Concert Band Syllabus

Note to Directors: From May 2016 onwards , each band will be required to play 1 composition by a Canadian composer. This may be from the Syllabus, or it may be one of the director’s choice If it is one of the director’s choice, it should be at the same performance level. That is, if the band plays in B300, the director’s Canadian choice should be at the B300 level. SCROLL BELOW THE SYLLABUS FOR ADDITIONAL NON-SYLLABUS SUGGESTED CANADIAN COMPOSITIONS.

Because we wish to support our emerging Canadian Composers, we have included a few Canadian Compositions that are published by the composers themselves. These works are available for perusal and purchase at the composer’s website or by contacting the composer directly. We ask that you don’t dismiss these listings because of this brief inconvenience. Please consult the supplementary list that follows for more Canadian Band repertoire suggestions.

Canadian Content is noted with a “(CA)”

Class/Classe B600

Banks of Newfoundland (CA) CableEighth Note
Children’s MarchGrainger/RogersHL/Southern
Festive OvertureShostakovich/HunsbergerHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Frenergy (CA)Estacio/LinklaterHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Give Us This DayMaslankaFischer
Incantation & DanceChanceHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Lincolnshire Posy (Any 4 Movements)GraingerLudwig
Overture to CandideBernstein/GrundmanB & H
SlavaBernstein/GrundmanHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Sonics (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Suite Francaise (Any 4 Movements)MilhaudHal Leonard
Variants on a Medieval TuneDello JoioHL / EBMarks

Class/Classe B500

Bali (CA)ColgrassFischer
El Camino RealReedHal Leonard
English Folk Song SuiteVaughan WilliamsHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Free Running (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Genesis (CA)GassiAlfred / Belwin
Irish Tune and Shepherd’s HeyGraingerCarl Fischer/TP
Medieval Suite (one movement)NelsonLudwig Masters
Ontario Pictures (CA)H. CableNorthdale
PageantPersichettiCarl Fischer/TP
Polytechnique (CA)Dagenaisjonathandagenais.net
Romantic Variations (CA)CalvertCounterpoint
Scotch Cap Overture (CA)FortinÉditions machine à notes
Second Suite In FHolstHL / Boosey & Hawkes
Suite On Canadian Folk Songs (CA)CalvertEighth Note
Two Native Legends (CA)WilliamsEighth Note

Class/Classe B400

Ave Maria Biebl / CameronHL / Boosey & Hawkes
Cajun Folk SongsTicheliManhattan Beach
Canadian Folk Rhapsody (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Canticle of the Creatures (3 Mvts)CurnowHL/Jensen
Chant and JubiloMcBethSouthern
Elements (All Mvts)BalmagesFJH
In the Forest of the KingLa PlanteDaehn
Jubilant Dialogue (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
KaddishMcBethHL / Southern
Land of the Midnight Sun (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Lux AurumqueWhitacreHal Leonard/BCM
Space SymphonyGirouxHL / Southern
Sun DanceTicheliManhattan Beach
Symbiopholie (CA)DagenaisEditions GAM
They Came Sailing (CA)JutrasBarnhouse
Thin Places (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Tir Na NogStrommenAlfred / Belwin
Toccata for BandEricksonBourne

Class/Classe B300

At Morning's First LightGillinghamC. Alan
Blue Lake and Rocky Shore (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Dedicatory OvertureClifton Williams/BocookHal Leonard
Down A Country LaneCopland/PattersonHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Feller From Fortune (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Filum Vitae (CA)KristoffersonDaehn
Ginger MarmaladeBensonCarl Fischer
Loch LomondTicheliManhattan Beach
Moventa (CA)JutrasBarnhouse
Northwest SuiteO’ReillyAlfred
One Thousand CranesSheldonAlfred
Rocky Mountain Lullaby (CA)VenterVenter
Sea of Marmora (CA)Gillilandmusicdirectltd.com
Shannon FallsFordAlfred/Belwin
Three Ayres from GloucesterStuartShawnee
TricycleBoysenKjos
Variations On A Rollicking Tune (CA)SirulnikoffCounterpoint
When the Stars Began to FallAllenTRN Music
Windjammer (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Wings (CA)GassiAlfred
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie DoonGraingerHal Leonard

Class/Classe B200

African FestivalHilliardKjos
Ariana’s y la danza (CA)FortinÉditions machine à notes
Asian SunriseKopetzKjos
Dorian HaikuWatsonAlfred
Fanfare, Ode and FestivalMargolisManhattan Beach
Hush (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Moscow 1941BalmagesFJH
Newfoundland Folk Song (CA)DuffAlfred
Of Gentle SpiritOwensFJH
PinnacleRiceGrand Mesa
Rhythm StandHigdonHL/Bandquest
Scottish BalladeSheldonAlfred
The Dragon’s LairStalterAlfred
Three Czech Folk SongsVinsonHal Leonard
Where Mountains Touch the Sky (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks

Class/Classe B100

A Starlit NightSwearingen Barnhouse
All Ye Young SailorsLa PlanteDaehn
Ancient MoonDel BorgoAlfred
At A Turkish MarketOwensFJH
Colliding VisionsBalmagesFJH
ConflictClarkCarl Fischer/TP
Court FestivalPearsonKjos
Crusade (CA)GassiAlfred
Declaration and DanceClarkAlfred
Gabrielle and her pony, Campanilla (CA)FortinÉditions machine à notes
In the Wake of SpringSwearingenAlfred
Land of the Silver Birch (CA)CoakleyComprint or Eighth Note
Last Voyage of Queen Anne's Revenge (CA)MeeboerEighth Note
Nottingham CastleDaehnDaehn
Prélude et Célébration (CA)DagenaisEighth Note Publishing
Royal GardensVertoskeGrand Mesa
TaikoWindhamAlfred
The Band in the Square La PlanteDaehn
TornadoCiechomskiAlfred

Supplementary List of Canadian Repertoire for Concert Band

As of May 2016, all Concert bands performing at the MusicFest National Finals must include a Canadian work in their performance program. This list was created to suggest a broader range of Canadian repertoire choices and expand the range of suggested, high quality wind band works from B100 to B600.  

Canadian works from the Required Repertoire list are marked with an Asterisk (*).

Class/Classe B600

*Frenergy John Estacio/Fraser Linklater HL/Boosey
Prairie Ride and Sunset John Estacio Composer Website
One Midsummer Morning (any three movements) Derek Healey Canadian Music Centre
*Some Assembly Required Henry Kucharzyk Canadian Music Centre
The Greatness of the New Found Night Gary Kulesha Counterpoint Music
RCMP Regimental March Charles O’Neill edited by Darrin Oehlerking From Editor with Permission, darrin.oehlerking@usask.ca
Arctic Dreams Michael Colgrass Score available from the Canadian Music Centre; parts available for rent from the Composer, (www.michaelcolgrass.com)
Pantomime Pierre Mercure Rental from Counterpoint Musical Services (cpmusiclibrary.ca)
*Banks of Newfoundland Howard Cable Eighth Note
*Sonics Donald Coakley Eighth Note

Class/Classe B500

*Bali Michael Colgrass Fischer
*Ontario Pictures Howard Cable Northdale Music Press
*Polytechnique Jonathan Dagenais Composer Website
*Romantic Variations Morley Calvert Counterpoint Music
Suite of Miniature Dances Louis Applebaum Northdale Music Press
Hannaford Overture J Scott Irvine Northdale Music Press
Sodbuster Elizabeth Raum Canadian Music Centre
Fall Fair Godfrey Ridout, arr. Stephen Bulla Ridout Family Estate (www.godfreyridout.ca)
Round Dance John Weinzweig, arranged by Howard Cable Canadian Music Centre
*Free Running Bob Buckley HL / Musicworks
*Genesis Vince Gassi Alfred/Belwin
Scotch Cap Overture Michel Fortin Editions machine à notes
*Two Native Legends Williams Eighth Note
*Polytechnique Jonathan Dagenais www.jonathandagenais.net

Class/Classe B400

*Canadian Folk Song Rhapsody Donald Coakley Eighth Note Publications
*Jubilant Dialogue Donald Coakley Eighth Note
*Land of the Midnight Sun Bob Buckley HL / Musicworks
*Suite on Canadian Folk Songs Morely Calvert Northdale Music Press
*Symbiopholie Jonathan Dagenais Editions GAM
*Thin Places Bill Thomas Eighth Note Publications
*Suite on Canadian Folk Songs Morley Calvert Eighth Note
From Chaos to the Birth of a Dancing Star Alan Gordon Bell Canadian Music Centre
Antiphonals Don Coakley BRS Publications
Couchiching Suite John Herberman Eighth Note Publications
The Fisher who Died in His Bed John Herberman Northdale Music Press
A Study of: the Colours and Contrasts of Grief Paul Suchan Composer Website (paulsuchan.com)
Swiftriver Passage Paul Suchan Composer Website (paulsuchan.com)

Class/Classe B300

*Blue Lake and Rocky Shore Bill Thomas Eighth Note Publications
*Lyric Essay Donald Coakley Eighth Note Publications
Old Churches Michael Colgrass Bandquest
*Variations on a Rollicking Tune Jack Sirulnikoff Counterpoint Music
*Feller From Fortune Bill Thomas Eighth Note
*Filum Vitae Kristofferson Daehn
*Windjammer Buckley HL / Musicworks
*Wings Gassi Alfred
*Sea of Marmora Gilliland musicdirectltd.com
Thameside March Morely Calvert Eighth Note Publications
Cascadia Robert Buckley Hal Leonard
Kingsmere Overture Ryan Meeboer Eighth Note Publications
Petty Harbour Bait Skiff Jim Duff Alfred Music
The Maple Leaf Forever Alexander Muir arr. Colin Clarke TYWO Website and/or Arranger Colin Clarke (clarke.vader@gmail.com)
Ned the Neck Jocelyn Morlock Canadian Music Centre
Prairie Wedding Kenley Kristofferson Daehn Publications
Green Fields and White Hawthorne James Gayfer Canadian Music Centre

Class/Classe B200

*Donkey Riding Donald Coakley Eighth Note Publications
* Ariana’s y la danza Michel Fortin Edition Machine a Notes
*Ave Maria Biebl arr. Cameron HL / Boosey and Hawkes
*Donley Riding Donald Coakley Eighth Note
*Hush Bill Thomas Eighth Note
* Rocky Mountain Lullaby Christiaan Venter Canadian Music Centre
*Newfoundland Folk Song Jim Duff Alfred Music
*Scene in Iqaluit Howard Cable Eighth Note Publications
*A French Canadian Suite Arnold McLaughlin Bourne – print on demand only
Toledo Bruce Carlson GIA Publications
*Where Mountains Touch the Sky Robert Buckley Hal Leonard
The Beethoven Machine Michael Colgrass Carl Fischer
Cape Breton Lullaby Vince Gassi Alfred Music
Under the Butterfly’s Wing Lindsay Stetner Directly from Composer, stetnerlindsay@gmail.com

Class/Classe B100

*Land of the Silver Birch Don Coakley Eighth Note Publications
*Crusade Gassi Alfred
*Last Voyage of Queen Anne’s Revenge Ryan Meeboer Eighth Note Publications
*Marcha Pacifica Michel Fortin Machine a notes
*Prelude et Celebration Jonathan Dagenais Eighth Note Publications
Echo Lake Robert Buckley Hal Leonard
Land of the Silver Birch Doug Court Curnow Music
Early One Morning Dave Marlatt Eighth Note Publications
As We Sleep Ryan Meeboer Eighth Note Publications

*List created by Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Jason Caslor