2020 Concert Band Syllabus


Only works listed on this year’s syllabus will satisfy the syllabus requirement for the 2020 festival.  MusicFest Canada provides adjudication scores for pieces on the syllabus.  Canadian works on the syllabus are marked (CA) and will also satisfy the Canadian requirement (see below).  Please be sure to review the complete rules and regulations at www.musicfest.ca before selecting your repertoire.


Since May 2016, every Concert Band participating in “The Nationals” is 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 (if the band plays in B300, the director’s Canadian choice should be at the B300 level). See “2020 CANADIAN CONCERT BAND LIST” for additional non-syllabus suggested Canadian concert band compositions.

Canadian Content is noted with a “(CA)”

Class/Classe B600

Banks of Newfoundland (CA)CableEighth Note
Children’s MarchGrainger/RogersHL/Southern
Crossing ParallelsSalfelderHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Frenergy (CA)Estacio/LinklaterHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Give Us This DayMaslankaFischer
Lincolnshire Posy (Any 4 Movements)GraingerLudwig
Overture to CandideBernstein/GrundmanHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Polytechnique (CA)DagenaisHafabra
Sonics (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Symphonic OvertureBarnesHL/Southern
Undercurrents (CA)BuckleyHL/Musicworks
Variants on a Medieval TuneDello JoioHL / EBMarks

Class/Classe B500

Bali (CA)ColgrassCarl Fischer
Blue Lake OvertureChanceHL/Boosey & Hawkes
ChesterSchumanTheodore Presser
Chorale and Shaker DanceZdechlikKjos
First Suite in EbHolstHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Free Running (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Genesis (CA)GassiAlfred / Belwin
Handel in the StrandGrainger/SchisselBarnhouse
Original Suite, AnJacobHL/Boosey & Hawkes
Psalm for BandPersichettiCarl Fischer
Romantic Variations (CA)CalvertCounterpoint
Skyline (CA)HammellEKR Hammell
Two Native Legends (CA)WilliamsEighth Note
Under the Butterfly's Wings (CA)StetnerLES

Class/Classe B400

Arkhangelsk (CA)SmallmanLighthouse
Autumn (CA)C. NishimuraCait Nishimura
Chorale and AlleluiaHansonCarl Fischer
Colours and Contrasts of Grief, The (CA)SuchanEighth Note
Fisher Who Died in His Bed, The (CA)HerbermanNorthdale
From Chaos to the Birth of a Dancing Star (CA)BellCanadian Music Centre
ISS Flyover (CA)MeechanPeter Meechan
Jubilant Dialogue (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Land of the Midnight Sun (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Little Concert Suite, AAlfred ReedHL/Marks
Lyric Essay (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
One Life BeautifulGirouxMusica Propria
Pusztavan der RoostHL/de Haske
Suite on Canadian Folk Songs (CA)CalvertEighth Note
Symbiopholie (CA)DagenaisEighth Note
Thin Places (CA)ThomasEighth Note

Class/Classe B300

At Morning's First LightGillinghamC. Alan
Blue Lake and Rocky Shore (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Chasing Sunlight (CA)C. NishimuraCait Nishimura
Flourish for Wind BandVaughan WilliamsOxford University Press
Matters of Kindness (CA)KristoffersonGrand Mesa
Mystery on Mena MountainGirouxHL/Southern
Old Churches (CA)ColgrassHL/Bandquest
Prairie Wedding (CA)KristoffersonBarnhouse
Rocky Mountain Lullaby (CA)VenterVenter
Sea of Marmora (CA)Gillilandmusicdirectltd.com
Sure on this Shining NightBarber/SaucedoHL/Schirmer
Variations On A Rollicking Tune (CA)SirulnikoffCounterpoint
When The Sun Comes After Rain (CA)Emery/HammellEKR Hammell
Wings (CA)GassiAlfred
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie DoonGraingerHal Leonard
Yorkshire BalladBarnesHL/Southern

Class/Classe B200

Ancient FlowerY. NishimuraCarl Fischer
Donkey Riding (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Fanfare, Ode and FestivalMargolisManhattan Beach
French-Canadian Suite, A (CA)MacLaughlinBourne
Hush (CA)ThomasEighth Note
Marcha Pacifica (CA)FortinMachine-a-notes
Newfoundland Folk Song (CA)DuffAlfred
Of Gentle SpiritOwensFJH
Prelude and PursuitSweeneyHal Leonard
Rhythm StandHigdonHL/Bandquest
Scene in Iqaluit (CA)CableEighth Note
Scottish Ballade, ASheldonAlfred
Three Czech Folk SongsVinsonHal Leonard
Where Mountains Touch the Sky (CA)BuckleyHL / Musicworks
Zenith (CA)MeechanPeter Meechan

Class/Classe B100

All Ye Young SailorsLa PlanteDaehn
Ancient MoonDel BorgoAlfred
Band in the Square, TheLa PlanteDaehn
Battle Pavane, TheSusato/MargolisManhattan Beach
Big Raven (CA)GassiAlfred
Chinese Folk Song MedleyGarofaloGrand Mesa
Colliding VisionsBalmagesFJH
Court FestivalPearsonKjos
Crusade (CA)GassiAlfred
Early One Morning (CA)MarlattEighth Note
In the Wake of SpringSwearingenAlfred
Land of the Silver Birch (CA)CoakleyComprint or Eighth Note
Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge (CA)MeeboerEighth Note
Nottingham CastleDaehnDaehn
Prelude and Celebration (CA)DagenaisEighth Note Publishing
Royal GardensVertoskeGrand Mesa
Starlit Night, ASwearingenAlfred
Water is Wide, TheGriffinHal Leonard

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