Circle Post: My Band Room Is On Fire…Top 7 Concert Pieces to save!

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The following is a great educational idea from Travis J. Weller… Let’s play! 

Here are the rules… you have to respond to Weller’s hypothetical situation by posting a post (or comment here) with the above title and adding your top 7 pieces in the post.  Let’s include a link to each other’s site by copying and pasting the below information and adding to it… At the end of the month…I’ll recap (hopefully along with everyonelse that posted) the complete entirety of the lists (we will all know who posted what via the trackbacks we post if we copy and paste the below section) and we’ll have a pretty good list of literature accumulated in a very novel way! 

                 J. M. Pisano

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You are seated in a rehearsal with your students.  Suddenly without warning an alto clarinet spontaneously combusts into flames.  It spreads quickly to your gradebook, old wool band uniforms, and begins creeping towards the music library.  You have but seconds to get you and your students out of the room (okay so there are a few percussionists that you conveniently tell to put EVERYTHING away first before exiting the building)….. [BUT] you must save some of the music.  You have time to save only 7 pieces.  7 pieces from any time, any level.  But only 7.  

These 7 will be the first played on the first concert after the band room is rebuilt.  I have listed my 7 pieces below (no particular order of importance).  I hope you join in on the “Save the music” hypothetical situation.  Whether a student musician or director, I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope this lights a ”fire” under bloggers everywhere!

From Travis Weller at:

In no particular order:
1. First Suite in E-flat – Holst
2. Greensleeves – arr. Alfred Reed
3. Flourish for Glorious John – Vaughan Williams
4. The Pines of Rome – Ottorino Respighi
5. I Am – Andrew Boysen Jr.
6. O Magnum Mysterium – Lauridsen/arr. Reynolds
7. The Liberty Bell – John Philip Sousa

From Joseph Pisano at:

In no particular order:
1.  Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Grainger
2. Washington Post March- John P. Sousa
3. Dedicatory Overture- Clifton Williams
4. The Pines of Rome- Ottorino Respighi (arr. Duker)
5. Allegro Animato- Frank Erickson
6. March to the Scaffold- Hector Berlioz (arr. Leidzen)
7. Shenandoah- Frank Ticheli


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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