March of the Aliens by Barrie Gott. Edited by Bruce Pearson. For concert band. Standard of Excellence in Concert. Grade 1.5. Score and set of parts. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WB348).
March of the Aliens is a composition that should be approached with a sense of fun. The mood changes can depict various characters if one wants to add to the performance visually. The use of chromatics gives the piece an "eerie" feeling that suggests the possible invasion by aliens from another world. A wonderful novelty selection! Barrie Gott is an Australian composer who has written extensively for the Standard of Excellence In Concert series and is coauthor (with Bruce Pearson) of the Standard of Excellence First Performance band book. Mr. Gott is presently artistic and musical director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Australia.
About Standard of Excellence in Concert
The Standard of Excellence In Concert series presents exceptional arrangements, transcriptions, and original concert and festival pieces for beginning and intermediate band. Each selection is correlated to a specific page in the Standard of Excellence Band Method, reinforcing and expanding skills and concepts introduced in the method up to that point. Exciting parts with extensive cross-cueing are presented for every player. Accessible ranges, appropriate rhythmic challenges, and creative percussion section writing enhance the pedagogical value of the series.
Sold individually, each In Concert selection includes a full Conductor Score and enough student parts for large symphonic bands. Each student part also includes correlated Warm-Up Studies. The Conductor Score comes complete with rehearsal suggestions, a composer biography, program notes, a rehearsal piano part, several ready-to-duplicate worksheets and a duplicable written quiz.