We specialize in custom arrangements and original shows for marching band. Having music crafted to the strengths of your program is one of the main things that you can do to increase the success of your marching band. This is especially important for small bands with limited instrumentation (see the Small/Limited instrumentation band page).
* Arrangements can be at any level you need
* All scores, parts, and .mp3 files included
* I can also write pit parts, and percussion parts at the easy to moderate level.
* New original compositions include exclusive performance rights and recording rights for 1 year
Pricing is dependent on difficulty level and amount of pit/percussion writing to be done. For complete shows, prices start at $1000 for preexisting shows, and $2000 for completely new shows or extensive rewrites of preexisting shows. Individual song arrangements (2-3 minutes) start at $200 with percussion, $150 with just a single keyboard line.
Information is the key to making this process work. The more information you can give me, the better. A section by section break down of strengths and challenges is essential. Possible soloists, features, or small groups need to be noted. Ideas as to form and timing can also be included. Suitability of selections is something we may have to discuss regarding the ability level of the group.
Arrangements to be taken from recordings and re-arranging existing arrangements will be charged at a higher rate.
All copyright work must be done before any work will be done on arrangements.
Our recent customers;
Adair Co., KY
Woodford Co., KY
Ryle HS, KY
Lee Co., KY
Watertown HS, TN
Flagler Palm Coast HS, FL
Bartram Trail HS, FL
Tattnall Square Academy, GA
Excel HS, AL
N. Laurel HS, KY
Beloved - M
Based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabelle Lee
Written for the 2014 Woodford Co. KY HS Band, John Bowmer, director
Recordings do not include the poem text (it is notated in the scores)
Concerto for Front Ensemble and Marching Band - A
Based on the Howard Hanson Piano Concerto #1
Mozart Sym. No. 1 for Marching Band - MA
1. Sym. No. 25, Mvt.1
2. Serenade in B flat, "Gran Partita", Adagio
3. Overture to the Magic Flute
Transformations - M
Can evil transform into good?
In preparation - Precession of the Equinoxes- MA
1. Pythagoras and Kepler
2. On the Sensations of Tone
3. Mithras Slays the Bull
A Mighty Fortress Reborn
A contemporary setting A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Martin Luther
Written for Tom Case and the John Hardin H.S. Band, Elizabethtown KY
John Cacavas, Arr. Knob
Recordings of any of our works are available email@example.com
A note about my original compositions for marching band-
Being a bit “old school”, I write using melodies, with melodic development, and these melodies placed in all registers and instruments where appropriate. If you like melodies, and giving all your students the chance to play them, then please consider my services. I don’t do much of the “Semi-interesting chord progression, WW/Mellophone run, Loud impact, Drum solo, repeat, repeat, repeat” stuff. Having interesting melodies, development, and different colors actually helps your entire design team produce a better program. The music is what should drive all your design decisions, including colors, visual design, and color guard design. Also, if you have someone else write your percussion book, please make sure that person is writing for the entire musical package, not just the drumline. /rant off