7th Grade Band Winter Concert

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

A Festive Fanfare

Brian Balmages

Written as a celebratory overture to a winter holiday program,this fanfare infuses driving original material with holiday favorites. The piece includes several well known carols, though they are not approached as a medley.  Rather, they treated as small excerpts that appear throughout the fanfare without artificial transitions connecting them together.  Carols include:  O Come, All Ye Faithful; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Deck the Halls; Good King Wenceslas; Jingle Bells; and Joy to the World.   

At the Feast of Stephen

arr. Scott Watson

The old carol tells the story of the legendary 10th century monarch Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia, who went out in the severe cold to give charity to the poor on December 26th, also known as St. Stephen's Day.  The well known 13th century carol tune, as well as additional original material in period style, vividly conjures a lively celebration of Christmas in the Middle Ages.      

An Austrian Carol

Arr. Robert Sheldon

"Still, Still, Still" is an Austrian Christmas carol and lullaby.  The melody is a folk tune from the region around Salzburg, and appeared for the first time in 1865 in a folksong collection of the founder of the Salzburg Museum.  The first line of the original folk tune translates to "Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep!"  Correlated to Sound Innovations for Concert Band, Book 2, Level 2, this lovely setting for young band provides opportunities for expression and lyricism on any holiday concert.      

Toboggan Run

Matt Conaway

Toboggan Run was written to capture the fun of sledding down a steep hill.  Having grown up in Michigan, I spent nearly every winter of my youth looking for hills to test out my newest sled or toboggan (quite possibly the most dangerous toy ever given to children under age ten...).  While my friends can probably tell you my success rate was less than stellar, this composition nonetheless represents the perfect run - a smooth ride, increasing in speed, with a safe landing at the bottom.      

7th Grade Band Members - 1st Period
7th Grade Band Members - 2nd Period

Frosty the Snowman

Arr. Michael sweeney

Frosty the Snowman is a popular Christmas song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950 and later recorded by Jimmy Durante. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year. The song recounts the fictional tale of Frosty, a snowman who is brought to life by a magical silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head. Although Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, he runs afoul of a traffic cop and leaves town, promising he will be back again someday.

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