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Ideas that feature sections of the Symphonic Wind band for Kids concerts.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:11 am
by Slidemo
Long winded title I know!

So here is the thing, I'm planning a 45 minute concert for school children to be performed by Symphonic Wind band/Military band.

In one of the items I would like to feature different sections of the band either individual sections or as WW, Brass and Percussion.

The main requirement is that there are at least 3 contrasting extracts that ideally (though not necessarily) feature the instruments in a way that suits them best.

I have done this once before and used the music from Pirates of the Carribbean which worked pretty well. However I would like to do something different this time with something a bit more recent or iconic if possible.

I thought I'd throw this out to the collective wisdom of the group and see what ideas come up.

Thanks in advance,

Hamo.

Re: Ideas that feature sections of the Symphonic Wind band for Kids concerts.

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:53 am
by Tromboned
I play in a local community band where we dedicate our winter concert to school aged children. We played excerpts of Yankee Doodling by Daniel Kallman that features all of the instruments. It is a long piece with narration so we just did the introduction and a few of the specific instruments.

Re: Ideas that feature sections of the Symphonic Wind band for Kids concerts.

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:41 am
by hyperbolica
There might be arrangements of Peter and The Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, and the Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. Those are the two that come to mind for orchestra.

Re: Ideas that feature sections of the Symphonic Wind band for Kids concerts.

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:03 am
by Gary
Depending on your band's level and the sophistication of your audience, I have had good effect from both:
Carnival of the Animals: https://youtu.be/T76Jlds9GNk
and
Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra (Band) - the performance is not the issue here, it's the composition.
https://youtu.be/eYlvxyRtcYE

(The above was posting while I was writing, but I'll let the redundancy stand as a "me too". :biggrin: )