Chorus with Band

“Patriotic chorus and band compositions are difficult to come by and are always of programming interest.”

Col. Lowell E. Graham, Commander/Conductor, USAF Band, Bolling AFB, DC

ListenScoreTitleScoringDur.Year
view scorePrime Time (Toccata Brillante)concert band11'2000
Order This»Bright, brash showpiece in 11/8 built on a fast down-leaping ostinato tattoo, with soaring melodies, crazed-canon variations, sleep cycle, big band jazz breakdown, full reprise, and prankster ending. Grade 5.
(full band score)view scorePRINCIPLES (mixed chorus) Chorus (SSAATTBB), baritone voice solo, concert band or piano w/opt. percussion (6)32' - rev 2010
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(piano/vocal score)
view piano/vocal scoreSecular oratorio, tuneful, populist, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Accessible, thinking-person's patriotic music. Texts: His creed, Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, epitaph, letters. Mixed chorus/band version. Now also available with Orchestra accompaniment; some keys differ. SEE WORKS/CHORAL page for orchestral score and sound samples.Notes»

1. Creed: "I Have Sworn"4'
Mvt. 1 (v2 chor/piano)Brilliant ringing opening, hortatory middle in polymeters on the evils of forced false religions; big unresolved cadence.
2. Our Civil Rights3'
Mvt. 2-3 (solo bar., v2 chor/piano)Bitter, dignified solo elaboration of the relationship between religious choice and civil rights. Choral echos. Grim ending.
3. The Opinions of Men2'
Serious, energetic repudiation of government control of opinion.
3a. We Do Enact4'
Pure choral, gentle psalm/prayer-style statement of the Statute.
4. The Truth is Great (fugue)2'
Mvt. 4 (chorus a cappella)Tight, lively, chromatic rhetorical fugue on Truth. (Possible a cappella.)
5. Rebellion to Tyrants2'
(MIDI Band + voice)Shay's Rebellion letter, solo recitative.
6. We Hold These Truths6'
(MIDI band + vox)Taut, dramatic setting of the salient parts of the Declaration of Independence with brave, strong, inspiring conclusion, bright joyous brass tattoo outburst after "sacred honor".
6a. Here Was Buried1'
(MIDI band + vox)Solemn unison recitative over pedal tone, on his self-penned epitaph.
7. All Eyes Are Opened8'
(MIDI band + vox)Populist, revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the Declaration. Several band interludes, drum section break. Big peroration on the refrain, "All Eyes are Opened to the Rights of Man," skyrocket ending.
(full band score)view scorePRINCIPLES (men's chorus)Men's chorus (TTTTBBBB), baritone voice solo, concert band or piano w/opt. percussion (6)32' - 1993-4
rev. 2014
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(piano/vocal score)
view piano/vocal scoreSecular oratorio. Male chorus version written for the Singing Sgts. and the top USAF band, DC. Notes»
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(MIDI)1. Creed: "I Have Sworn"4'
Brilliant ringing opening, hortatory middle in polymeters on the evils of forced false religions; big unresolved cadence.
2. Our Civil Rights3'
(voice/piano)Bitter, dignified solo elaboration of the relationship between religious choice and civil rights. Choral echos. Grim ending.
3. The Opinions of Men2'
(MIDI)Serious, energetic repudiation of government control of opinion.
3a. We Do Enact4'
(MIDI)Pure choral, gentle psalm/prayer-style statement of the Statute.
4. The Truth is Great (fugue)2'
(MIDI)Tight, lively, chromatic rhetorical fugue on Truth. (Possible a cappella.)
5. Rebellion to Tyrants2'
(MIDI + voice)Shay's Rebellion letter, solo recitative.
6. We Hold These Truths6'
(MIDI)Taut, dramatic setting of the salient parts of the Declaration of Independence with brave, strong, inspiring conclusion, bright joyous brass tattoo outburst after "sacred honor".
6a. Here Was Buried1'
(MIDI)Solemn unison recitative over pedal tone, on his self-penned epitaph.
7. All Eyes Are Opened8'

Order This» Re-transcription for band of Bach's own transcription of the Preludio (in E) to his Third solo violin Partia, for solo organ with festive orchestra. Here the solo part is given to marimba (or xylophone, or duet).  
(full band score)view scoreBeatles, SERGEANT PEPPER MedleyTTBB chorus + vocal soli; (or solo quintet), band (also with combo)16'1971
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(vocal score/piano reduction for BAND prep)
view piano/vocal scoreFun transcription medley from the Beatle's amazing first concept album. Created for and premiered by the USAF Band and Singing Sergeants, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Commander/Conductor. Can be performed with men’s chorus and soloists, or with amplified solo quintet of good vocal Beatles imitators. Also available with combo accompaniment.
NJ1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club BandRecording: Orpheus Men's Choir, Ridgewood Band, New Jersey1'30
NJ2. With a Little Help From my Friends2'
NJ3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds1'20
NJ4. It's Getting Better All the Time1'45
USAF5. She's Leaving HomeRecording: USAF Band DC/Singing Sgts./Gabriel1'30
USAF6. When I'm 641'45
USAF7. Lovely Rita Meter Maid1'40