Grade .5 - 1 Concert Band Compositions

A Natural Blues

A Natural Blues is composed in a traditional 12 bar blues form. The use of the A natural is a perfect way to reinforce this note when it is taught.

A Natural Blues     

Acclaim March

Your young band is sure to receive high acclaim when they play this nifty two-step march. It is composed of just half notes and quarter notes, but there are several accidentals and a key change to keep things interesting and band members learning. This chipper tune will be an audience favorite!

Acclaim March     

Achievement

Achievement is a chorale and march using the first 7 notes found in most beginning band methods.

Achievement     

Adamant

Larry Clark's Adamant is strong from the very beginning helping even the youngest of players sound confident and assertive. The work is set in C minor with simple rhythms no more difficult than two repeated eighth notes. With biting dissonances and angular interjections in the flowing main theme, the piece is quite dramatic for beginning band students.

Adamant (Band)     

Admiration March

After just ten weeks of study, you can get your students to play in the march style, which is essential to the band’s heritage. Admiration March has all of the standard trademarks of an American style march -- but with very limited notes and rhythms. Totally tuneful and fun to play!

Admiration March     

Aftershock

Bands that had the great experience of playing Larry Clark’s popular Shockwave can now move on to part two: Aftershock. While a bit more difficult than its predecessor, Aftershock maintains the bold, exciting, and aggressive qualities that made Shockwave such a sparkler.

Aftershock (Band)     

Antagonist

In every great story there is always an antagonist, the character of opposing force who is central to the success of the story. Larry Clark has applied this concept to music in a new beginning band piece, fascinating in sound and an excellent cross-curricular tie with English classes, musically illustrating the structure of a good story. This piece is aggressive and at times, purposely antagonizing. Designed with the youngest of players in mind, it works on simple repeated eighth note patterns as the foundation for the melodic material. As is typical in a Larry Clark piece, interesting parts are provided for all instruments, and everyone gets to play the melody

Antagonist (Band)     

Aspirations

Aspirations is written for the youngest and least experienced of musicians, who have only had a short time on their instruments. This piece uses minimal material, including no more than two repeated eighth notes as the most difficult rhythm. It contains bold fanfare gestures, marcato melodic material, and a contrasting legato theme. Every section of the ensemble is featured in this surprisingly sophisticated, yet very attainable piece.

Aspirations (Band)     

Celebrity March

Introduce the march style to beginning band students with this delight little march. The piece is tuneful and authentic in style, but within the grasp of very young band musicians. Perfect for your band’s first festival warm up march.

Celebrity March     

Character

Using only the first six notes young players are taught, Larry Clark encourages upright thinking with this aptly titled, somewhat stern piece. The music's seriousness and amazing variety of harmonic sophistication belie the narrow range of the materials involved. An excellent piece for contest and festivals, Character will make a very strong impression whenever it is performed.

Character (Band)     

Chronicles

Larry Clark is known for writing exciting pieces for the youngest of students, and this upbeat concert piece is playable after a very limited amount of study. Chronicles is especially compatible with many of the band methods in use today, and it will pave the way for your students' musical and expressive growth.

Chronicles (Band)     

Cimarron

Fanfare like gestures and a bold rhythmic push characterize this piece. Clark has kept the range between the first 6 notes that players learn and has used simple eighth note patterns that are well within the grasp of first year groups. The piece is much l less involved and less difficult than it sounds. Perfect for the beginning band!

Cimarron (Band)     

The Clarion Call

What a stunning composition for bands at this level! If ever there was a piece that sounded more difficult that it was technically, this is it. Larry Clark's original is very active rhythmically, but is built on just six notes! And musically, he manages to create more excitement, more drama and more vitality than many a more difficult piece.

Clarion Call     

Cloud Dancing

Larry Clark creates the feeling of dancing on a cloud through this whimsical piece for beginning bands. The core of the piece hovers around lush harmonies, providing a beautiful base for the floating melodic material. It is memorably tuneful, flowing, and gives every section of the band a moment to shine.

Cloud Dancing (Band)     

Colossus

A fanfare-like piece that makes even the youngest of players sound advanced beyond their abilities. Its technical demands are very limited, but the music is daring and exciting for the players and audience alike.

Colossus (Band)     

Confidence March

A simple straightforward march, that demonstrates the march form to best advantage with memorable tunes that employ only half notes and quarter notes in the winds and a break strain featuring the lower-voiced instruments.

Confidence March     

Conflict

Contrasting a slow, expressive opening with a vigorous aggressive "Allegro con fuoco," both based on the same modal/minor idea, Larry Clark created a remarkably effective piece using the six notes that are first introduced in all beginning methods. A great piece to introduce minor/modal sounds to the young band.

Conflict     

Conquest

A true "contest" style piece for the beginning band that uses limited note and rhythm resources, but is very creatively written. Your youngest students will feel like they are playing serious music, as the piece is bold, aggressive and sounds more difficult than it plays. This is the type of exceptional music you have come to expect from two of the most popular composers of beginning band music. This piece is correlated to The Yamaha Advantage band method book 1, but can be used with any band program of study.

Conquest     

Consensus

Using only six notes (Bb, C, D, Eb, F and G), Larry Clark has fashioned a powerful concert opener ideal for the beginning band. Though there is limited rhythmic difficulty, the piece does employ some syncopation, along with contemporary harmonies that will appeal to young students and colorful, active percussion writing.

Consensus (Band)     

Conviction

For several years, Larry Clark's music for beginning band has set the standard for musical excellence. He always finds a way to make his pieces fresh and sophisticated, incorporating contemporary harmonies with tuneful melodies that students love to play. He is also a master at knowing exactly what this level is capable of and writes technically easy music that still makes any band sound and feel great!

Conviction     

Declaration and Dance

Take a look at this powerful original work for your beginning band. It uses only six notes, but is brash and forceful, with many exciting eighth-note rhythms and bold harmonies. The limited amount of notes will allow you to concentrate on preparing a more musical and decisive performance. Declaration And Dance is a great choice for festival use, but it's also superb for concerts...parents will be amazed at how advanced the band sounds!

Declaration and Dance (Band)     

Ethos

In Greek, the word ethos is used to describe the character and guiding beliefs or ideals that distinguish a community, nation or idea. The Greeks also used the word to refer to the power of music to influence its listener's emotions, behaviors, and morals. This is a strong statement for the power of music. Larry Clark's dynamic new composition in a distinctive American style will have a positive affect on your students' musical ethos.

Ethos (Band)     

Expectations

Expectations is dedicated to Larry Clark's young son. It was written with thoughts of his playful nature, which can be heard throughout the piece, while the lush, emotional opening depicts the composer's awe at being a parent to a wonderful little boy. This touching piece may stretch the musicianship of young band students, but it will be worth the journey.

Expectations (Band)     

Fanfare Supernova

Open your beginning band's very first concert with this bold new fanfare by popular composer Larry Clark. Like a supernova, your band will explode right from the start with this forceful new piece that sounds much more difficult than it is to play. Fanfare Supernova contains biting fanfare-like harmonies, though it only contains the first six notes of the Bb scale and the most difficult rhythms in the winds are quarter notes.

Fanfare Supernova     

Festival Chorale and March

Festival Chorale and March is design to reinforce newly learned eighth note rhythms and to give students a contest/festival style piece that will improve their musicianship.

Festival Chorale & March     

Flaming Arrow

With a pronounced Native American flavor, this characteristically well-wrought Larry Clark piece alternates slow reflective music with an aggressive Allegro that includes rhythmic shouting and stamping. The return of the slow opening music at measure 35 leads to an accelerando and crescendo into the climactic return of the Allegro material and the exciting conclusion that may have the audience stamping and shouting!

Flaming Arrow     

Geology - The Study of Rock

Geology: The Study of Rock combines a rock bass line, percussion groove and a melody with a little twist into a fun to play crowd-pleasing composition.

Geology     

Inferno in the Lost Pines

Larry Clark does it again, with a bold new piece for young students, using only the first 6 notes of the Bb scale and two eighth notes on the same pitch as the most difficult rhythm. The piece is meant to depict the struggle that firefighters go through when trying to tame an out of control brush fire. The piece goes right into the main theme without introduction and then moves into a more subdued second theme, in contrast. After a short development of the themes with interplay between the winds and percussion, the piece builds to a strong coda; a great way to showcase your beginning band at a concert or festival.

Inferno in the Lost Pines     

Magma

Larry Clark does it again. This is the piece your students will ask to play again and again. It has all of Larry's signature feature: bold and aggressive sounds and contemporary harmonies. You won't believe this only uses the first 6 notes Bb-G and the winds most difficult rhythm is a quarter note - Outstanding!

Magma (Band)     

Monmouth March

A simple but effective beginning band march. The title is derived from Monmouth, New Jersey where an important Revolutionary war battle took place. The trio of the march uses the popular folk song "Aura Lee".

Monmouth March     

Mystic Legacy

Listen to this work before you look at the score, and you won't believe it contains only the first six notes that are taught in most beginning method books! The crowning achievement is the harmonic and rhythmic content that 'stretches' the young player, drives the enthusiasm in your rehearsals and ultimately thrills the audience. Your musicians will beg to play this piece every day!

Mystic Legacy     

Oath of Honor

In this bold piece built on fanfare gestures for the youngest of band musicians, Larry Clark has managed to write interesting and sophisticated music using only six notes. With as little as ten weeks of study on an instrument students will find that this piece is well within their grasp. Teachers can get them started right away on a style of music they will be playing for years to come.

Oath of Honor     

Penta

An excellent teaching piece, this will give your students valuable experience with the pentatonic scale, yet it has plenty of melodic variety and dynamic contrast to keep it interesting all the way!

Penta     

Prestige March

Prestige is designed to introduce March style and form to the young band. Although it only contains the first 7 notes found in most band methods, Concert A to G, it provides a meaningful march experience.

Prestige March     

Primus

Consisting of only five notes, this fast-moving minor-key piece has some nice give and take between the woodwinds and brass to keep things interesting!

Primus     

Recognition March

Recognition March is a tuneful original march in standard form, written with beginning bands in mind. It contains only notes in B-flat major scale (plus A-flat) and no rhythm more advanced than two scale-wise eighth notes. This one is designed as an introduction to the march form and style for the beginning band and is a great pick for festivals.

Recognition March     

Shockwave

Larry Clark delivers yet again with an energetic and aggressive piece that your students will want to play over and over. The sound is bold, brash and confident, which is exactly how your groups will feel when they perform this piece.

Shockwave (Band)     

Valor March

Easy, tuneful and standard in form, Valor has all of the makings of a new standard for very young bands to play as a warm-up march at contest/festival. The rhythmic values are limited, but the march contains the standard modulation at the Trio and is stylistically on par with some of the great American marches.

Valor March