The "March" of the Second Suite begins with a simple five note motif between the low and high instruments of the band. The first folk tune is heard in the form of a traditional British brass band march using the dance tune "Glorishears". After a brief climax, the second strain begins with a euphonium solo playing the second folk tune in the suite "Swansea Town". The theme is repeated by the full band before the trio. For the trio, Holst modulates to the unconventional subdominant minor of B♭ minor and changes the time signature to 6/8, thereby changing the meter. The third theme, called "Claudy Banks", is heard in a low woodwind soli, as is standard march orchestration.
The finale of the suite opens with an alto saxophone solo based on the folk tune "Dargason", a 16th-century English dance tune. The fantasia continues through several variations encompassing the full capabilities of the band. The final folk tune, “Greensleeves”, is cleverly woven into the fantasia by the use of hemiolas, with Dargason being in a 6/8 time signature and Greensleeves being in 3/4. At the climax of the movement, the two competing themes are placed in competing sections. As the movement dies down, a tuba and piccolo duet forms a call back to the beginning of the suite with the competition of low and high registers.
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. In 2016, it was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards®, winning 11 (including Best Musical), and was also the recipient of the 2016 GRAMMY® Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jerry Brubaker has chosen six of the most musical selections from the Broadway show to use in this arrangement, including "You'll Be Back," "Helpless," "My Shot," "Dear Theodosia," "It's Quiet Uptown," and "One Last Time."
The original music to La Péri was written in 1911 by Paul Dukas as a Poème dansé en un tableau ("dance poem in one scene"), his last published work. Although not as well known as his famous symphonic poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the ballet has been considered to be one of his most mature and skilled pieces. The music's style can best be described as a mixture of Romantic tonal harmony and orchestration techniques with Impressionism, and is distinctly French. The ballet itself is preceded by a brilliant fanfare that uses the orchestra's brass section, and which is often performed separately.
A perfect piece for at-home learning! This piece only requires students to play on chairs or a floor tom while still challenging their stick technique and timing. This melodic groove displays the versatility and flexibility of our percussionists and, as an added bonus, they bumped up the tempo significantly to show off their advanced abilities!
As we are once again in a lockdown phase, we realize this past year and half has been a time of change and transition for all of us! The Colonel By Music Program would like to pass on this message of hope with this arrangement of See You Again, by Wiz Khalifa, featuring Charlie Puth from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack.