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Still, Still, Still

I love Christmas music.  LOVE it.  I listen to them at Christmas time, sing them, and thought that I knew most of them.  My assistant director requested an arrangement of this carol for our Junior Band, and I had no idea what he was talking about.  Somehow, this beautiful song went under my radar all…

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Snow Angels (2014)

This work was commissioned for the Century Middle School Band in Lakeville, Minnesota and their conductor, Mr. Christopher Bolson. It was written in memory of Alyssa Ettl. In this piece, I have attempted to create a musical snowscape, a joyful place where children play, laugh, and leave their mark, as they do on all of…

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Snake Charmer

Arabian scales and exotic percussion enhance the mysterious nature of this piece as it gradually accelerandos to its fiery conclusion.  *JW Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2009.  Performed at the 2010 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  Included in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band vol.8 (GIA Publications).  (Grand Mesa Music) Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests.…

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The Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree, based on an old Scottish melody, is a great lyrical showcase for your band.  I first heard this melody when playing Pentland Hills, a concert march by Howe.  “The Rowan Tree” appears in that work as the trio melody.  Ever since hearing it, it stuck with me until I finally decided to do…

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Portent

The word Portent is defined as a sign or omen that signifies an event of great importance or consequence.  I wrote this piece as a concert opener or festival selection.  Sometimes, when a composer is writing, ideas start as small seeds and grow over time.  This one, however, arrived full-blown and ready to go in one flash…

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Pandora

Pandora was written at the request of my friend and mentor Brandon Robinson.  He said he wanted a young band piece that used 20th Century techniques.  The aleatoric sections, harsh dissonances, and programmatic nature fulfill this requirement while still being accessible for young players.  *J.W. Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2007 Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests.…

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New Era Fanfare

This edgy, contemporary fanfare uses pop rhythms and thundering percussion to create a truly memorable musical statement, enhanced by the use of synthesizer.   *JW Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2013 Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests. Part 1http://randallstandridge.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/New-Era-Fanfare-Standridge-Grade-2.mp3 Click here for score

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Lullabye (Waltz for Band)

Lullabye is a piece that is supposed to evoke the soft, soothing quality of childhood lullabyes.  As a percussionist, it has always irritated me that percussion seem to get cheated on lyrical pieces.  This piece, hopefully, offers percussionists the opportunity to show a more expressive side and participate more fully in this type of music.…

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Little Suite for Band

An homage to the traditional suites for concert bands, this four movement work features an “Ayre,” a “Ballad,” a “Gigue”, and a “March.”* *Bandworld Magazine 2014 Top 100 Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests. Part 1http://randallstandridge.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Little-Suite-FJH-Recording-2.mp3 Click here for score

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In Quiet Hours…

This work honors the long hours and quiet dedication of music educators all over the world.  Written for one-on-a-part, this work is achievable for the smallest ensembles but will sound lush and effective with the largest ensembles as well. Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests.

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