Some recordings of our parade music from band camp. They’re a long way from the Sheherazade of our spring concert! Percussion is way over-emphasized in these due to the room where we did the recording, but it’s OK by me because they bring it righteously. We’re a little light in some areas (we march about 45, half the size of our concert band. And only one clarinet?! Calling Mrs. Perils…), but I hafta say, in my unbiased opinion, the trumpets ride into each song like the damn cavalry. You really have to be a band geek to play more than one or two of these, or else you want multiple 80s-era flashbacks. I’m posting them mostly for my marching-band brother, and maybe my mom.
I think these are going to be really fun in the parades we have scheduled this summer. As we practice marching through the neighborhood near our rehearsal space, we pick up a camp following of kids and adults as they come out of their houses in slack-jawed amazement (and maybe annoyance), and then follow us gleefully from block to block. I like to think we’ve given them a little ray of sunshine in this extended spring of gloomy weather.
Jai Ho, the theme song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Interesting mixture of Indian rhythms and motifs and pop-song refrain.
Pick Up The Pieces. Your Average White Band. Nice trumpet breakout in the middle:
Mas Que Nada, a sultry samba. It’ll be summer here sometime… I first heard this in college by Sergio Mendes/Brasil 66. We do a drill routine during the 16-bar percussion feature:
Let’s Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire.
Bad Romance, Lady Gaga. Not an 80s song.
Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac:
Soak Up The Sun - Sheryl Crow:
Americans We - Henry Fillmore. Just to show you we can play a straight-on Fourth of July march. And follow the dynamics now & then:
Gimme Some Lovin’:
Drumline cadence when we’re marching, not playing. You really have to be a band geek to listen to this: