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.

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

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.