Recommended Repertoire

My tastes in band music for the middle school level tend to be quite narrow. The works listed in these recommendations have all been rehearsed and performed by the McCracken Middle School Bands.

Highlighted works are those that I consider to be the "core" of the young band repertoire. While the others may or may not have the same degree of musical depth, they are all pieces that I have enjoyed preparing and performing with my students.

Want to ensure quality programing for your students? Only select music in which the musical difficulty meets or exceeds the technical difficulty.

TITLE COMPOSER ARRANGER GR PUBLISHER
King's Feast, The Ken Singleton 1+ Grand Mesa Music
Wild Dance Akey, Doug 4 Grand Mesa
Joy Fantastique Akey, Douglas 3 manuscript
Tallis Prelude, A Akey, Douglas 3- Queenwood/Kjos
Introduction and Rondo Akey, Douglas 3 Queenwood/Kjos
Spirit! Akey, Douglas 3 Queenwood/Kjos
Farnaby Prelude, A Akey, Douglas 3 Daehn Publications
Cascade River Overture Akey, Douglas 3 Queenwood/Kjos
Pirates Akey, Douglas 3+ Queenwood/Kjos
Tales of the Emerald Isle Akey, Douglas 3 Hal Leonard Corporation
Peregrin (A Traveler's Tale) Akey, Douglas 3- Queenwood/Kjos
Canarios Fantasia Akey, Douglas 4 Alfred Publishing Company
When the Stars Began to Fall Allen, Fred 2+ TRN
Whip and Spur Allen, Thomas Ray Cramer 4 TRN Music, Inc.
Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie Arbeau, Thoinot Bob Margolis 2- Manhattan Beach Music
Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo Arnold, Malcolm John P. Paynter 4 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Chorale and Fugue Bach, J. S. Larry Daehn 3 Daehn Publications
Prelude and Fugue in D minor Bach, J. S. Roland Moehlmann 3 Alfred Publishing Co.
Prelude and Fugue in Bb Bach, J. S. Roland Moehlmann 3 Warner Brothers Pub.
Pirates of the Caribbean (Soundtrack Highlights) Badelt, Klaus Ted Ricketts 3 Hal Leonard Corporation
Midnight Sky Balmages, Brian 1 FJH
Midnight Mission Balmages, Brian 1 FJH
Majestica Balmages, Brian 1+ FJH
Starsplitter Fanfare Balmages, Brian 1 FJH
Summer Dances Balmages, Brian 4 FJH
Yorkshire Ballad Barnes, James 2+ Southern Music Company
Melodious Thunk Biedenbender, David 3 Bent Space Music
Sailor's Odyssey, A Bobrowitz, David 2+ Grand Mesa Music
Havener Fanfare Boysen, Andrew 3 Kjos
Tricycle Boysen, Andrew 3 Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Unraveling Boysen, Andrew 3 Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Symphony No. 4 Boysen, Andrew 3 Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Sinfonia XIX Broege, Timothy 3 Boosey and Hawkes
Peace Song Broege, Timothy 3 Bourne Company
Machine Awakes, The Bryant, Steven 2 Steve Bryant
Dinosaurs Bukvich, Daniel 2+ Phoebus Publications
Ancient Dialogue Burns, Patrick 3- Daehn Publications
Ciacona in C minor Buxtehude, Dietrich Chip De Stefano 4 manuscript
Praeludium Buxtehude, Dietrich Chip De Stefano 4 DeStefanoMusic.com
Wolsey's Wilde Byrd, William Doug Hartzell 2 Grand Mesa Music
Overture for Winds Carter, Charles 3 Bourne Company
Variations on a Korean Folk Song Chance, John Barnes 4 Boosey and Hawkes
Royal Procession Collins-Dowden, Michael 1 manuscript
Passacaglia Collins-Dowden, Michael 1+ manuscript
The Promise of Living Copland, Aaron James Curnow 4 Boosey and Hawkes
A Copland Tribute Copland, Aaron Clare Grundmann 4 Boosey and Hawkes
Andante and Allegro Corelli, Arcangelo Phillip Gordon 2- Alfred Publishing Company
Sarabanda and Gavotta Corelli, Arcangelo Johnson 2+ Rubank, Inc.
Song for the Winter Moon Cummings, Walter 1 Grand Mesa Music
Song for Friends, A Daehn, Larry 1 Daehn Publications
British Isles Suite Daehn, Larry 2 Daehn Publications
Nottingham Castle Daehn, Larry 1 Daehn Publications
Alligator Alley Daugherty, Michael 4- Bandquest
Two British Folk Songs Del Borgo, Elliot 2 Hal Leonard
NEW! Inglesina Delle Cese, Davide John Bourgeois 4 Wingert Jones
Touch of Baroque, A Feldstein, Sandy & O'Reilly, John 1 Alfred Publishing Co.
March Ahead Feldstein, Sandy & O'Reilly, John 1 Alfred Publishing Co.
Orange Bowl Fillmore, Henry 3 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Men of Ohio Fillmore, Henry 3 Carl Fischer/BandMusicPDF.org
Footlifter, The Fillmore, Henry 3 Carl Fischer
Korean Folk Rhapsody Folk Song James Curnow 2 Hal Leonard Corporation
King Across the Water, The Fraser, Bruce 3+ G&M Brand
Cafe 512 George, Ryan 3 Fornine Music
Second Prelude Gershwin, George John Krance 3 New World Music Corp.
Second Prelude Gershwin, George John Krance 3+ New World Music Corp.
Renaissance Festival, A Gervaise, Claude Ken Singleton 3 Grand Mesa Music
Overture in Bb Giovaninni, Ceasar Wayne Robinson 4 RBC Publications
Chorale and Capriccio Giovannini, Ceasar Wayne Robinson 4 Dorabet Music
English Suite for Band Golemo, Michael 3 Daehn Publications
English Suite Golemo, Michael 3 Daehn Publications
Parade of the Wooden Warriors Gorb, Adam 3+ G & M Brand
Themes from Green Bushes Grainger, Percy Larry Daehn 4 Daehn Publications
British Waterside Grainger, Percy John Moss 2+ G. Schirmer, Inc
Shepherd's Hey Grainger, Percy Chip De Stefano 1 FJH
Spoon River Grainger, Percy Aldridge Glenn Cliffe Bainum 4 G. Schirmer, Inc
Irish Rhapsody, An Grundman, Clare 3+ Boosey and Hawkes
American Folk Rhapsody #3 Grundman, Clare 3 Boosey and Hawkes
Kentucky 1800 Grundman, Clare 2 Boosey & Hawkes
Fantasy on American Sailing Songs Grundman, Clare 4 Boosey & Hawkes
Little Suite for Band Grundman, Clare 2 Boosey and Hawkes
Albanian Dance Hanson, Shelley 4 Boosey and Hawkes
Ascend Hazo, Sam 3 Hal Leonard Corporation
Our Kingsland Spring Hazo, Samuel 2 Hal Leonard
Psalm 42 Hazo, Samuel 2 Boosey and Hawkes
As Winds Dance Hazo, Samuel 2 Boosey and Hawkes
Novo Lenio Hazo, Samuel 3 Wingert-Jones
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss Holsinger, David 3 TRN Music
NEW! Shaker Hymn, A John O'Reilly 1 Alfred
Star Spangled Banner Key, Francis Scott John Kinyon 2 Luverne Publications
Iowa Band Law King, Karl 3 Barnhouse
Circus Days King, Karl Loras Schissel 3 C. L. Barnhouse
Prestissimo King, Karl 3- C. L. Barnhouse
Torch of Liberty King, Karl James Swearingen 3 C. L. Barnhouse
Hosts of Freedom King, Karl John P. Paynter 3 C. L. Barnhouse
Peacemaker King, Karl James Swearingen 3 C. L. Barnhouse
Rough Riders King, Karl James Swearington 3 Alfred Publishing Company
American Riversongs La Plante, Pierre 3 Daehn Publications
Prospect La Plante, Pierre 2+ Bourne Company
NEW! Voyaguers, The LaPlante, Pierre 3 Daehn Publications
Chorale and Mystic Chant Loest, Timothy 1 FJH
NEW! Teleportation Loest, Timothy 1 FJH
Sea Shanty Variations Loest, Timothy 1 FJH
Foundry Mackey, John 3 Ostimusic
Undertow Mackey, John 3+ Ostimusic
Fantasy on a Bell Carol Madden, Edward 4 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Fanfare, Ode, and Festival Margolis, Bob 2+ Manhattan Beach Music
The Cave You Fear Markowski, Michael 2 Markowski Creative
African Folk Trilogy McGinty, Anne 1 Queenwood/Kjos
Stony Creek March McGinty, Anne 1 Queenwood/Kjos
Japanese Pictures Mixon, Kevin 2 Carl Fischer
Alleluia Mozart, W. A. John O'Reilly 1+ Alfred Publishing Company
Suite from Bohemia Nelhybel, Vaclav 2 E. C. Kerby
Glengary Hills Nelson, David 3 Lorenz Corporation
Courtly Airs and Dances Nelson, Ron 3+ Ludwig Music Company
NEW! Primal O'Loughlin, Sean 2 Carl Fischer
Onafade Noslo Owens, Don 3 manuscript
Pageant Persichetti, Vincent 4 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Music for Queen Mary Purcell, Henry Robert Garofalo 2 Grand Mesa Music
Sesame Street Theme Raposo, Joe Paul Murtha 2 Hal Leonard Corporation
Slavonic Folk Suite Reed, Alfred 3 Hal Leonard Corporation
"Mass" from La Fiesta Mexicana Reed, H. Owen 3+ Alfred
Brazillian Folk Dance Suite Rhoads, William 3 Kjos Publications
Jester Dance Rogers, Mekel 1 FJH
Garlandstone Root, Thomas 2+ Alfred Publishing Company
Polly Oliver Root, Thomas 3- Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
Flash in the Pan! Saucedo, Richard 2 Hal Leonard
Music from Les Miserables Schoenberg Johnnie Vinson 3 Hal Leonard Corporation
Music from Wicked Schwartz, Stephen Michael Sweeney 3- Hal Leonard
Lydian Lullaby Sheldon, Robert 1 Alfred Publishing Co.
NEW! West Highlands Sojourn Sheldon, Robert 3 Alfred
Coldwater Creek Sheldon, Robert 1 C. L. Barnhouse
Longford Legend, A Sheldon, Robert 4 Alfred Publishing Co.
Concert Variations Smith, Claude T. 4 Wingert-Jones Publications
Emperata Overture Smith, Claude T. 4 Wingert-Jones
Thunderer, The Sousa, John Phillip 3
Pride of the Wolverines Sousa, John Phillip Fredreick Fennell 4 Warner Brothers Pub.
Ere the World Began to Be Stamp, Jack 2+ Daehn Publications
Three Ayres from Gloucester Stuart, Hugh 3 Shawnee Press
Renaissance Revel, A Susato, Teilman Ken Singleton 2+ Grand Mesa Music
Battle Pavane, The Susato, Tielman Bob Margolis 2 Manhattan Beach Music
Baywood Overture Swearington, James 1+ C. L. Barnhouse
Celtic Air and Dance Sweeney, Michael 2 Hal Leonard
Celtic Air and Dance No. 2 Sweeney, Michael 2 Hal Leonard
Equinox Sweeney, Michael 2 Hal Leonard
Ancient Voices Sweeney, Michael 2 Hal Leonard Corporation
Shenandoah Ticheli, Frank 3+ Manhattan Beach Music
NEW! Abracadabra Ticheli, Frank 3 Manhattan Beach
Fortress Ticheli, Frank 4 Manhattan Beach Music
Simple Gifts Ticheli, Frank 3+ Manhattan Beach Music
Portrait of a Clown Ticheli, Frank 2 Manhattan Beach Music
Amazing Grace Ticheli, Frank 4 Manhattan Beach Music
Cajun Folk Songs Ticheli, Frank 3+ Manhattan Beach Music
This Old Man Traditioinal Peter Reynolds 2 Luverne Publications
African Festival Traditional Bruce Pearson 2 Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon Traditional Michael Sweeney 1 Hal Leonard
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Traditional Frank Erickson 3 Carl Fischer?
Salvation is Created Tschesnokoff, Pavel Bruce Houseknecht 3+ Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Suite on Greek Love Songs van Lijnschooten, Henk 4 Molenaar Editions
English Folk Song Suite Vaughan Williams, Ralph 4 Boosey & Hawkes
Flourish for Wind Band Vaughan-Williams, Ralph 3 Boosey and Hawkes
Fa Una Canzona Vecchi, Orazio Larry Daehn 2+ Daehn Publications
Ancient City of Stone Vogel, Kirk 1+ Grand Mesa Music
Polka from Schwanda the Bagpiper Weinberger, Jaromir Glenn C. Bainum 4 Associated Music Publishers
Sunrise Will, Andrew 1 Willscore Publications
Variation Overture Williams, Clifton 3- Ludwig Music Company
Symphonic Dance #3 - "Fiesta" Williams, Clifton 4 Alfred Publishing Company
Olympic Fanfare and Theme Williams, John James Curnow 3+ Hal Leonard Corporation
Cascade Festival Overture Williams, Mark 2 Alfred Publishing Company
Rainbow Connection, The Williams, Paul John Moss 2 Hal Leonard Corporation
Chorale and Shaker Dance Zdecklik, John 4 Carl Fischer, Inc.

Other Repertoire Resources

Standard Repertoire for Young Band by Douglas Akey
This list, without a doubt, is the best young band repertoire list out there. I lived off this list my first two years teaching and still refer to it frequently. The Arizona Band and Orcherstra Directors Association has posted it on their website.

Best Music for Young Band by Thomas Dvorak
A selective guide to young band repertoire published by Manhattan Beach Music. Each entry includes a description including the technical and musical considerations of the work.


Best Music for Beginning Band by Thomas Dvorak and Richard Floyd
A selective guide to beginning band repertoire published by Manhattan Beach Music. Each entry includes a description including the technical and musical considerations of the work.


National Band Association Recommended Literature List
Make sure that you join the National Band Association. This organization does a tremendous amount each year to advance the cause of music and bands in this country. You get a subscription to the Instrumentalist, the fantastic NBA Journal, and this repertoire list.