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What songs should my band play?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by AmazingGracePlayer, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Happy holidays everyone! After my high school Wind Ensemble (sort of like honors band) performed Russian Christmas Music, my band director handed out these unbelievably horribly sounding pieces that are perhaps meant for 8th grade bands...

    Could someone suggest some songs that are similar to Russian Christmas Music? (But it doesn't have to be Christmas music)
    Please also include composer/arranger if possible. Thanks!
  2. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Banned

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    You should definately play good songs.
  3. disenchant

    disenchant You can't plagiarize yourself.

    Aug 9, 2006
    Elgin, IL
    Poop, you crack me up!! :D
  4. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    Back in the U.S.S.R. ?
  5. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Ukrainian Hanukah songs?
  6. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
  7. Mmm... good songs... I think many students in the band would prefere symphonic-like songs (without the orchestra, of course). But they can't be extremely hard, because it's a high school band =)
  8. What about that Kosaks song where in the chorus they sing "Moscow Moscow" dum da da da dum dum dum, dum da da da dum dum dum da da da da da "Oi!" .... :rolleyes:

    Forget what its called though.
  9. jady


    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    The Lord of the Rings by Johan De Meij is good, especially movements 1 and 5, not too bad for a high school group. Very orchestral and majestic sounding

    There are also some Zappa band pieces floating around. Google munchkin music for info.
  10. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Mustang Sally?

    oops wrong thread....:bag:
  11. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
  12. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    If it seems like the music is geared for 8th grade, perhaps it's for sight-reading practice. I know that a lot of students are getting prepared for solo-festival (all-county auditions) and sight-reading is a required part of the audition; in addition to scales and the selected solo.

    I'm not sure which band arrangements to suggest for your HS Wind Ensemble. You could go to the following website and do a search. Your band director would probably be impressed that you knew about this website and that you did a little footwork to find something that your ensemble could work on.

    Please understand that he might not make the purchase based on what you find. It takes several years and a lot of experience to pick music that works well for a particular group of students. Also, you'll see that band music can be very expensive.


  13. PDubs


    Aug 22, 2006
    "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morrisette.

    Sorry, I watched The Office tonight and there was a great reference to that song. I just needed to get it out.
  14. Thanks Joe
  15. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    No prob. :)

  16. I think I might know that song. (No I don't)
  17. Thanks Depth_Charge! I'll listen to the song a few times and see if my band director would like it or not. Thanks again.

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