 10/12/2018, 3:42 pm, in reply to "Re: Please help me pick a Grade 4 for UIL"
Thank you, that is exactly what I intend to do! |
Thanks for the info. I know exactly where you are, and I have taught there in the past as well. You are right, those kids are very capable. The best advice I would give is to back off on the difficulty and play what you know they can be successful on. If that means backing down to a grade 4 and 3 then do it. Now that I know this, I would say to try and get your hands on as much of the music that you listed and try reading it. I think you will be surprised at what they can do.
Thanks for your input, I really do appreciate it. I believe the 2 was due to too hard of music so I am just trying to be very careful. Yes "weak" is a relative word. They are certainly capable. I am new to the 5A world and I want to give the best chance for success, its been a few years since a Div 1 was achieved.
Program Last Year:
Second Suite in F for Military Band
Festival in Russia
Desert Storm March
I tried Glaciers with a 6A NV last year that was making its first attempt at Grade 4 lit. I had to put it away after a month of struggling and ended up picking Imaginarium, which the kids loved and made 1's with but as I said earlier is unfortunately not a good choice with weak percussion.
I've had bands perform Rhosymedre a few times. The piece is all about sustaining lines and making good sounds. If your very weak trombones can put good air and sustain all the half note lines properly it's not that bad since it only goes up to a C. As I said before the euphonium line is critical, but if you need to rescore some parts you can put a tenor sax on the line to help it and be ok. The 1st cornet does go up to high C, but it is doubled with the flutes and if you can spare one 1st clarinet there you can double with that and get through that section. I've had to make both of those adjustments in the past and never had a issue with the judges. The OP stating that the band made 2's last year makes me tend to believe that with the proper preparation regarding breath support and listening skills the ability is there to make a good showing on the piece. Only the OP knows just how weak those sections are.
My biggest question now is: What did the band make 2's with last year?
Terezin looks easy, but it is VERY transparent. Lots of unison and very open, transparent scoring.
If you have weak brass I'd put the Holst and Vaughn-Williams away right now.
Don't know the others well, but did judge Glaciers a few times last year. Everyone I heard really struggled with it - however, I think most of what I heard was MS bands trying to do it. Don't remember a lot other than I didn't hear it played well.
I would have said Scenes from Terezin, but you need 8 percussionists. You also need strong percussion for Imaginarium and Glaciers. If you can prop up your euph with a good tenor sax player, then maybe Rhosymedre could work.
I have taken over a weak 5A program and I am struggling finding a UIL Grade 4 as everything seems too difficult for the band. I have chosen what look to be some of the "easier" Grade 4s and wanted to see if I should stay away from any of them of if you have any other suggestions.
The band has decent woodwinds but is lacking in Brass (especially Low Brass). They received straight 2s last year on stage so I know they can play, I want to try to pick something to help push them over the edge. This program is weaker than the small school I left, so the Grade 4 list is new to me and I am trying to avoid traps and pick the best for the students.
Thank you for your help!
No Double Reeds
Flutes - Good
Clarinets - Good
Saxophones - Decent
Trumpet - Weak
Horn - Good
Trombone - Very Weak
Baritone - Weak
Tuba - Good
Percussion - Weak
UIL Grade 4 Considerations
Glaciers by Director
Imaginarium by Standridge
Flourish for Wind Band/ I Vow to Thee My County by Holst
Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams
Swirling Prisms by Balmages
Downtown Divertimento for Wind Orchestra by Johan de Meij
Scenes from Terezin by Jack Stamp