Suggested Programs


  • Program Opener:                                                                                                                                                                               

One of my very favorites is John Rutter’s Cityscapes (originally named Partita). And either the 1st or 3rd mvmts. I believe would be ideal as a program opener:                                                                                                                    

1st mvmt. – Big Apple – 7:14                                                                                                                                                             

3rd mvmt. –  Flower of Cities All – 7:27     

Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire) – 7:37

  • Soloists:

If you have soloists you would like to feature, here are some suggestions:

Divertissement – 9:32 – Philip Lane for solo oboe or clarinet, or a dialogue between the two, 4 movements.

Three Spanish Dances9:00Philip Lane, for solo clarinet (or oboe) and band 

Esta Noche 2:01 – John Rutter, for solo trumpet

Steal Away – 4:17 – from Feel the Spirit by John Rutter for soprano or alto singer with band,

or Deep River  – 5:00 – from Feel the Spirit by John Rutter for soprano or alto singer with band 

Suite Antique 4. Waltz – 3:29 – John Rutter for solo flute and band (There are 6 mvmts., all flute solo, but this seems to be the most popular mvmt.)

  • Marches

March for “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples”4:56 – William Walton

The Crown of India March – 4:18 – Edward Elgar

When the Saints Go Marching In – 4:08 – from Feel the Spirit, by John Rutter

Entry March of the Boyars  – 4:45 – by Johan Halvorsen

The-New Spirit of ‘76  – 2:15 – Katheryn McCall Noblitt

  • Comedy:

The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil  – 4:12 – Gordon Jacob.  Anyone who knows The Barber of Seville will get a kick out of this.  It is very cleverly done and the band should have fun playing this piece.

  • Slow with depth:

Distant Land  – 6:20 – John Rutter

Home is a Special Kind of Feeling  – 3:14 – John Rutter, (a good piece for set drummer)

Prelude: 49th Parallel – 3:19 – Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Religious Titles:

Give the king thy judgments, O God – 7:09 – John Rutter: A unique feature is the Orlando Gibbons hymn-tune that I have written (optionally) for the band to sing, which begins at 4:21 in the audio track.  The rest of the arrangement can be performed by band alone – or if you have a chorus available, that works too!  (Don’t let the audio track fool you – it is also scored for band alone!)

Gloria Patri, from the Magnificat – 5:22 – John Rutter

Nun Danket Alle Gott – Karg-Elert – 3:50 – This is quite a famous piece that should be recognizable by your audience.

Chorale Prelude and Fugue – 6:41 – J. S. Bach. An all-time favorite Bach composition, with heightened interest and dramatic versatility offered by the band.

  • Pieces with a Feature:

Amsterdam Suite, 1. Barrel Organs – 6:23 – Matthew Curtis. A strong outdoor piece by one of the craftiest composers I have experienced. 

Cariad-7:36 – Gareth Glyn. This is a delightful medley of six children’s folk songs of Wales based on the theme of ‘love’.  It also offers an opportunity for set drummer and optional electric bass.

Macbeth– 6:03- William Walton.  Film music that will give your trumpets an opportunity for fanfares galore!

Three Sisters – 3:34 – William Walton. British film music, featuring themes from the 1812 Overture and the Swan Lake waltz.

Holiday Mood – 4:24 – Matthew Curtis.  The unique feature is the 6/8 – 2/4 bars throughout, creating an exciting drive as suggested by the title.