This lively calypso packs a punch! Through great voicing and effective stops, this danceable melody will please your audience. This piece was commissioned specifically for beginning bands, and is a perfect choice for middle and high school steel bands!
From Tchaikovsky's collection of piano music for children, these simple trios are ideal for the beginner's first foray into chamber ensemble playing. Included in this collection are No. 4 "Mama", No. 5 "March of the Wooden Soldiers", No. 6 "The Sick Doll" and No.15 "Italian Song."
The melody is nice, easy and carefree, hence the title of the tune, with percussion adding a little drive to the rhythm during the 2nd verse. Then comes a laid back solo to fit the mood perfect for beginning steel pan players. Next, a nice bass and drum break down before the chords and melody come back in to take it out to the end. Ahhhhh…..Not A Care.
Pan Funk is a deep funky tune with a bit of a rock vibe. It starts out with a couple rounds of the back line laying down the groove of the tune. Next, the funky front line melody enters at the verse before segueing into the chorus, culminating in a full unison jam. There is a fun front line solo in the middle of the tune that ranges from very easy to very challenging, and finally breaks way back to the chorus with a chromatic flair. The solo section can also be easily stretched out for as long as you like to showcase your soloists in the band.
This series was commissioned specifically to provide quality steel band music for beginning steel bands. The six pieces in this collection represent a variety of styles, composers and difficulty and can serve as an entire semester's repertoire.
The first two pieces, Pa Bailar (cha-cha) and Hope (reggae and soca), were composed by composer, performer and educator Jeff Narell. These two tunes are Level 1 difficulty and make great first tunes for middle and early high school steel bands. The groove is really nice, and they could easily be taught by rote
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T, DT, DS, C, B, Drums
Tenor: C4 – C6
Double Tenor: A3 – C4 (DT is only on Catch Me and You Got Me Going)
Double Seconds: F3 – D5
Cello: B2 – F4
Bass: B1 – E3 (with octave)
The national anthem is a must to have in the repertoire of any serious performing ensemble. This arrangement takes a traditional military band approach with plenty of pomp and fanfare, sure to stir the listeners at your next performance.
This jazz number was commissioned as part of our Beginning Steel Band series. Voiced like a jazz band chart, this piece is written in minor and features a great melody and a laid back groove. The middle section features a solo section suitable for beginning players. Best of all, this piece is leveled for beginning steel bands!