Re: Selecting UIL grade 1
Posted by JH Director on 11/4/2019, 2:08 pm, in reply to "Selecting UIL grade 1"
Try looking into Courtlandt County Festival by Willie Owens. It's a pretty good one with your instrumentation and I like the fact that it has a key and time change. I feel like it helps them in sight reading and is just an all around good teaching piece for a non-varsity band. My only concern would be the split trumpet part, but you could try to write some of it out for clarinet maybe? |
Another option is Dance Celebration because it has a pretty cool horn/sax/percussion feature thing in it. It does have a clarinet melody, but it's not hard and doesn't go over the break if I remember correctly.
So I am having difficulty selecting music for my 2C non-varsity band. We are going to UIL a full month earlier this year than normal so looking at selecting music before Christmas. Picked an easy march but can't find pieces that the kids will like and will fit my band's ability.
Here is the breakdown of my band
Flutes - 3 (small but good)
Oboe - 0
Bassoon - 0
Clarinets - 12 (most dedicated one just got braces and is struggling, half of the others are very apathetic)
Alto Saxes - 3 (descent)
Tenor Sax - 1 (really just an instrument holder)
Bar Sax - 1 (weak player but hard working and getting better slowly)
Trumpets - 3 (1 good, 1 descent, 1 that knows the fingerings most of the time but often on the wrong pitch)
French Horns - 5 (good)
Trombones - 5 (very weak, brass teacher told me they would be better off if he just did beginner band part 2 with them)
Baritones - 4 (3 very strong, 1 descent)
Tubas - 2 (good)
Percussion - 9 (good for the most part)
Any UIL music recommendatios would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.