Band Selections

Many repertoire lists focus on grade 4-5 literature, but it is important that students work with quality literature at all grade levels. In my experiences as a conductor, performer, and educator, I have found the following pieces to be of the highest musical quality with the most educational potential.

Grade 1

Concert & Contest

  • Ancient Voices by Michael Sweeney
  • As Twilight Falls by Robert Sheldon
  • Aztec Sunrise by John Edmondson
  • Discovery Overture by Anne McGinty
  • Emblem of Victory by Eliot Del Borgo
  • Fanfare on a Theme of Imagination by Brian Balmages
  • Incantation and Ritual by Brian Balmages
  • Jefferson County Overture by John O’Reilly
  • Kingdom Adventures by Joshua V. Hinkel
  • Odyssey by Aric Branchfield
  • Queenwood Overture by Anne McGinty
  • The Screaming Eagles (March) by John Edmondson
  • Shenandoah arr. by Michael Sweeney
  • Spirit of the Wolf by Michael Oare
  • Three Kentucky Sketches by John O’Reilly
  • Two Beautiful for Words by Rob Grice
  • Train Heading West and Other Outdoor Scenes by Timothy Broege
  • Two-Minute Symphony by Bob Margolis
  • When the Wind Whispers by Rob Romeyn

Holiday

  • Believe by Ballard/Silvestri (arr. Story)
  • Minka’s Sleigh Ride by Pierre La Plante
  • Patapan arr. by Michael Story

Pops

  • The Batman Theme by Danny Elfman (arr. Wilson)
  • Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams (arr. Higgins)
  • Yesterday by Lennon/McCartney (arr. Sweeney)

Grade 2

Concert & Contest

  • Alamo (March) by Karl L. King
  • Canto by W. Francis McBeth
  • A Childhood Hymn by David R. Holsinger
  • Court of the Patriarchs by John O’Reilly
  • Early English Suite by W. Duncombe (arr. Finlayson)
  • Fanfare, Ode, and Festival by Bob Margolis
  • Gently Touch the Sky by Robert Sheldon
  • The Great Steamboat Race by Robert W. Smith
  • Groovee! by Richard Saucedo
  • The Headless Horseman by Timothy Broege
  • Imperial March by Karl L. King
  • In the Shining of the Stars by Robert Sheldon
  • Prospect by Pierre La Plante
  • A Little Night Music by W.A. Mozart (arr. Stalter)
  • Peace Song by Timothy Broege
  • Romanesque by James Swearingen
  • The Royal Regiment (March) by Joseph Compello
  • Suite from Bohemia by Vaclav Nelybel

Holiday

  • The 3-Minute Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (arr. Conley)
  • Noël Francais by James D. Ployhar
  • Star of Wonder by James Swearingen

Patriotic

  • Battle Hymn of the Republic arr. by Jay Bocook
  • Marches of the Armed Forces arr. by Michael Sweeney

Pops

  • Halo Theme from Halo Suite by O’Donnel/Salvatori (arr. Sheldon)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (arr. Story)
  • Music from Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt (arr. Brown)

Grade 3

Concert & Contest

  • Air for Band by Frank Erickson
  • Allied Honor (March) by Karl L. King
  • Come Sweet Death by J.S. Bach (arr. Reed)
  • Endless Rainbows by Brian Balmages
  • Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Joy Revisited by Frank Ticheli
  • Landmark Overture by Jim Andy Caudill
  • Last Ride of the Pony Express by David Shaffer
  • The Last to Defend by David Shaffer
  • March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pierre Leemans (arr. Swearingen)
  • Nathan Hale Trilogy by James Curnow
  • On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger
  • Prairie Dances by David Holsinger
  • Sheltering Sky by John Mackey
  • Triumphant Fanfare by Richard Saucedo

Holiday

  • Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by O’Neill/Kinkel (arr. Phillips/Megaw)
  • Divinum Mysterium by James Swearingen

Pops

  • Star Wars Medley by John Williams (arr. Tatgenhorst)
  • Top Gun by Faltenmeyer/Moroder/Whitlock/Spiro (arr. Smith)

Grade 4

  • Amazing Grace by Frank Ticheli
  • El Capitan (March) by John Philip Sousa
  • First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst
  • The Light Eternal by James Swearingen
  • October by Eric Whitacre
  • Portrait of the Land by J. Mark Quinn
  • Scenes from the Louvre by Norman Dello Joio
  • Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst
  • Song and Dance by Richard Saucedo
  • The Star-Spangled Banner arr. by Jack Stamp
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance
  • Water Music Suite by G.F. Handel (arr. Erickson)

Grade 5+

  • American Salute by Morton Gould
  • And the Multitude with One Voice Spoke by James L. Hosay
  • Chester by William Schuman
  • Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn by Norman Dello Joio
  • Godspeed! by Stephen Melillo
  • Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger
  • Music for Prague 1968 by Karel Husa
  • Persis by James L. Hosay
  • Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
  • Snowcaps by Richard Saucedo
  • Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett
  • Trauermusik by Richard Wagner
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