Concert Band Music 2024-2025


Concert Band Music 2024-2024


Welcome Band Directors


Prelude Band Series

Grade ½

Grade ½
      Heart of a Lion - Matthew R. Putnam
      Secret Caverns - Sean O'Loughlin
      Binary 0101 - Laura Estes
      Swarm - Tyler Arcari
      Heroic - Christina Huss

Da Capo Band Series

Grade 1

Grade 1
      Against All Odds - Matthew R. Putnam
      Antz - Carol Brittin Chambers
      Archetypes - Sean O'Loughlin
      Santa: Trapped in the Looking Glass! - Laura Estes
      Giant Slayer - Christina Huss
      Full Force Fanfare - Tyler Arcari
      Emerald Sky - Larry Clark
      The Night Hunt - David Samuel

Harmony Band Series

Grade 1½

Grade 1½
      Breakneck! - Tyler Arcari
      Fanfare Brilliante - Sean O'Loughlin
      And the Lions Roared - Carol Brittin Chambers
      Rising Earth - Laura Estes
      Trajectory - Christina Huss
      Christmas Stars - Larry Clark
      Roman Triumph - Matthew R. Putnam
      Coriolis Effect - Sean O'Loughlin

Intermezzo Band Series

Grades 2 to 2½

Grades 2-2½
      Anomaly - Tyler Arcari
      Thunder Chase - Larry Clark
      Razzmatazz - Matthew Putnam
      Echoes of Time - Sean O'Loughlin
      Dedication Fanfare - Carol Brittin Chambers
      Jaffa Gate Overture - Laura Estes
      When an Angel Gets its Wings - Christina Huss
      Gratitude - William Owens
      The Torch - David Samuel
      Ancient Fires - Carol Brittin Chambers

Rhapsody Band Series

Grades 3 to 3½

Grades 3-3½
      Cloudscapes - Tyler Arcari
      Scenes from Citizen 13660 - Yukiko Nishimura
      Centennial Journey - Sean O'Loughlin
      Until We Dream - David Samuel
      Fanfare Esprit - Carol Brittin Chambers
      Legend of the Honjo - Christina Huss
      All Things So Wondrous - William Owens
      Commonwealth - Robert Sheldon
      Christmas Carol-oke - Larry Clark
      The Angels Call - Tyler Arcari
      Ars Vitae - Larry Clark
      Blossom - Christopher Artau

Maestro Band Series

Grades 4 & Up

Grades 4 & Up
      Symphonic Dance No. 1 - Carol Brittin Chambers
      Ascendant - Tyler Arcari
      Hope Lies in Dreams - Larry Clark
      After the Darkness... - William Owens

Voctave Concert Band Series

Grade 3½

      Joy to the World - Jamey Ray

Pinkzebra Concert Band

Grade 3½

      This Is My Crazy Student Life
      Winter Magic
      With Honor
      With Honor - Flex

Composers of New Concert Band Music

This incredibly talented group of 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.

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

Grades 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

Grades 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

Grades 4 & 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

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