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BAND SOUNDFILES
- for Practice
-Recordings We Have Made
- Swing Band Charts

Updated May 126, 2015
(let me know if soundfiles don't work)

There are several really good reasons for listening to the soundfiles of music you are playing:

  1. To get a sense of how the music sounds, its style, its phrasing, its harmonies
  2. Following your music while listening to the soundfile (not playing) helps you learn how your part fits with the whole and helps you learn to keep your place
  3. Playing along with the music gives you more opportunities to "practice with the group" than you can get just in rehearsals.

Click the link for RECORDINGS THAT WE HAVE MADE

FOR THE SUMMER SESSION (these will open in a new tab in your browser)

Here is a document with comments, changes, corrections, cautions for each piece

  • AmzGrace - demo. Such a beautiful arrangement...
  • Gershwin - this is a recording of our rehearsal July 2012
  • GodBlessAm - This is the recording of the new version, from our Dec 2014 concert
  • Greasy - this is a recording of my kids a few years ago - Some messiness and they don't get the subtleties (it was a, "we have 2 weeks before the concert - let's put this together...") But, you can play along and get a sense of the piece! It is an old piece and no longer in print and there are no YouTube renditions (there are some of the same title, but a different piece).
  • KindGentle - what a piece... wow. Here is the demo version.
  • LibertyBellMarch - this is our version, played by my WMS band. I found it the other day - bones got a bit messed up, but otherwise a solid performance! LibBell-Pryor - this one is performed by the actual Sousa band - he wasn't conducting, Arthur Pryor was (his lead trumpet player). Sousa wanted nothing to do with recording on these wax cylinders; he predicted it would be the downfall of live music (he was right) and coined the term, "Canned Music". No repeats due to size constriction of the cylinders and no percussion because it was too loud for the technology! LibBell-Brion - this is the modern Sousa Band with director Keith Brion (Sousa scholar). Great rendition, complete with the Liberty Bell as Sousa wrote it!
  • Oregon - Great melody commemorating the travel westward of our pioneers, the excitement, the fear, the sadness.
  • Paratroopers - think dynamics!! Watch the parachutes in your mind's eye.
  • PatrioticFest - nice arrangement and not very difficult. We will have the audience sing along.
  • 64 - Keep in mind that this is a computer generated file (because you are the first to play it!). The computer program does not have the capability to emote, so dynamics are missing, the tempo is exact (boring), etc. BUT, it is still useful to hear how the parts go (but not to hear the balance - ick!! )
  • Horks - another section of Linconlshire Posy! This is the first part. Here is the original version (ours is a bit lower than the original and simplified)
  • VarOv - demo version of a classic band piece from the early 1960s. Here is another version - I think it has more interest than the demo, although devoid of much in the way of dynamics.
  • Yankee / Chester - our July 4, 2012 rehearsal recording so that you can hear the repeated section. This link goes to the demo version (no repeat).

FOR THE FALL SEMESTER (these will open in a new tab in your browser)

Fall session will be posted later in the summer.

KEEP THESE IN THE PERMANENT BAND FOLDER

  • AmzGrace - demo. Such a beautiful arrangement...
  • America the Beautiful - a gorgeous version.... (sorry that it cuts of abruptly at the end!)
  • AshFarewl This OUR recording from Spring 2014. Nice. There were a few notes that got out of control and the last note had too much cresc on it. Also, the snare & bass got off and came in 2 meas late into 52 and then tried to play at 60, but they were watching and I could get them back on track by 68! I have done this piece MANY times, but this is definitely one of the best performances of it - passionate, peaceful... Bravo!
  • Beatles - follow the link  for the demo.   It is only a partial recording, though.  Or you can play along with a YouTube performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGN9DCfTngU.  Not the best performance (it is a middle school, after all!) but it is decent and will give you a feel for the piece.
  • Bogey - Here is a summer rehearsal from 2012 so you can play along. USN Band performance of the original - notice there is a part that we don't have in our arrangement.
  • Gershwin - this is a recording of our rehearsal July 2012
  • GodBlessAm - This is the recording of the new version, from our Dec 2014 concertt
  • Greasy - this is a recording of my kids a few years ago - Some messiness and they don't get the subtleties (it was a, "we have 2 weeks before the concert - let's put this together...") But, you can play along and get a sense of the piece! It is an old piece and no longer in print and there are no YouTube renditions (there are some of the same title, but a different piece).
  • Johnny - This is the recording from the Cape Concert. Also find the original by Chuck Berry to get a flavor of the piece in case you don't know it.
  • KindGentle - what a piece... wow. Here is the demo version.
  • Lassus - this is our May 2012 concert recording
  • LibertyBellMarch - this is our version, played by my WMS band. I found it the other day - bones got a bit messed up, but otherwise a solid performance! LibBell-Pryor - this one is performed by the actual Sousa band - he wasn't conducting, Arthur Pryor was (his lead trumpet player). Sousa wanted nothing to do with recording on these wax cylinders; he predicted it would be the downfall of live music (he was right) and coined the term, "Canned Music". No repeats due to size constriction of the cylinders and no percussion because it was too loud for the technology! LibBell-Brion - this is the modern Sousa Band with director Keith Brion (Sousa scholar). Great rendition, complete with the Liberty Bell as Sousa wrote it!
  • Oregon - Great melody commemorating the travel westward of our pioneers, the excitement, the fear, the sadness.
  • Paratroopers - think dynamics!! Watch the parachutes in your mind's eye.
  • PatrioticFest - nice arrangement and not very difficult. We will have the audience sing along.
  • Yankee / Chester - our July 4, 2012 rehearsal recording so that you can hear the repeated section. This link goes to the demo version.

SWING BAND (these will open in a new tab in your browser)

OUR MOST RECENT RECORDINGS (these will open in a new tab in your browser)Band

Concert May 2, 2015

Concert December 6, 2014


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