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.

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

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.