Concert Band Music 2020-2021

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Dear Band Directors,

Welcome to Excelcia Music Publishing’s digital 2020 Concert Band music catalog.  Again this year, we are extremely excited about our 65 outstanding new pieces for Concert Band by many well-known favorite composers as well as talented newcomers. 

Recognizing these challenging times for music education, you’ll find this innovative digital catalog to be both fast and easy to navigate from home and filled with inspiring music. Right here within this digital catalog, you can access unprecedented resources, like composer insights and pop-up Score Videos (listen to a full recording while viewing the score).  This cutting-edge catalog will simplify your selection process as you imagine the future and plan for when your students are back together.  

Each score, and its accompanying parts, are meticulously edited and beautifully set for ease of reading and include unique features to help facilitate efficient rehearsals.  Published in our signature color-coded series, the music follows our consistent six-part grading system: Prelude (grade .5), Da Capo (grade 1), Harmony (grade 1.5), Intermezzo (grade 2 to 2.5), Rhapsody (grade 3 to 3.5) and Maestro (grade 4 and up).  Professional recordings of each piece by The Trade Winds Recording Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Schmidt, are available on all streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play.  We take great pride in these recordings which you can use with your students as pedagogical examples of musicianship - a particularly helpful resource during this time of remote learning.   

Here, you will also find Excelcia Music Publishing’s Meet the Composer videos, Podcasts and our unique Composer Connection, which provides unparalleled connections between our composers and directors and their students. Also, keep an eye out for our debut Jazz Ensemble music release coming this summer!

It is our utmost goal at Excelcia Music Publishing to publish artistic, high-quality music by composers who are sensitive to and passionate about the needs and educational aspirations of young musicians.  This digital catalog provides you with a window to easily experience and choose this new music.

Wishing you and your communities a safe, healthy and inspiring school year.

 

Larry Clark

With gratitude,


Larry Clark
President and Founder

Tyler Arcari


Tyler Arcari
Instrumental Music Editor

Choose the Perfect Level for Your Ensemble

Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, our concert band music is meticulously edited and follows a strict six-part grading system reflected in our signature color-coded series. Each score, and its accompanying parts, are beautifully set for ease of reading. They include unique features to facilitate your rehearsals, like oversized time signatures in the scores and measure numbers at every measure on each part!

Grade .5

  • Pieces using the first 6 notes of the Bb scale
  • Rhythm: whole, half, quarter and two repeated eighth-notes
  • Optional alternate parts for horn (lower range) and trombone (nothing past 4th position)
  • Low brass and low woodwinds cover the bass line

Grade 1

  • Playable by first year musicians
  • Limited range of the first octave
  • Rhythm: whole, half, quarter and simple eighth-note patterns
  • Clarinet part stays below the break
  • Bass line is reinforced throughout with multiple lower instruments
  • Active percussion

Grade 1.5

  • Accessible to first year musicians and those beginning the second year of study
  • Range is expanded, but still limited
  • Rhythm: whole, half, quarter and eighth-notes, simple syncopation
  • Addition of two Trumpet and Clarinet parts. 2nd Clarinet stays below the break, 1st Clarinet crosses the break carefully
  • Bass line is reinforced throughout, but with more independence in the low brass
  • Active percussion

Grade 2 to 2.5

  • Accessible to second and third year musicians
  • Range is expanded, but still carefully considered
  • Rhythm: whole, half, quarter and eighth-notes, and simple sixteenth patterns
  • Clarinet 2 still stays below the break
  • Separate parts for Trombone, Euphonium, and Bassoon
  • Careful scoring to make the band sound full
  • Percussion treated as an important color

Grade 3 to 3.5

  • Fully scored pieces for upper middle school and high school
  • Range is expanded, but still carefully considered
  • More advanced rhythms and part independence
  • 3 Clarinet and Trumpet parts, 2 Horn and Trombone parts
  • Generous cross-cueing of solos or exposed parts
  • More advanced use of percussion

Grade 4 and up

  • Fully scored pieces for high school and collegiate level ensembles
  • High artistic merit
  • Range is within reason for advancing ensembles
  • Rhythm: within reason and more use of mixed meter
  • Scoring makes use of all colors
  • Cross-cueing of solos or exposed parts
  • More advanced use of percussion
  • Percussion as an essential color

Composers Who Inspire

This incredibly talented group of 29 composers and arrangers represent a wide range of experience, musical style and identity. These composers, many of whom are music educators, are particularly sensitive to and passionate about the needs and educational aspirations of young musicians, furthering the mission of Excelcia Music Publishing.

Trade Winds Recording Ensemble

The Trade Winds Recording Ensemble is a professional group of dedicated musicians that gather each year to record hundreds of pieces for concert band and string orchestra. Their records have been used for almost twenty years as an example of the finest musicianship for teachers and students who listen to their recordings. They are lead by conductor Dr. Daniel J. Schmidt. He is the musical spirit of the ensemble and his interpretation of the thousands and thousands of pieces he has conducted have been hailed by composers and teachers around the world. Excelcia Music Publishing is proud to have this incredible collection of musicians record our music exclusively. You can learn more about the genesis of the Trade Winds Recording Ensemble by watching this video interview with their conductor.

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Dr. Daniel J. Schmidt

Conductor

Conductor Daniel J. Schmidt brings a wealth of experience to the Trade Winds Recording Ensemble. He has been a high school band and college band director, most recently at Northern Arizona University, along with tenures at Mars Hill College and Syracuse University. His interpretations on recordings by the Trade Winds are used as the model for musicianship around the world.

All of our recordings for band, choir and orchestra are now available for streaming (or sale) on all of the major streaming services, like Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, YouTube and many more. It is yet another avenue where you and your students can listen to our inspiring music.

Coming soon, inaugural Jazz Ensemble music release

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