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"12 Pieces for Cadet Band" is now available on Lulu Press

For those of you who follow me more closely, the book (originally under the working title "The 2012 March Book Project"), is a collection of twelve short, simple pieces for youth band with flexible instrumentation. Each piece is written in the same 4-Part "March Book" format in popular use across the Canadian Cadet Movement with their brass and reed bands.

"March Book" format refers to a simple but flexible style of writing for beginner and intermediate ensembles of various instrumentation. The piece is broken down into its key elements - in the case of March Books, it's usually four elements - and each element is copied to every available instrument. The result is the ability of the musical director to select any element (melody, countermelody, harmony, bass line, etc.) to assign to whichever instrument in the ensemble they feel can best handle that element.

This means that less-experienced players can be given easier parts, while more advanced players play more complex parts - allowing musicians of varying degrees of proficiency to play together in the same ensemble. It also means that any ensemble can perform the music, as the score states no absolute requirement for any specific instrument.

No low brass? Give the bass line to the lowest instrument that you do have. No lead trumpet? Give the melody to whichever player is your strongest. It doesn't matter which instruments you have, or don't have in your ensemble. Any combination of common brass and wind instruments will do. "12 Pieces for Cadet Band" currently accommodates any combination of the following instruments:

  • Piccolo

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Alto Saxophone

  • Tenor Saxophone

  • Baritone Saxophone

  • F Horn

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone / Baritone / Euphonium

  • Tuba

  • Percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals)

  • Glockenspiel (Bell Lyra)

This is Elliot's first musical print-publication. For learn and hear more of Elliot and his work, you can check out his Lulu Press Author Spotlight, or visit his Official Website and "Like" him on Facebook. Thanks!

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