The American Frontier Suites - Volume 3

for Full Concert/Symphonic Band
by David P. Miller

"Volume 3 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 early 2008, there are some twenty suites planned for this series.

Volume 3 in this series covers tunes popular in the Appalachian regions of America in the 1800s. It includes these five tunes:

  • Simple Gifts -- One of the most representative and easily recognized Appalachian songs, this tune was written by Joseph Becket in 1848. The first time through this tune, it's played with a unique praise-style beat, designed to get both musicians and audiences really into the music from the very first.

  • Sourwood Mountain  -- This traditional mountain tune is scored to resemble the type of music likely to be heard at a barn dance, and the lively beat infects players and listeners alike. One listener commented, "I laughed in delight when I heard that tune!"

  • Black Is The Color -- This traditional pre-1870 lament is scored hauntingly for a trumpet solo, then later for upper woodwinds, and should touch people's deepest emotions.

  • Polly-Wolly Doodle -- Still popular today as a children's tune, this song was already common and popular when Daniel Decatur Emmett introduced it into his Minstrel shows in the 1840s.

  • Shenandoah -- Still as touching and grand today as it was when it was sung in the late 1700s, this inspiring tune makes a fitting windup for this suite.

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.

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