Ashford Variations by James Swearingen. Concert band. Young Concert Band. Command Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR324). Grade 2.5. Score and set of parts. Composed 1992. Duration 3 minutes, 34 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.011-2488-00).
A musical portrait of the English countryside in this well-crafted original for the Junior High/Middle School band. Certain to be a favorite among young performers, the lush opening theme is cleverly scored through several colorful and appealing variations. Truly 'A MUST".