"Volume 5 of the
American Frontier Suite Series"
The American Frontier Suite series
came about as an idea resulting from collecting old music "that everyone
knows." As the quantity of this music began to grow, it fell into fairly
natural groupings, and as of this writing, in later 2009, there are some
twenty suites planned for this series.
Volume 5 in this series is about the
music honoring the men who built a nation, including five such tunes
from the middle 1800s. It includes these five tunes:
John Henry -- This suite begins with a tremendously
fun jazz-style trumpet solo - you can tell your trumpet player to
really cut loose on this one! Various sections share in passing the
melody around later in this tune, and it winds up with an easy flute
solo that's bound to delight the player and the audience.
Paddy Works On The Railway --
This is one of those tunes that everyone has heard before, but very
few know the name of. In 6/8 and a minor key, this tune will get
everyone involved in the music..
I've Been Working On The Railroad -- This starts at a
moderately ponderous tempo, with sledge-hammer spike driving sound
effects, and each section of the tune gets a bit faster until you're
really flying by the end of this section.
The Erie Canal -- This tune is total jazz! An observer
in the back of the concert hall during the premiere said every head
in the audience was bobbing to the music. One of the listeners told
me she felt like standing up and doing a can-can-style high kick to
Casey Jones --
Very much a "train" tune, from the driving of the wheels to the
scream of the steam whistle, just like Casey Jones' final ride, the
tune gets more and more frantic until it finally winds up in a
tremendous train crash that will challenge your percussion section's
ingenuity and provide more fun for both players and audience than
they've ever had at a music concert before.
This piece has been carefully scored
to be a challenging Grade 3, and would be another ideal piece for state contest lists.
It will also make an ideal
easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.
The price of this
piece is $85.00 for the
full score and all instrumental parts, all in PDF
format, so you can print as many parts for each instrument as you need
for your group.
Please see our
duplication policy on our Copyright
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