Marzo Zingaro

This march portrays the image of a lone wanderer happily marching across the Italian countryside. The first strain evokes a daring and adventurous mood as the trek into the unknown begins. As the journey progresses the atmosphere lightens, taking on a happier style as beautiful scenery unfolds along the way.   Randall Standridge · Marzo…

Dragon Lord, The

Program Notes A few years back, I created a narrative work for concert band entitled The Darklands Symphony, which told the tale of several characters and places that I have created over the years in my imagination through stories, art, and, finally, music.  All of the pieces were at the Grade 2-2.5 level, and were…

A Festival of Carols

Program Notes The Christmas season is full of lights, colors, foods, and most importantly…music.  The long tradition of Christmas carols is rich in its tapestry of styles, melodies, and overall feeling of good-will.  It is from this plethora of songs that I have assembled this medley for young ensembles, A Festival of Carols; in this…

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) Email Randall for sample requests. Click here for score

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…