Very Easy – Easy (Gr. 0.5–1.0)

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Aliens in the Attic
Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

 

Aliens are here! This exciting new work is full of sound effects, drama, and suspense! Tyler Arcari weaves a dramatic tale of an Alien invasion from above…your attic to be exact! Your students will be asking to play this one over and over!

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Anthem of Triumph
Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC
 

"Anthem of Triumph is for all of the students who have made it to their first spring concert! Utilizing only the first 6 notes of the Bb-major scale, composer Tyler Arcari has crafted an exciting anthem for young musicians." 

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Ringtone Christmas
Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Set your beginners up for success this Christmas with an interactive new work for beginning band. Full of theatrics and audience participation, Ringtone Christmas is a winning combination of function and flair!" 

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A Song of Stone and Steel
Grade 1.0 - Wingert-Jones Publications

A Song of Stone and Steel is an exciting new work for beginning band by composer Tyler Arcari. Intense and with a minor sound, this new work is guaranteed to excite and motivate your young musicians!

Qin Shi's Stone Army
Grade 1.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"The Terracotta army that guards the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang is nearly 8,000 warriors strong. This new piece for beginning ensembles is set to depict these magnificent stone soldiers."

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Threshold
Grade 1.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Exciting and intense from start to finish, Threshold doesn’t hold back! Your percussion section will be fully engaged with color and impact points while each section in the band has a moment to carry the melody." 

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Ripper
Grade 1.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Inspired by the legend of Jack the Ripper, Ripper takes on a whole new meaning with clever sound effects. Using scrap paper, composer Tyler Arcari added sections where the ensemble “Rips” those pieces of paper in half, creating a fun and exciting concert experience!

Aurora Eclipsed
Grade 1.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Aurora Eclipsed was inspired by the solar eclipse of 2017.  During a solar eclipse, a beautiful and fascinating aurora forms around the moon creating an eerie outline. This “ring of fire” is actually the sun’s outer edges being revealed to the human eye." 

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A Torch Was Brought
Grade 1.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"This setting of the 17th century Christmas carol, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, will be a great addition to your holiday library. Full of musical possibilities, young musicians will find ample opportunities to grow. Perfect for any holiday concert."

Easy – Medium Easy (Gr. 1.5–2.5)

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Fortress of Stone
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

Developing bands will shine with this daring new piece from composer Tyler Arcari. It hits you right out of the gate and contains many musically contrasting sections that will help to improve the musicianship of your students. Great melodic and harmonic material equal a stunning piece.

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Flashpoint!
Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

 

Talk about starting out with a bang! Flashpoint is a true barnburner for young bands with lots of aggressive playing in this rock-infused tour de force. Pure fun and joy for your players from start to finish.

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Fortress of Stone
Grade 2.5 - Wingert-Jones Publications

 

To Soar with Broken Wings was commissioned in memory of Alex McClurg, a young man lost too soon. A Celebration of life, and a reminder that no matter what struggles you might face, you can still soar.

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Gothic
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Inspired by the Gothic artists of the 12th century, this exciting new work for concert band explores lots of musical ideas. From independant playing to contrapuntal melodic lines, Gothic delivers a well-rounded concert experience." 

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Tempt the Machine
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC
 

"Have you ever wondered how everything in the world seems to be both chaotic and organized all at once? Composer Tyler Arcari brings this idea to life with Tempt the Machine."

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House of the Rising Bells
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Open your next holiday concert with this impactful and clever pairing of two folk tunes: House of the Rising Sun and the Ukrainian Bell Carol." 

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Bring to Light
Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Hauntingly beautiful, Bring to Light is an emotional uncovering of sorts, rife with dramatic effect. Stretch musicianship and expressiveness of your ensemble with this heartfelt ballad."

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Capstone (March)
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Young bands will enjoy playing this traditional march. Lots of dynamic changes and built-in color will have your audiences clapping in no time. A melodic horn part and moving low brass lines will keep everyone in the band interested and sounding their best!"

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Mission Control
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Take a musical journey into space with composer Tyler Arcari in this action-packed concert work. Mission Control depicts the fine men and women of the legendary “Houston” control center as they prepare to launch a rocket full of astronauts into space." 

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The Snake Pit
Grade 1.5 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Everyone remembers the first time that they saw a snake. Though fascinating to some and terrifying to others, few animals are as universally mesmerizing."

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Stryker
Grade 1.5 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"The title refers to a worker who assisted a blacksmith with his craft, wielding a hammer and shaping iron to their will. The dark and harsh atmosphere is enhanced by percussive sounds of their demanding craft." 

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Hard Rock Fanfare
Grade 1.5 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"As the title suggests, this emphatic fanfare for beginning band is rock infused for a fresh-sounding concert opening. The active rhythmic figures combine with memorable angular melodic figures to propel this piece to its distinctively dramatic conclusion."

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Avalon
Grade 2.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"The legend and times of King Arthur are inspiration for this vivid musical portrayal. The music begins quietly, recreating the air of mystery that surrounds the mystical island of Avalon."

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Coming Back


Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing
Hopeful and heartfelt, Coming Back was commissioned during Covid-19.  Written in a contest-festival format, this work is meant to inspire us as we return to “normal.”

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All the While
Grade 2.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Tender and moving, this touching piece can have a special personal meaning to each person that hears it. The overall lyric style is given a brief rest as the middle section lifts the mood and delivers a bit of fun." 

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Courage

(At the Battle of Agincourt)
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing


Based on the tune Agincourt Carol, composer Tyler Arcari crafted an intense and dramatic work called Courage (At the Battle of Agincourt). The court intrigue is on full display and there are ample opportunities for each section and each musician to shine. This one is a winner!

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Zephyr
Grade 2.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"This piece is appropriately named, as the music is as spirited and flowing as the wind. While written in a classic overture form, the flowing nature and fresh harmonies make it something different altogether."

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Guardians of the Vanguard
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing

Inspired by the composer’s love of video games, specifically Destiny, this piece is a great introduction to the ABA form.  The middle section, lyrical yet still driving, is an opportunity for expressive playing. Whether for contest and festival or for their spring concert, your students will love playing Guardians of the Vanguard.

Medium – Advanced (Gr. 3.0–5.0)

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Beacons
Grade 3 - Wingert-Jones Publications

 

Beacons was written to celebrate the career of a legendary teacher from Alabama. She has been a champion for small school bands and created one of the most renowned band programs in the state. Her motto is “Be a Light”.

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Phoenix
Grade 3.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Based off the Greek legend of the Phoenix, this piece will excite musicians and audiences alike. Full of fast-paced rhythmic interest, Phoenix is exhilarating from start to finish." 

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Endless Daylight
Grade 3.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

 

Every emotion imaginable is conjured up by this dynamic composition. It contains emotional lyrical music, heavy rock influence music, and is intense from start to finish. Everything about this piece feels so right – pure excitement!

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A Heart to Treasure
Grade 3.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC
 

"This beautifully expressive composition is loosely based on an old Irish air. The beautiful motifs and interesting harmonic progressions enhance the melodic fragments for a sensitive musical expression that will surely impress." 

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A Christmas Tiding
Grade 4 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

 

A roaring combination of ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime and God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen. After a subtle lush opening the piece is off and running in a fantastic 7/8 groove that is bold and aggressive. It is well-scored and will make your symphonic band sound outstanding.

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Highlander
Grade 3.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Sweeping and cinematic, this composition will have musicians and audiences picturing the awe-inspiring Scottish Highlands. Traditional Scottish sound elements are intentionally avoided in order to bring a fresh harmonic and melodic perspective to this extremely attractive work."

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Gryphon
Grade 3.5 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Named for a legendary creature that appears in many cultures over thousands of years, this work represents this fascinating legend in grand fashion." 

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The Last to Fall
Grade 3.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"A gorgeously expressive composition that depicts the changing of the seasons from summer to fall to winter." 

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Solar Flare
Grade 3.5 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Brilliant and hard driving, this work is as fascinating as the profound solar event it's named for. The spectacular outburst of light and energy on the surface of the sun is mirrored through the intense and unrelenting drive that begins with percussion."

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Amazing Grace
Grade 3.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"This moving hymn has long been a staple in celebrations of life and for comfort in moments of sorrow; this setting is meant as a celebration of the life of a fellow musician and composer." 

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Tumbleweed
Grade 3.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"As you can tell by the title, this robust work evokes the thrilling sounds of the American Southwest. Rousing themes revive the glory days of the American cowboy and all the trials and tribulations of living in this rustic but unforgiving frontier." 

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To Be Found
Grade 3.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"Inspired by Nelson Mandela's powerful quote, this is expressive and inspiring music that won't fail to impress. There are numerous opportunities for interpretation as the material develops and grows, leading to the passionate and emotional climax."

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Radiant
Grade 5.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Inspired by the Phrygian dominant scale's commonality in several dance styles, here is an intense concert work for advanced ensembles. Brisk melodic lines and embellishments are paired with an infectious dance rhythm that propels this work from beginning to end."

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When We Go
Grade 4.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"An introspection on our time here on earth, dedicated to friends and loved ones lost. The composer weaves an expressive personal tale with emotional passages unfolding throughout the piece."

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The Angels Call
Grade 3.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing

Written to commemorate the life of a young woman tragically taken too soon, The Angels Call is inspired by the 3-note Ship bell figure played at football games. Using original music as well as the well-known hymn It is Well With My Soul and folk song Loch Lomond, this one will tug at the heartstrings.