The Dust Bowl (2017)
This show is a musical telling of the terrible drought and dust storms that devastated the heartland of America in the 1930’s and a tribute to the farm families that endured and persevered. We open with “The Great Plains”, a bright up-tempo opener with folk themes and Americana sounds. Next, we endure “Drought”, a slow lament in moor tonality representing the struggle to survive on the farms. This is followed by “Black Sunday-April 14, 1935”—the day of the infamous black blizzard of blowing dust that struck the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. This is fast and dark punctuated with driving percussion interludes. WE move directly into the finale segment, “Recovery”, representing the survival and rebirth of the farm land. We build to a major tonality fanfare, reprise some earlier themes, and build to a glorious finish!
El Dorado: City of Gold (2017)
This show is based on the quest for El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold hidden deep in the jungle of South America. It is also inspired by the poem “Eldorado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The show opens with “Conquistador’s Quest”, an exciting Spanish-themed opener with some flowing woodwind interludes. Next, we hear “Mountains of the Moon” from Poe’s poem. This is a beautiful but haunting ballad representing the lonliness of the quest. This is abruptly followed by “Valley of the Shadow”, another line from the poem. This is a fiery section representing the conflict and battles of the quest featuring some bold brass and driving percussion. “Reprise and Finale” recaps some earlier themes to bring the quest full circle and builds to a dynamic finale!
This show explores the myths and stories surrounding UFO’s, Unidentified Flying Objects”. We open with “Sighting” based on a sighting of a UFO. It starts softly with a solo flute introducing our UFO theme. This is followed by a big full band fanfare in minor tonality and an abrupt tempo change. The rest of the opener is driving with excitement and contrasting woodwind interludes. Next we encounter “Abduction”, a haunting and mysterious ballad with some unusual chord changes and a dark ending. This transitions immediately into “Invasion”, a fast and foreboding segment with low brass on a dark theme and some rocking percussion interludes. A tension building chromatic section leads into “Reprise and Finale” where we hear some earlier themes to bring our show full circle and building to an exciting climax! This show will leave your audience wondering….What really happened in Roswell!
The Lights (2017)
This show is inspired by the Marfa Lights, mysterious lights that often appear in the desert near Marfa, Texas. These lights have been witnessed for centuries but continue to evade scientific explanation. The show opens with “Mystery Lights”, a slow and haunting intro in a minor tonality. This is abruptly followed by “Spanish Lights”, an up-tempo opener with a Spanish theme representing the first Europeans to see the lights. Next we hear “Western Lights”, a slower cowboy-type ballad representing the next witnesses of the lights. Finally, we hear “Modern Lights”, an exciting finale section with a contemporary feel punctuated by some driving percussion representing the lights in the modern era. This segment builds to an exciting conclusion…but wait! There is an optional soft and slow ending reprising the opening theme. The lights remain an unsolved mystery!
The Fall of Troy (most popular)
This show is designed to give young bands and small groups an opportunity for a dramatic theme show with lots of visual possibilities! "The Siege Begins" with a dramatic opening theme contrasted with unison woodwind melodies. "Helen of Troy" is a pretty ballad featuring some lush harmonies. "The Trojan Horse" is exciting and energetic featuring the percussion and the show comes to a finale with "The Final Assault".
Tales of the West (most popular)
This show captures the spirit of the old West in the episodes. We open with “Big Sky Country”, an up-tempo segment punctuated with some syncopated patterns and flowing woodwind lines. Next, we hear “Laredo”, as western ballad based on the old cowboy ballad “Streets of Laredo”. Our show comes to an exciting conclusion as all classic western tales do, with a dramatic “Gunfight”! This show is a very playable western saga for small or young bands!
Beebop-A-Loobop (most popular)
“Bobby sox, poodle skirts, and cruisin’ to the malt shop in your ’57 Chevy! This show brings up images of the 1950’s. The opening section is the classic Doo-wop vocal style. It features have a feature that will get the audience clapping along. “Dancing in the Gym” is a classic ‘50’s style ballad in the style of “16 Candles” and “In the Still of the Night”. The finale is a hard driving rocker entitled “Saturday Night Cruisin’” that features some rockin’ percussion breaks and drag races to a big finish! This is a fun show for students and fans alike but is still very easy and playable for young bands.
This show is a tribute to our nation’s struggle for independence and features music from the Revolutionary War period. We open with “Independence” with melodies based on old fife and drum tunes. We hear a woodwind interlude on “Yankee Doodle”, and build to an exciting finish. Next, we hear the hymn “Chester” by William Billings featuring a flute or piccolo soloist (also written for baritone) and a beautiful full band chorale. We conclude with “Yorktown”, an exciting finale representing the final battle that won our independence. There is a darker “Yankee Doodle” in minor mode, percussion interludes, and a glorious finale. “1776!” is a different kind of patriotic show that is perfect for smaller or young bands. Your audience will enjoy this Revolutionary War tribute!
An American Medley
This is a patriotic medley show that is perfect for young bands! There is an up-tempo fanfare on "America" followed by a driving version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". This is followed by a beautiful ballad on "Shennandoah". Next we feature thepercussion on "The Yellow Rose of Texas" with an optional flute/piccolo solo. This segues into "My County 'tis of Thee" with a little bit of "Yankee Doodle" mixed in. The show builds to a dramatic finale with "Battle Hymn of the Republic". We used material from some of our other shows along with some new arrangements to put together an exciting patriotic show that is very playable but still very entertaining.
Billy The Kid (Grade 1.5)
This show is a western themed adventure based on the legendary Billy the Kid, one of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West. The show opens with *Lincoln County Wars*, a dark up-tempo theme inspired by the war between competing ranchers that started Billy*s path to lawlessness. Next, we hear *Billy and Paulita*, a lovely ballad portraying the two star-crossed lovers caught up in the troubled times. Finally, we meet *Pat Garrett: The Final Showdown*, the famous lawman who tracks Billy down and ends his killing spree. There is a *Reprise and Finale* where we hear some earlier themes and build to a dramatic finish. There is also an *Optional Ending* that is soft with a solo trumpet that leaves us wondering, *Did Billy die in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico or did he escape to live out his days in Hico, Texas*?
The Civil War
This show has been one of our most popular and successful shows for many years. This is always a crowd-pleaser featuring patriotic American music Marching Home", "Shenandoah", "Dixie", "Yankee Doodle", and "Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Event Horizon (Grade 1.5)
This show is a sci-fi thriller that describes an “Gravitational Collapse”. We hear a dramatic fanfare followed by rhythmic accompaniment and minor key melodic themes contrasted by some flowing woodwind lines. Next, we move into “Time Dilation”, a haunting ballad that can feature either a flute or trumpet soloist. Then suddenly we reach “The Point of No Return!” which explodes with dissonant harmonies and rockin’ percussion interludes as we are pulled into the black hole. There is a “reprise and Finale” where we hear some earlier themes that build to an exciting conclusion. But wait! There is an optional soft and mysterious ending. Did we escape……or not?
The Four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water (Grade 1.5)
After an opening fanfare section, we hear "Earth", show is based on the concept of followed by "Air", a pretty the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and This show is based on the concept of Water) with each section representing each of the four elements. After an opening fanfare section, we hear "Earth", a driving rhythmic opener. This is This show is based on the concept of followed by "Air", a pretty the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and accompanied by some interesting chord progressions. Next, we hear "Fire" which is up-tempo excitement featuring woodwind, trills, burning brass melodies, and some rocking percussion! Finally, there is "Water" with some shimmering woodwind and keyboard effects with some bold brass chords leading to a thematic recap and an exciting finale!
The Four Freedoms (Grade 1.5)
"The Four Freedoms* is based on rights outlined in a speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After an opening fanfare we hear *Freedom of Speech*, an up-tempo opener with a western/American feel. Next is *Freedom of Worship* which is a hymn-like ballad. This is followed by *Freedom from Fear*, a driving section with dissonant chords and dark melodies. Then we hear *Freedom from Want* which is dramatic and uplifting based on the opening fanfare. We hear a brief tribute to *America, the Beautiful* before closing with a reprise of our opening theme and an exciting finale!
A Gathering of Knights
"This show is based on a medieval tournament where knights gather from across the kingdom to compete for honor and glory. "Knights of the Realm" is an exciting opener that establishes the main theme. There are some softer flowing sections that contrast with the big brass fanfares. "Ladies of the Court" is a lovely ballad that features an optional flute solo. Next, we hear a bold brass fanfare announcing "The Tournament Begins" followed by a percussion feature with a Celtic melody played by the keyboards. The show concludes with the crowning of "The King's Champion". This show is less difficult and would be great for young bands.
A Horse of a Different Color (Grade 1.5)
This show is a fun and light-hearted tribute to the great American horse. We open with "Galloping Free", an up-tempo opener built on Western themes representative of the early days in American when the horses ran wild on the plains. Next, we change pace with "The Cowboy Way", a non-traditional "ballad" based on old cowboy campfire songs. Then we hear the call to the race track and we close with "Horsepower". This finale starts moderato but continues to accelerate to an exciting photo finish.
La Tormenta - The Storm (Grade 1.5)
“La Tormenta (The Storm)” is based on the concept of a developing thunderstorm and its aftermath. This show starts quietly with dawn breaking slight western feel. This is followed in a minor key. This movement has a slight Spanish feel (to tie in with the Spanish title) and ends softly--the calm before the storm. Suddenly, there is "Thunder and Lightning", a barnburner dissonant chords, woodwind trills and a short percussion break. Finally, the storm passes and we hear "Aftermath and Rainbow" as the skies open with some bold fanfares. There is a brief reprise of the "A Beautiful Day" theme and some big chords. There is an optional "Quiet" ending where we hear a reprise of the dawn theme, now at sunset.
The Legend of the Headless Horseman (Grade 1.5)
Here is a very dark and mysterious show based on the writings of Washington Irving including all the characters we have come to know and love (and fear)! After a foreboding fanfare, we hear the opening theme of "Sleepy Hollow", the secret. Next, we hear the love theme of "Ichabod and Katrina", the two young lovers caught up in the legend. This is followed by a sudden scream of brass announcing the "Ride of the Headless Horseman", a dark and up-tempo theme with reprise of the "Sleepy Hollow" theme and we
come to an exciting conclusion. If you are looking for a different theme that can be played by a small or young band, this show is it!
Lost at Sea
This show will bring out the Robinson Crusoe in you band! It is based on a combination of old sailing songs and original music that tells a tale of the Sea! "The Voyage Begins" with an exciting opener. There is a soft contrasting section entitled "Longing for Home" followed by a sudden "Shipwreck" featuring the low brass. There is an eerie ballad entitled simply "Adrift...". This is followed by "Hurricane Warning" featuring some dramatic themes punctuated with percussion interludes. Finally our sea saga concludes with a dramatic "Rescue!". This show was written specifically for a young class A band. It is exciting but very playable by young groups.
Mongolian Warrior Saga
Open with “Lords of the Gobi” representing their beginnings in the Gobi desert. This is a dark but exciting opener with some flowing woodwind interludes. The opener is Prayer”, a ballad based on beautiful eastern melodic lines. This is abruptly followed by “Khan!”, a driving and dynamic tribute to the greatest of the Mongol leaders, Genghis Khan. “Reprise and Victory” brings the show to an exciting conclusion with a reprise of earlier themes and a glorious victory celebration!
Star-knights vs the Omegaxon
Classic good vs. Evil theme. We open with *Star-Knights*, an exciting fanfare and theme with a lush woodwind interlude that introduces the Star-knights, defenders of the galaxy. *Hope for Peace* is a beautiful ballad that is a lyrical contrasting movement representing a plea for a peaceful outcome. Unfortunately, we are soon attacked by The Omegaxon*, an evil force bent on total conquest and the formation of a galactic empire. There is a reprise of the*Star-knights* theme and an epic final conflict. With the popularity of Sci-fi moves, this show is sure to be a hit with students and audiences alike.
Under the Spell of the Moon
This is a conceptual show based on the idea of the “Moon” (represented by a French Horn soloist) casting “spells” of love, joy, sadness, etc. The music is based on themes by Debussy, Dvorak, Bach, and Beethoven including part of the “Moonlight Sonata”--naturally! Our “Moon” F-Horn soloist makes several brief appearances throughout the show until she is herself entranced by the “Sun” represented by a trumpet soloist also playing a theme by Beethoven. This is an interesting show concept and offers some good visual possibilities.