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The Blues!

By James Swearingen

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Concert band - Grade 0.5
Composed by James Swearingen. Young Concert Band. Sound Foundations. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR360). Score and set of parts. Composed 2008. Duration 1 minute, 30 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.023-3776-00).

Item Number: CL.023-3776-00

Don't be surprised when your beginning band students repeatedly request over and over, "Can we play 'The Blues?" Based on a standard 12-bar blues progression, James Swearingen's The Blues gives students their first experience in America's very own musical art form. . . Jazz! It's hip, cool and features each section of the band playing musical ideas based on only their first six notes and even the percussionists are given an opportunity to be in the musical spotlight. Guaranteed to be their absolute favorite piece in the band folder. Stand back and watch the fun unfold!

About Sound Foundations Series

The Sound Foundations and Rising Band Series are carefully written to provide quality programming correlated to the first four semesters of band instruction. The Sound Foundations Series includes publications at two grade levels identifiable by color. The RED Grade .5 Sound Foundations Series is built upon the rhythmic skills and first six notes introduced in most band methods. The BLUE Grade 1 Sound Foundations publications are built on a range of one octave with expanded rhythms and other musical content

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