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 NoteListen
Children’s MarchGrainger/RogersHL/SouthernListen
Crossing ParallelsSalfelderHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
Frenergy (CA)Estacio/LinklaterHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
Give Us This DayMaslankaFischerListen
Lincolnshire Posy (Any 4 Movements)GraingerLudwigListen
Overture to CandideBernstein/GrundmanHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
Polytechnique (CA)DagenaisHafabraListen
Sonics (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Symphonic OvertureBarnesHL/SouthernListen
Undercurrents (CA)BuckleyHL/MusicworksListen
Variants on a Medieval TuneDello JoioHL / EBMarks Listen

Class/Classe B500

Bali (CA)ColgrassCarl FischerListen
Blue Lake OvertureChanceHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
ChesterSchumanTheodore PresserListen
Chorale and Shaker DanceZdechlikKjosListen
First Suite in EbHolstHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
Free Running (CA)BuckleyHL / MusicworksListen
Genesis (CA)GassiAlfred / BelwinListen
Handel in the StrandGrainger/SchisselBarnhouseListen
Original Suite, AnJacobHL/Boosey & HawkesListen
Psalm for BandPersichettiCarl FischerListen
Romantic Variations (CA)CalvertCounterpointListen
Skyline (CA)HammellEKR HammellListen
Two Native Legends (CA)WilliamsEighth NoteListen
Under the Butterfly's Wings (CA)StetnerLESListen

Class/Classe B400

Arkhangelsk (CA)SmallmanLighthouseListen
Autumn (CA)C. NishimuraCait NishimuraListen
Chorale and AlleluiaHansonCarl FischerListen
Colours and Contrasts of Grief, The (CA)SuchanEighth NoteListen
Fisher Who Died in His Bed, The (CA)HerbermanNorthdaleListen
From Chaos to the Birth of a Dancing Star (CA)BellCanadian Music Centre
ISS Flyover (CA)MeechanPeter MeechanListen
Jubilant Dialogue (CA)CoakleyEighth Note
Land of the Midnight Sun (CA)BuckleyHL / MusicworksListen
Little Concert Suite, AAlfred ReedHL/MarksListen
Lyric Essay (CA)CoakleyEighth NoteListen
One Life BeautifulGirouxMusica PropriaListen
Pusztavan der RoostHL/de HaskeListen
Suite on Canadian Folk Songs (CA)CalvertEighth NoteListen
Symbiopholie (CA)DagenaisEighth NoteListen
Thin Places (CA)ThomasEighth NoteListen

Class/Classe B300

At Morning's First LightGillinghamC. AlanListen
Blue Lake and Rocky Shore (CA)ThomasEighth NoteListen
Chasing Sunlight (CA)C. NishimuraCait NishimuraListen
Flourish for Wind BandVaughan WilliamsOxford University PressListen
Matters of Kindness (CA)KristoffersonGrand MesaListen
Old Churches (CA)ColgrassHL/BandquestListen
Prairie Wedding (CA)KristoffersonBarnhouseListen
Rocky Mountain Lullaby (CA)VenterVenterListen
Sea of Marmora (CA)Gillilandmusicdirectltd.com
Sure on this Shining NightBarber/SaucedoHL/SchirmerListen
Variations On A Rollicking Tune (CA)SirulnikoffCounterpoint
When The Sun Comes After Rain (CA)Emery/HammellEKR HammellListen
Wings (CA)GassiAlfredListen
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie DoonGraingerHal LeonardListen
Yorkshire BalladBarnesHL/SouthernListen

Class/Classe B200

Ancient FlowerY. NishimuraCarl FischerListen
Donkey Riding (CA)CoakleyEighth NoteListen
Fanfare, Ode and FestivalMargolisManhattan BeachListen
French-Canadian Suite, A (CA)MacLaughlinBourne
Hush (CA)ThomasEighth NoteListen
Marcha Pacifica (CA)FortinMachine-a-notes
Newfoundland Folk Song (CA)DuffAlfred
Of Gentle SpiritOwensFJHListen
Prelude and PursuitSweeneyHal LeonardListen
Rhythm StandHigdonHL/BandquestListen
Scene in Iqaluit (CA)CableEighth NoteListen
Scottish Ballade, ASheldonAlfredListen
Three Czech Folk SongsVinsonHal LeonardListen
Where Mountains Touch the Sky (CA)BuckleyHL / MusicworksListen
Zenith (CA)MeechanPeter MeechanListen

Class/Classe B100

All Ye Young SailorsLa PlanteDaehnListen
Ancient MoonDel BorgoAlfredListen
Band in the Square, TheLa PlanteDaehnListen
Battle Pavane, TheSusato/MargolisManhattan BeachListen
Big Raven (CA)GassiAlfredListen
Chinese Folk Song MedleyGarofaloGrand MesaListen
Colliding VisionsBalmagesFJHListen
Court FestivalPearsonKjosListen
Crusade (CA)GassiAlfredListen
Early One Morning (CA)MarlattEighth NoteListen
In the Wake of SpringSwearingenAlfredListen
Land of the Silver Birch (CA)CoakleyComprint or Eighth NoteListen
Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge (CA)MeeboerEighth NoteListen
Nottingham CastleDaehnDaehn Listen
Prelude and Celebration (CA)DagenaisEighth Note PublishingListen
Royal GardensVertoskeGrand MesaListen
Starlit Night, ASwearingenAlfredListen
Water is Wide, TheGriffinHal LeonardListen

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