Grade 3 and Up Concert Band Compositions

Grade 3-3.5

A Land Remembered

A Land Remembered is based on the novel of the same name by Patrick D. Smith, which tells the story of pioneering families in the early days of Florida. The piece is set in three continuous movements, each depicting elements of the story, from the open fanfare, "A New Life in a New Land" to the beautiful "On the Prairie" and the strident final movement, "Hardships on the Rugged Frontier." This piece will demonstrate the skill and musicality of your concert-level band.

A Land Remembered     

Allegiance

Inspired by the mutual respect and devotion that can arise between a good band director and student players, Larry Clark has crafted a typically energetic and exciting overture-style piece for band. Full of great scoring, including some nicely challenging timpani writing, and several memorable melodies, this is a great showcase for the capabilities of a high school or good middle school band.

Allegiance     

Ascending

It is all too common for pieces to be written for the loss of members of high school bands. This is such a piece, but it is uplifting and inspiring, serving as a touching tribute to the lives lost. The piece takes the listener on a journey through the stages of grief and uses a popular hymn as the basis for this serious work by popular composer Larry Clark.

Ascending     

Be Thou My Vision

The popular Irish Hymn tune, Slane (best known by the familiar first line of its standard text, Be Thou My Vision) is a great favorite of composer Larry Clark’s. It is the basis for this grand set of variations. From the bardic fanfare of the opening, through a piccolo solo that suggests Gaelic piping and several variations on the lovely tune, this is a beautifully scored piece, rich in the flavor of the Emerald Isle.

Be Thou My Vision     

Celtic Echoes

This piece is built on original melodies that capture the essences of Celtic folk songs. This ballad is lush, richly scored and contains beautiful countermelodies. The expressive playing in this piece will provide contrast to the uptempo selections during a concert or festival performance.

Celtic Echoes     

Dream Imagine Live

The inspiration for this piece comes from one of Henry David Thoreau's most famous quotes - "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." It was Thoreau's vision that we contemplate a simpler life and be deep thinkers about what we want our lives to be. The piece is divided into three distinct sections based on the same three-note motive. The first section is intense and bold, the second is introspective and lyrical and the third is dance-like, almost reminiscent of a Celtic folk song, in lilting in 6/8. This perfect contest or festival selection will highlight your band's strengths.

Dream Imagine Live     

Exhilaration

Sparkling woodwind flourishes, bold brass fanfares, and exciting melodies highlight this incredible new concert overture from popular composer Larry Clark. The lyrical middle section contains a beautiful heart-tugging theme that is book-ended by bold and aggressive music from the energetic first section. Destined to become a staple on contest/festival lists.

Exhilaration     

Forever Climbing

"Forever Climbing" was written as tribute to the loss of a high school band student that was tragically killed in a rock climbing accident. It is not intended as a sad piece, but as a celebration of the life of this exceptional young man. At times the piece is contemplative, but also contains a joy that is to depict the way he lived. As the piece builds to its conclusion, the listener will have a sense of fulfillment in a life well lived, even though it was cut short. A moving new addition to the band repertoire.

Forever Climbing     

Instinct

Larry Clark’s natural instinct is to provide great concert band music, and once again, trusting his gut feeling has resulted in another winner. Instinct blazes out of the starting gate with an aggressive 6/8 theme, which is then manipulated and developed over the course of this great concert opener or closer. We’re willing to bet that your audience will be out of their seats by the end.

Instinct     

Legacy of Honor

This piece drives from the start with bold trumpet flourishes and interjections from the rest of the band. After the exciting first section, a lyrical second theme departs to something beautiful and lush in harmonic structure. The development section is based on the opening theme, eventually leading the piece back, followed by a dynamic brass flourish in the coda. A solid choice by a known composer for contests and festivals.

Legacy of Honor     

Mr. Bartow March

This is a rip roaring march right from the start. Composer Larry Clark marks the tempo "Fast and fun." This original march was written to honor an exemplary band director with over 62 years teaching. It is a work that emulates the great marches of Henry Fillmore. This will be a fun and solid march for festival performances.

Mr. Bartow     

SCDBA Fanfare

Here is a sparkling fanfare that is the perfect way to begin any concert! The majestic brass and the interplay between the woodwinds throughout the piece are bright and colorful. The trumpet and timpani solos add the right touch to this opener.

SCDBA Fanfare     

Seven Springs

A bold and Dynamic new overture from composer Larry Clark. This is a tour de force for your budding horn section, including a heartfelt slow section that is simply outstanding. Alert your contest list committee, this piece is destined to become a standard.

Seven Springs     

Twist of Fate

Musical twists and turns abound in this compositional departure for composer Larry Clark. It contains all of his impeccable scoring and attention to detail, but is a refreshing change in sound and technique for this adept composer. The piece is at times energetic, and at other times, lyrical. Elusive and ever-changing in harmonic structure and rhythmic content, it all adds up to an exceptional new piece by one of the most popular composers of band music today

Twist of Fate     

Vires Artes Mores

This work is a three-part composition based on the Latin words meaning Strength, Skill, and Character. The piece opens with a poignant fanfare depicting the strength of the modern concert band, which is followed by a fast-paced section, meant to demonstrate the performers’ skills. The third section of the work is an uplifting theme designed to depict character. After moving back to the skill theme in a new key, it builds to a dramatic climax, followed by a short coda that bursts to the finish. Ideal for concert or contest.

Vires, Artes, Mores     

Grade 4-5

A More Perfect Union

Commissioned by the James Madison University Wind Symphony, Dr. J. Patrick Rooney, Larry Clark have produced a dynamic original piece for Narrator and Band that uses words by and about James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and principal author of the Bill of Rights. A patriotic piece with a characteristically "American" sound, A More Perfect Union is a challenging piece for band that will be a welcome alternative to Copland's A Lincoln Portrait, for directors seeking a patriotic selection using a narrator.

A More Perfect Union     

Da Vincian Visions

This piece is a tribute to the Da Vincian model of creativity. Using a single theme, Larry Clark uses da Vinci's approach to view this theme from every angle. Clark starts with a fanfare, followed by an original theme, then presents a multitude of variations on the themes in different keys, styles and time signatures. You'll find everything from African style to jigs in this incredibly complex piece; well worth the effort for your band.

Please note that there are two different editions of this piece. The 1999 Belwin-Mills edition and the 2010 Carl Fischer edition. They cannot be performed together as 6 measures were added in 2010.

Da Vincian Visions     

Resurgence

Resurgence is an inspiring tour-de-force from Larry Clark, depicting the healing and rebirth experienced after a tough stretch. Overwhelmingly positive and powerful, this work is thrilling for both advancing bands and their audiences. No one can get you down after hearing Resurgence!

Resurgence     

Shenadoah's Simple Gifts

Two of the most popular American folk songs are ingeniously combined in this outstanding setting by composer Larry Clark. It begins with the gentle flow of the river, followed by full statements of folk songs "Shenandoah" and "Simple Gifts." A brass cascade leads into a marvelous buildup to the climax of the piece, where both songs are heard simultaneously. Shenandoah's Simple Gifts has all the makings to become part of the standard reportoire.

Shenadoah's Simple Gifts     

The Tell-Tale Heart

Any musical interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's compelling short story would demand nothing less than superior compositional ability. Larry Clark has come through brilliantly with this superb work! Comprised of three intriguing movements entitled: It Was His Eye!; Harkening To The Deathwatches and The Beating Of His Hideous Heart, the bizarre, mysterious and dramatic elements of the story unfold through the music to captivate the listener. What a fine opportunity to bring the world of literature and music together! Mature bands will find this a worthy addition to their library!

The Tell-Tale Heart     

Upon a New Horizon

Three contrasting movements ("Into the Future", "Who Has Ever Touched the Sun?" and Rondo: "In the Nick of Time") make a modern suite, that is an excellent study in coloristic scoring for the modern concert band. The syncopations and use of angular melodic ideas will be somewhat challenging for advancing bands and help to make Upon a New Horizon an ideal showpiece for contest and festival performances.

Upon A New Horizon Mvt. 1     

Upon A New Horizon Mvt. 2     

Upon A New Horizon Mvt. 3