Alarm

Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and…

When Summer’s In the Meadow

With its title originating in one of the most poignant, nostalgic lines of text in the Irish folk song “Danny Boy”, Standridge has created a dreamily beautiful setting of this beloved song, accessible to young bands. A number of scoring elements elevate this approachable work to a higher musical plane, including a unison clarinet section,…

High Voltage

Stun your students and audience with this electrifying work that uses vivid sound effects to create a thundering soundscape. You’ll harness the raw power of electricity with the exciting rhythms, clever percussion writing, a very approachable synthesizer part, and a myriad of thunder and electrical sounds that will add a new dimension to your program.…

Frogs

Add a touch of whimsy and joy to your next concert with this new young band work.  Inspired by the composer’s love of Percy Grainger, Frogs combines many “Grainger-isms” (unexpected harmonic movement, chromaticism, and a pastoral sensibility) with quirky percussion and accessible rhythms and ranges to create a truly unique work for young band.  The inclusion…

Bazaar

Bazaar takes the listener on a musical trip to the exotic markets of the Middle East.  Spices, beautiful fabrics, and priceless treasures litter the stalls while noise, aromas, and laughter fill the air.  The use of an altered scale and colorful percussion add to the exotic feel of this work, making this an exciting musical…

Skygazer Fanfare

A powerful fanfare with pop’s orchestra overtones for young players.  Commissioned by the Albemarle County Honor Band of Albemarle County, Virginia.  *JW Pepper Editor’s Choice 2015.  (Alfred Music)

A Joyous Christmas

This is an irrepressibly cheerful holiday opener that incorporates the familiar carol “Joy to the World” and portions of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. The sense of celebration and happiness that both of these melodies evoke complement each other and help to create a festive seasonal work. Young musicians and audience members will enjoy the mash-up…

Battlesong

Battlesong is a short work for young concert band that uses aggressive motivic development and percussion writing to creating a feeling of relentless force.  I wrote Battlesong to try to create a fun piece for younger bands that would keep them entertained and interested in what they were doing.  In my opinion, most young band music is just…