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"I" of the STORM!

Grade: 4 w/Grade 5 Woodwind Solo | Duration: 9:18

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Description

"I" of the STORM! is a Fugue for Wind Symphony and Woodwind Soloist. There are C, Bb, and Eb solo parts for any of your woodwind players who need the opportunity to be featured!

The second movement is a bittersweet, haunting ballad entitled, NO ONE KNOWS. The third movement is an Epilogue which takes the Main Fugue and delivers it in a spine-chilling and dramatic conclusion! The solo, while working in scalar lines, is fast, sensational and demanding. (Grade 5 or 6)

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#1015 for Clarinet & Piano - Grade: 6 | Duration: 8:18

#1015 for Clarinet & Piano

Grade: 6 | Duration: 8:18

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DOUG MONROE REACTIONS to Clarinet Piece:

"In a word...profound. To the core. It is creation observed. I can't wait to play it. I will be playing this on my European concert tour, fall 2012 (Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest October 6th and Robert Schumann's recital hall in Zwickau, Germany date TBA) as well as my recital next year. You are sublimely gifted." Doug

PS: I don't think I told you this, but I use your book of Function Chorales with my chamber groups here. They eat it up! We'll use it with our faculty quintet too.

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#1016 for Clarinet & Orchestra - Grade: 6 | Duration: 8:18

#1016 for Clarinet & Orchestra

Grade: 6 | Duration: 8:18

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DOUG MONROE REACTIONS to Clarinet Piece:

"In a word...profound. To the core. It is creation observed. I can't wait to play it. I will be playing this on my European concert tour, fall 2012 (Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest October 6th and Robert Schumann's recital hall in Zwickau, Germany date TBA) as well as my recital next year. You are sublimely gifted." Doug

PS: I don't think I told you this, but I use your book of Function Chorales with my chamber groups here. They eat it up! We'll use it with our faculty quintet too.

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111465 - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

111465

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

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Description

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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21: WON WAY - Grade: 5 | Duration: 10:11

21: WON WAY

Grade: 5 | Duration: 10:11

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Description

A Tribute to Roberto Clemente, the first Hispanic Baseball Player and a Great Man who died living his beliefs. Please see the score notes for much much much.

Disfrute!

The nature of "tribute" is fascinating because once you begin really paying homage to anything or anyone or any assemblage of truly great people, there is no end. Kakehashi: That We Might Live and Last World Standing are such examples.

After writing 21: Won Way, a tribute to Roberto Clemente... and for those of you too young to know who this is, please read about his Life... more Music came. First the Romanza para Roberto, and later the Pasodobles para Santa Cecelia (patron saint of Music) y los Heroes de Espana, of which Roberto may definitely be included.

21: Won Way, in both versions, the stand-alone version, or the version preceded by the Romanza para Roberto is a tribute to Roberto Clemente, his Hispanic origins, and as always, with a dramatic, Heroic-Romantic "Stormworks" orchestration.


21: GANO CAMINO (European Version) Grade: 6 | Duration: 15:15


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A SENDING - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 7:00

A SENDING

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 7:00

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Description:

You would be saddened to know how many times I am asked to compose a work for someone who has passed on. I often say no, but when three band directors called at the same time to compose such a work, I decided to create a young band statement that might positively address this situation. Again, the colours explored are new to our idiom, the themes and moods easy to connect with. Options within the work allow for a range from Grade 2 to perhaps Grade 4.

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A SONG in the UNIVERSE -

A SONG in the UNIVERSE

"Young" Band, Grade 2-3 | Duration: 4:11

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Description

Please see the actual PDF score itself for Technical & Musical notes about this very different work for "Young" student musicians. It is connected later to a very interesting piece called OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE.

Stormworks is vast!

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.


 

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A WALK ON THE WATER - Grade 6 | Duration: 9:48

A WALK ON THE WATER

Grade 6 | Duration: 9:48

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Description

An off-stage alto vocalist calls to us. We respond. The new-to-our-idiom colours join with the alto "muse" and beckon us in new ways. Through struggle and adventure, we finally arrive at the moment of "connection". And when we do, we can "walk on the water".

Godspeed!

 

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AFINCE - Grade 2-3 with Grade 5+ Percussion | Duration: 4:40

AFINCE

Grade 2-3 with Grade 5+ Percussion | Duration: 4:40

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Description:

Afincé offers still yet another opportunity for an innovative mix of forces and has many possible uses in your program. The Grade 3 Level Middle School, or young High School Band may be joined by a very strong high school, visiting college, or professional percussion ensemble!

 

The piece features the Percussionists, but nevertheless provides a Musical and educational experience for the wind Musicians. The piece is essentially a groove in 3.5/4. Teaching scenarios accompany this and all young band works. The work can also be rendered with the Jazz Ensemble, and opened for solos, or rendered with just Percussion Ensemble, and/or edited into an exciting field version.

 

There are many avenues of use and exploration in this strategic addition to your library.

 

Please visit the score for more information.  Because of space, this track did not make the CD Recording.  It is a part of STORMJourneys, but also Winds & Percussion in Motion.

 

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AHAB! for Actor & Symphonic Band (2 versions) - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 24:16  and/or a (10:33 - Music only version)

AHAB! for Actor & Symphonic Band (2 versions)

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 24:16 and/or a (10:33 - Music only version)
AHAB! for Actor & Symphonic Band (2 versions possible)


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Description

Actor Kurtwood Smith plays AHAB! on STORMWORKS... Chapter 2 CD. This provides an outstanding model for the Actor in your collaboration.

From the Pagan-like chanting of the driving polyrhythms to the moments of Soul-Stilling calm, to the dramatic death and resurrection, AHAB! is a dynamic, wide-ranged, quickly accessible, always changing Musical journey.

AHAB! is a new-to-our-idiom undertaking composed for ACTOR, not narrator and Band of the 3rd Millennium! It provides the opportunity to combine departments and explore a New medium!

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ALL THIS SHALL BE YOURS - Grade: 5-6 for Chorus & Orchestra | Duration: 11:11

ALL THIS SHALL BE YOURS

Grade: 5-6 for Chorus & Orchestra | Duration: 11:11

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Description

Well here's a piece NOT for everyone! Jesus is tempted in the desert from the perspective of Satan and his demonic allies!

A very good Orchestra with an orchestration removing all woodwinds could indeed render this work with a fine chorus. But, if you are a Chorus Conductor and would like to do this work without access to the Special Orchestra, you can also render the work with a pre-recorded Orchestral Soundtrack. Simply call and ask for the CD.

 

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Always the Return from 12:01PM - Grade: 4-5 for Small Orchestra | Duration: 4:33

Always the Return from 12:01PM

Grade: 4-5 for Small Orchestra | Duration: 4:33

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Description

The Academy-award nominated film, 12:01PM, called for an Adagio which was rendered as the closing statement. The Adagio is a work for small orchestra, bittersweet and sublime. Always the Return is scored for: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, 3 Horns, Piano, Harp, Timpani, Percussion, Strings.

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AMERICA THE BRAVE! - Grade: 4 w/Optional Chorus | Duration: 5:45

AMERICA THE BRAVE!

Grade: 4 w/Optional Chorus | Duration: 5:45

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Description

With optional Chorus, the piece begins with a haunting retelling of Glory, Glory Hallelujah. It moves quickly to a dramatic impact, then moves into America the Beautiful. The piece builds and ends dramatically. So many arrangements of these pieces have been done. I wanted to do one that would offer another take on America... the Brave!

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American Music Abroad Fanfare - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 1:00

American Music Abroad Fanfare

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 1:00

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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ARENA - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 9:02

ARENA

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 9:02

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ARK of the COVENANT - Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

ARK of the COVENANT

Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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BATTLE FOR ONEWORLD! - Grade 2+ | Duration: 6:34

BATTLE FOR ONEWORLD!

Grade 2+ | Duration: 6:34

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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Beyond this Place of Wrath & Tears - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 8:55

Beyond this Place of Wrath & Tears

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 8:55

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DOUG MONROE REACTIONS to the Clarinet & Orchestral Version:

"Dear Steve, The Clarinet piece... captures my loneliness. I do not know if the Music is expressing my feelings, or if my feelings echo the Music. This piece resonates in the marrow of my bones. It's just beautiful! I love the cymbal work. The strings will give just the right color to the clarinet in this piece. As I told you before, it is exceptionally expressive. Now that I'm finished for summer, I'm going to start working on it and will play the piano reduction on my fall recital (as well as in Europe next year).

When I first heard this music, I thought "How could he know what I've been through over the past 4 years especially, but at a deeper level, the things I've struggled with all my life?" I hear so much in this piece that talks about my pain and my peace. Wonderful how great art can mean so many things to so many different people. I can't wait to play this in the fall. I am so in awe of your sensitivity and musical gift, man." Doug

and after the rcording...

On Feb 16, 2012, at 12:09 AM, Doug Monroe wrote:

"Hey man...I'm just listening to your piece again now that I've had a bit of time to separate me from recording it. You are so gifted, Steve. I wanted to tell you again how moved I am by your ability to communicate emotions the way you do with your art. I'm in awe. And I'm so fortunate to have been involved with this piece. Thank you. And thank you for your friendship. Yours," Doug

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BOY in STORM at SEA - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 6:40

BOY in STORM at SEA

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 6:40

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Description

 

Already played to a "standing ovation" in Rotterdam, this work is currently scheduled to be recorded for the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer CD.

 

Check out the score notes for details!  And please look for The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands premiere in STORMFILMS.

 

Godspeed! S

 

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE - Beginning Band | Duration: 2:14

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE

Beginning Band | Duration: 2:14
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Description:

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE was composed to assist the clarinetist in "getting over the break" while also understanding the relationship between fingerings on either side of this "break". The first step encompasses a simple fingering pattern which involves the left or alternate side-to-side fingering for the new note F#. The musical fragment takes the clarinets into the chalameau register reinforcing the ability to hold a stable hand position in preparation for the left thumb hitting the register key. At m8, the clarinets have the melodic fragment. At m20, the clarinets have the same melodic pattern, but this time with the thumb key. This accomplishes a number of things: strength in the chalameau register, and paired, associated learning of related notes at the 12th, above and below the break. Also, because the part is soloistic, clarinetists will be inspired to play with a full and warm sound. Other sections are introduced to new notes which operate as leading tones and whole step neighboring tones.

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE is also a part of the Suite, A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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BY LOVE COMPELLED... at the Hour of Shadows - Grade 2+ | Duration: 6:40

BY LOVE COMPELLED... at the Hour of Shadows

Grade 2+ | Duration: 6:40

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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CLASS OF '39 FIGHTSONG! - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 2:07

CLASS OF '39 FIGHTSONG!

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 2:07

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Description:

In the spirit of Sousa, here is a March, or perhaps a Fight Song if taking the optional omissions. It is scored for younger ensembles.

Composed to pay tribute to the West Point Class of 1939, it is a highly-spirited, and characteristic work for young band. Also suited for inclusion in the suite: A WISH to the WORLD!

For greater specificity, please visit the Score and Score Notes.

 

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CONCERTO for VIOLIN - Grade 5 w/Grade 6 (professional) Violin | Duration: 28:48

CONCERTO for VIOLIN

Grade 5 w/Grade 6 (professional) Violin | Duration: 28:48

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Description

This piece, in a newly "composed" transcription, is on the STORMWORKS... Chapter FIVE-8 CD, as recorded by Ms. Reiko Suzuki and the Japan Air Self Defense Force Band.

Godspeed!

 

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COURAGE... AT THE WALL OF FIRE! - Duration: 7:14 | Grade 2+

COURAGE... AT THE WALL OF FIRE!

Duration: 7:14 | Grade 2+

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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CRUZIN...for there is much to dare... - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:11

CRUZIN...for there is much to dare...

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:11

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The Score notes tell it all.  There is no recording yet.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

 

Enjoy & Godspeed!  S

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CUBA - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 13:42

CUBA

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 13:42

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"Dear Steve, The emotions that CUBA brought to my heart are impossible to explain.
It was like seeing myself there with all the natural beauty
surrounding me, the ocean, the sun, the palm trees...
The beautiful people...friends...family...
Childhood dreams shattered by the tyrant.
I remember fear, sadness, tears, anger, and then goodbyes.
It was the little girl standing at the beach, at the sand kneeling down for the last time and saying goodbye...
It was the plane rushing on the runway taking me out of my land, away from my people.
It was the sadness of not knowing if I was going to see that land again.
It was Hatred, despair, and it was hope...
Too many emotions that at that time I could not understand.
Today. While listening to your Music...all those feelings came back.
I was able to touch them, I was able to feel them...
How on EARTH did you do that???
How on Earth were you able to identify those feelings and put them into Music...You don't even really know me!
I told Wally that I wasn't going to be able to write now...because I felt like I was just back in November of 1970...I was having the same feelings. I was able to touch those feelings.
My love for Cuba has never diminished.
Cuba is in my heart and your Music has given it a new meaning.
Thank you. I know my father would have loved hearing it...but I know that from Heaven, he blessed you too.
Thank you on behalf of my fellow Cubans.
And of behalf of all those who suffer oppression and strive for Freedom.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" Amelia Avellaneda

 

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DAVID - Grade: 5-6 with Soprano | Duration: 15:33

DAVID

Grade: 5-6 with Soprano | Duration: 15:33

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Stephen's 800th, 4-movement work, DAVID... has many layers of meaning. True for all of the "storm" works, these layers have been extended to include the use of many new and fresh colours. DAVID is a dramatic work, calling for a boy-soprano or soprano-actress who can depict David, the boy before battle! DAVID is a work about Faith Triumphant!

David's faith brings down the insurmountable Goliath. The work is dedicated to Faith and Hope despite the untimely passings of friends and family.

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Descent into Heaven - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:00

Descent into Heaven

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:00

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Another Musical Haiku to explore the depths of Sonority. Please see score notes.

 

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Despite All Else (Part 1 of Here We Stand) - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 10:33

Despite All Else (Part 1 of Here We Stand)

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 10:33

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The STORMWORKS Chapter 21 CD Set: WON WAY was recorded by SBO-Ried in Austria. This same ensemble premiered LAST WORLD STANDING in The Brucknerhaus to an 18-minute standing ovation! 21 WON WAY is inspired by Roberto Clemente who said, "If you have the chance to do something good for someone and you don't, you are wasting your time in this world." To that purpose, to that simple Ideal... this Music is dedicated.

 

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Duetto per Tuba - Grade: 6 for 2 Tubas | Duration: 5:00

Duetto per Tuba

Grade: 6 for 2 Tubas | Duration: 5:00

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A work for 2 exciting and skilled Tuba players. Please see the Score Notes.

"To my dear friend Stephen: Thank you for really "getting it." Few people could have done with this piece what you did. You are a master craftsman who really understands that no instrument is limited in its abilities, because instruments don't have any ability. Musicians have ability and musicians are human beings with endless potential. I can't thank you enough for adding your mastery, skill, talents and your understanding soul, to this project. I believe that your efforts have yielded a masterpiece in the literature for the tuba. Besides being the best tuba duet I've ever heard, Duetto per Tuba is just so much fun to play. I had a great time playing it and the audience loved it. Win-Win." Professor Michael Salzman, Hofstra University

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ERICH! - Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

ERICH!

Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

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Potent, Straussian, Korngoldian orchestration,.. constantly changing colours and rhythmic drive take us through this swashbuckling tribute to Composer, ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD!

The highly energized music is derived from the first 5 notes of the major scale. In addition to its programmatic power, ERICH is a wonderful teaching tool. The 2nd Movement, THE GIFT OF LOVE, is a romantic ballad, warm and giving.

There is also a Brass Quartet Version, and a Low Brass Choir Version.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, born in Brynn, Austria (now Brno, Czechoslovakia), on May 29, 1897, has been called the last of the great Romantic composers. The son of eminent Austrian music critic Julius Korngold, he was a child prodigy who stunned the Viennese music world with his precocity as a composer.

At the age of ten, he played his "Gold" cantata for Gustav Mahler, who proclaimed him a genius and sent him to one of Austria's foremost teachers for advanced training. In 1910 the premiere of his ballet "Der Schneemann" -- which he had composed two years earlier -- created a sensation at the Vienna Court Opera.

The teenaged Korngold followed this with a Piano Trio and a Piano Sonata in E that Artur Schnabel championed. Other admirers included Puccini, who praised Korngold's 1916 opera VIOLANTA, and Richard Strauss, who described his reactions to Korngold's adolescent compositions as follows: "awe and fear: this firmness of style, this sovereignty of form, this individual expression, this harmonic structure -- it is really amazing."

Korngold composed the work for which he is now best known, the opera DIE TOTE STADT, when he was 20; its dual premiere in Hamburg and Cologne in 1920 secured his reputation throughout Europe. In 1928 a poll conducted by a Vienna newspaper ranked Korngold with Schoenberg as the two greatest living composers. Korngold's friend and collaborator, stage and film director Max Reinhardt, brought him to Hollywood in 1934.

He was ready to return home for the Vienna premiere of his fifth opera, DIE KATHRIN, when Hitler's troops marched into Austria and were greeted by cheering crowds. He remained in the United States, bringing members of his family out of Austria ahead of the wave of Nazi terror. For the next two decades Korngold composed music for films and the concert hall, including a Violin Concerto, introduced by Jascha Heifetz, and a Symphonic Serenade for strings, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwingler. Two of his film scores, for ANTHONY ADVERSE (1936) and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), won Academy Awards. He passed on in Hollywood on November 29, 1957.

STORMNote: it was in the film ANTHONY ADVERSE, that Stephen Melillo first heard, as a young boy, the STORMChord! "Erich Korngold, far and beyond his history or critical acclaim is a man who I have come to Love and admire... because of his Music! In his outpouring I can hear the valiant stance against the un-Romantic. I hear him take on the mantle of honesty and sincerity and giving. He offered to us, the 'Gift of Love'. This piece, ERICH!... is a small and humble gift back to him. I hope that you and the kids will truly enjoy this "pointer" back to Erich Korngold, the man... and his much needed Music. Godspeed!"

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ESCAPE FROM BA-TAAN! - Score & Parts | Duration: 2:46 | Grade 4

ESCAPE FROM BA-TAAN!

Score & Parts | Duration: 2:46 | Grade 4

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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ESCAPE FROM PLATO'S CAVE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 16:21

ESCAPE FROM PLATO'S CAVE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 16:21

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Description

In Plato's allegory, THE CAVE, Man is deprived of knowing the Truth, but in this story, we are given the chance to escape the darkness and move with hopeful purpose into the Light! Spine-chilling drama guides us to the Glorious conclusion!

Many interesting and contrasting musical concepts from tuning, phrasing, exploration of rhythmic intensity and vast dynamic changes present themselves for a great learning experience. The piece is deceivingly accessible, while at the same Time demanding a high level of Musical expression and giving.

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Eternal Father, Strong to Save - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

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Description

 

Composed as part of a special Tribute to the Survivors of the USS INDIANAPOLIS, Eternal Father, Strong to Save work was scored for "World Ensemble" after a request made by Anthony Maiello on his SYNC birthday of 31 July.

 

What is meant by "World Ensemble?"

 

This work allows for Music-making in many varied combinations and possibilities.
Chorus
String Orchestra
American & European Band
Symphony Orchestra
Chorus & Band
Chorus & Orchestra
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
etc., and...Any Combination of forces at your disposal, or brought together for special concert events. You are as much part of the Orchestration as I am. During rehearsals, you can decide what Soloists will be featured, which sections or sub-ensembles to highlight. Much is possible! Enjoy & Godspeed! S

 

Any Combination of forces at your disposal, or brought together for special concert events. You are as much part of the Orchestration as I am. During rehearsals, you can decide what Soloists will be featured, which sections or sub-ensembles to highlight. Much is possible! Enjoy & Godspeed! SPlease visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHT! - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT!

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

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Description

As a Conductor programming the Winter Concert, or any concert in which you wish to explore the vocabulary of the Middle East, you will want to know about FESTIVAL of LIGHT! Indeed a Storm Story, the work is a musical retelling of Chanukah, complete with Syrian invasion, Macabeen defense, the Shofar's call to battle and the final victory of the Eternal Light that burned for eight days. The piece is characteristically scored for the oboe, English horn and woodwinds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new colours, rhythmic ideas and 'exotic' harmonies.

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FINEST HOUR - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

FINEST HOUR

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

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Description

A new member of the Churchill Center, I received a mailing just yesterday... (22 February). The letter indicated that the United States Navy was soon to commission the first non-U.S. citizen guided missile destroyer DDG 81 in the name of Sir Winston S. Churchill! His photograph by Yousuf Karsh hangs over my desk. A single glance had me instantly calling Commander Keller to find out if the Atlantic Fleet Band was playing for the celebration. Indeed they would be... and joined by the forces of the British Royal Marine Band.

So, with precious little Time, this piece, joined thematically to the A WISH to the WORLD suite was fittingly crafted.

"Never, Never, Never... Never give in." So strong was his courage and faith in a new day, that Winston Churchill requested first TAPS... and then REVEILLE at his memorial service in January of 1965. His favorite hymn, Who Would True Valour See opened the tribute.

William Shakespeare in Henry V, summed just part of the essence of Winston S. Churchill in his St. Crispen's Day Speech. For this reason, Winston's Theme is connected to the American Knights. Indeed his mother was an American, and Winston embodied the very alliance that helped to defeat the forces of Tyranny. When you think of truly great Leaders, it is not possible to forget the tremendous gifts of this most influential master statesman.

This piece, connected to Once More Unto the Breach, a theme which embodies Winston S. Churchill, is dedicated to those of us who look to the forever stalwart, past and present. In them, we find the courage to face the insurmountable again and again and again...


Commander Franken's Letter 2 APR 2001

 

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FLIGHT OF THE TRUEFIRE RAIDERS! - Grade 3 | Duration: 4:00

FLIGHT OF THE TRUEFIRE RAIDERS!

Grade 3 | Duration: 4:00

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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for I have fought the Good fight... - Grade: 5 | Duration: 8:33

for I have fought the Good fight...

Grade: 5 | Duration: 8:33

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Description

 

This piece is very much a "storm" work in that it provides a Musical depiction of the Hero who stands strong for the duration of a Lifetime in this world... able to look in the mirror of eternity and at the end, say... "no matter what the measure, all is okay... for I have fought the Good fight."

 

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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FOR the LOVE of JOHANN - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

FOR the LOVE of JOHANN

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:33

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Testimonials

"Thanks so much for sending this original marvelous recreation of the Bach piece. The sonorous theme in the background makes me think of a combination of Dvorak's New World and Bach. I am sending this to some of the music members I know will enjoy listening to this Piece from Stephen Melillo. I'm sure if Bach were listening to this he would be extremely pleased. I will keep this wonderful creation in my archives." Salvatore Barbaro, Jr. PhD

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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FORBIDDEN FORTRESS! - Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

FORBIDDEN FORTRESS!

Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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Forever Strong - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 3:17

Forever Strong

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 3:17

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The words from Peter Kleine Schaars, Conductor of The Marine band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, sum it best.

 

"In our little country, there is a big knowing that many men and women once fought for our freedom! Even after 70 years and 3 generations later the veterans are in our hearts with lots of respect. So when the composer Stephen Melillo asked our Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy to make a recording of the composition "Forever Strong, a Salute to the USS Indianapolis," and dedicated to the veterans of the USS Indianapolis I didn't have to think long about that question. The answer was... of course! It will be a privilege to honor these men and their families! On the last Saturday of June, we annually honor our veterans by a concert in the Parliament House and with a big parade in our government city, The Hague. We honor you with this recording and thank all of you veterans for the great efforts and sacrifices you have made to give us back our freedom! God bless you all."

 

Major Peter Kleine Schaars, Music Director of the MBRNN

 

11 September:

What better date to compress the many emotions attributed to the Ordeal, the Sacrifice, the Courage, the massive Heroism, the Hope-filled Future. These are the many layers, and more in this 3:17 Salute to the USS INDIANAPOLIS. We do not pay tribute to "instruments of war," but rather to the undying will to persevere, to endure for the sake of othersÖ to emerge from the Depths of Darkness and Despair and become a shining Light for others, many of whom have yet to be born. You see? a "Storm" work! Godspeed!

 

Be sure to check out my arrangement of ETERNAL FATHER, also written for the occasion of the 70th Reunion.

 

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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FOREVER STRONG, a Tribute to the USS Indianapolis
(33:17 Audio mp3 and film link)

by © Stephen Melillo IGNA 30 July 1945-2015.



After your purchase of the 33:17 track for just $4.95, you will be emailed links to the mp3 and an iPhone-compatible m4v "Visually Scored" Documentary Film with accompanying PDFs at DigitalLibretti. Just scroll down until you see all of the accompanying FOREVER STRONG PDFs.

 

Watch and listen to an introduction made by Raymond Jones on WHRO, 7 December 2014 for the Radio premiere of the AUDIO version of FOREVER STRONG.



 

“Sometimes, our greatest victory emerges from the battle we never wanted to fight.” (from piece #844 written back in 1997)



 

 In the 70th anniversary of the USS Indianapolis Story, piece #1103 in 33:17 by © STEPHEN MELILLO IGNA 30 July 1945-2015 was composed.

The 33:17 Musical Work (because there were 317 Survivors) is rendered and conducted by the following 216 Musicians, and with great thanks:


70 Musicians of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Peter Kleine Schaars, Conductor

54 Musicians of the Dutch Royal Military Band
Stephen Melillo, Conductor

62 Musicians of the Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig
Stephen Melillo, Conductor

26 Singers of the The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir, Ruth Weber, Conductor


Adelmo Guidarelli, who sings an original arrangement of “Eternal Father.”



Recorded by Lex van Diepen, Chorus by Dan Abernathy



“To the families of those Lost at Sea, to the Survivors of the USS Indianapolis CA-35 , to their families, friends and all who support them, and to those currently serving in the Defense of Freedom… The USS Indianapolis and 880 of her crew never did physically return to the Golden Gate... the one here that is. In Heaven and in our Hearts, the ship and her crew will always be coming home to loving, waiting arms.  With that Message and in that Purpose, this work is lovingly offered.” Godspeed!  Stephen Melillo


Rupam Sarmah, Composer & Producer

“Steve, your brilliant musical composition crafted around the heart wrenching story of the USS Indianapolis far exceeds any awards. Your creative work is a gift to this world. It takes us through a journey of emotions and love in our hearts that will remain forever strong for the lost families, friends, supporters and survivors who dedicated their lives for our country. This is a masterpiece beyond measures!”



 
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When asked to record for the Survivors of the USS INDIANAPOLIS


"In our little country there is a big knowing that many men and women once fought for our freedom! Even after 70 years and 3 generations later the veterans are in our hearts with lots of respect. So when the composer Stephen Melillo asked our Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy to make a recording of the composition "Forever Strong, a Salute to the USS Indianapolis," and dedicated to the veterans of the USS Indianapolis I didn't have to think long about that question. The answer was... of course! It will be a privilege to honor these men and their families! On the last Saturday of June we annually honor our veterans by a concert in the Parliament House and with a big parade in our government city, The Hague. We honor you with this recording and thank all of you veterans for the great efforts and sacrifices you have made to give us back our freedom! God bless you all. Major Peter Kleine Schaars, Music Director of the MBRNN"

 

 

From Survivor Edgar Harrell, aboard the Indy on 30 July 1945


"Good Evening My Friend Stephen; I had a chance to hear "Forever Strong," waiting for my wife Ola to get some time to hear and watch again with me. Her first comments were, "Fantastic, yes super special. I could identify the story from the variations of the music. The music tells the seriousness of the Indy disaster."

Great Music to remember the greatest tragedy at sea in the history of the US Navy, about a great ship, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

National Geographic is doing an extensive or 4-1/2 hour special interview with me concerning my story and book "Out of the Depths." Needless to say that I was already much into the Indy tragedy plus my own personal trauma of my experience when I began to hear the music on "Forever Strong." Hearing the music and watching, brought out much reflection and recollection of those 4-1/2 days of terror.  National Geographic is determined to locate the Indy. If and when they do locate the Indianapolis, then some six of we Survivors will be flown to Guam and from there delivered to the Indy burial site. A special Memorial service of Honor will be given in dedication, My son and I have been asked to join.

"Forever Strong" would be great to hear at the memorial site. Stephen, we wish you a sense of honor as you help us in our dismal reflections of yester-year.

God Bless, Semper Fi," Edgar Harrell - USMC, Survivor USS Indianapolis


Accolades


AEONE, Artiste & Composer

“I don't even know where to begin as this is such a magnificent piece of music on so many levels and for so many reasons. Your writing was epic, dramatic, moving, loving, holy and incredibly beautiful with an underlying majestic quality and in spite of the horrors that were part of this story - left me with a sense of something noble in my heart. It was the nobleness of all these men who were lost, those who survived, those who saved them and indeed, for the great ship itself.  I loved your score and the instrumentation and how it was tremendously dynamic and hit so perfectly with the picture early on with the war scenes and the shifting as the ship went down and the waiting - the choices of instruments and use of sound, how you used the other-worldly synths and sound design in with the score - plus simple use of voices/choir. I also appreciated how it never went over the top with pomp and ceremony or emotion but, was steady and true and just beautifully and musically written. By the time it got to the very simply sung but, moving rendition of "For Those in Peril on the Sea" I literally sat with tears pouring down my face and simply could not stop.  This is glorious music played from the heart and written from a place of such deep spirit. Thank you so much Stephen - your music and your gift is great and indeed the gift of it, is beyond measure.”

Sarah Partridge, Vocalist & Composer

“I am listening to FOREVER STRONG right now and am moved to tears. The music is so powerful... meaningful, full of passion. Beautifully orchestrated. The mixture of the orchestra, voice, and narration fit perfectly and seamlessly. An incredible story told through music… and rightly so. This SHOULD absolutely be an album of the year!”



Jeff Silverman, Composer, Music Editor & Producer

“OMG! I'm listening to your incredible music score and after reading what is such a heart wrenching story and admirable tribute, I am spellbound and AM SO moved. SO visual. Great to have some spoken word / story to go with it but the music REALLY stands on it's own.  I love the use of the classical elements with sound design. VERY effective in the very ominous parts. Your ability to capture such a high level of energy and power, drama and suspense with the music is stellar! And the moods... You've created a plethora of emotions that are clearly defined, felt and heard.  I have much more to say but had to reach out and say how impressed I am with your work and all involved and I will be certainly be supporting you!!! Warmest,"


Ginny Carr, Composer, Arranger, Vocalist

"WOW! I have just listened to "Forever Strong," and I am spellbound. You are a composer's composer, and that work is nothing short of magnificent. It reached me on so many levels. As a composer/arranger myself and someone who writes for combined vocal-instrumental ensembles, I am in awe of the musicianship behind every aspect of it, from genesis to composition to execution. Thrilling and hauntingly beautiful."



Peter Spero, Composer & Producer

“Steve, just freaking incredible.  Sooooo moving and an event that needed to be expressed in this way.  I say this because so many important moments in our lives as a nation, and in history, are expressed in full length films, which are great too but not always consumable for everyone, and 5 second remembrances on network news.  Your vision of remembering this event was simply amazing, very much like a painting for me, each brush stoke contributing to a masterpiece.  The careful use of FX was nicely done brother, right moment, right passage, really really great work. I gotta say, after I finished listening and watching your film version, I was emotionally drained by the story, the drama, the reality, and the way you guided us through the events, and exhilarated by the shear raw emotional edge, using the entire emotional spectrum.  When the struggling warriors who survived were finally rescued, small tear man, gotta admit it.  The music was just astounding all around but my favorite moments were 12:26 SOS sound, into 12:39 haunting strings, 12:46 haunting vocal choice which faded into wind.  14:24 when the words of Paul J Murphy were read, sooooo freaking moving!!!  Starting at 20:36 when the discovery and the rescue sequence started, this was an incredible sequence that brought me out of the intense worry and concern emotions into the light of elation and thrilling relief that at least some were found and rescued.  Well, I’m emotionally drained right now so thank you so much for your artistry and you creation, incredible work man!!!”


Madi Das, Composer & Producer

"I have been moved and inspired by this beautiful piece of music from Stephen Melillo. Both an important historical tribute and an amazing achievement in international collaboration, the work is expansive and intimate, emotional and powerful, and ultimately a befitting memorial to the brave Souls of the USS Indianapolis."




Related works:

Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE
THAT WE MIGHT LIVE (excerpt at Vimeo)
THAT WE MIGHT LIVE at CreateSpace
LAST WORLD STANDING from Chapter 13

Thanks so much for listening, for considering and of course for your much appreciated Time!  Godspeed!  Steve


FOREVER STRONG (The Printed Music)

© STEPHEN MELILLO IGNA 30 JULY 2015

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FOREVER STRONG,a Tribute to the USS Indianapolis -

FOREVER STRONG,a Tribute to the USS Indianapolis

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The USS Indianapolis and 880 of her crew never did physically return to the Golden Gate... the earthly one that is. In Heaven and in our Hearts, the ship and her crew will always be coming home to loving, waiting arms. With that Message and in that Purpose, this work is lovingly offered.

Thank You… and Godspeed!  Stephen Melillo

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FOUR MUSICAL HAIKUS for HORN! - For Accomplished Horn & Tape | Duration: 14:33

FOUR MUSICAL HAIKUS for HORN!

For Accomplished Horn & Tape | Duration: 14:33

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Description

This quaternion comes with French Horn Score and 14:33 orchestral CD accompaniment. The four movements or Haikus are: ONE MAN, NEVER FORGOTTEN, TOUCH & THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. Each piece may be rendered as a separate entity, and many combinations allow for versatility in delivery. Fine Hornists will appreciate this work and give it a special place in their library.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
 

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Francis - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:00

Francis

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:00

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A Tribute to Dr. Franics McBeth. Please see the score notes. (My friends, Dr. McBeth did indeed get to see this score and hear a recording played by SBO-Reid just 2 days before he left us. The work was commissioned by the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association, and completed the commissioning for the Chapter 21 CD, a tribute to many great Souls.)

Typical of people like Dr. McBeth, accomplished and compassionate, he was/is generous with others.

"Your music is like a breath of fresh air! I got home last night and listened to all of your CD - WOW - It is most impressive! I surely do like your work. I think you are the brightest young talent on the scene. Those are just knockout works! Hope you got home in good shape and try to take a nap."
W. Francis McBeth

"After listening to the new Chapter 13 CD, I must say that Stephen Melillo's music keeps getting better, and it was and is always excellent. The majority of band music published each year is not really composition. It is original arranging and most of it is in a 19th-century style. Stephen Melillo's music has always been in an innovative and contemporary style, which makes it true composition. I highly recommend his music to you. You will find it to be very powerful work."
W. Francis McBeth

Well, Dr. McBeth... this Music is for you. Love & Godspeed! Steve

 

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FURUSATO... Heimat... Home - Grade 4+ | Duration: 8:48

FURUSATO... Heimat... Home

Grade 4+ | Duration: 8:48

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Originally composed by Teiichi Okano (1878-1941), this arrangement of FURUSATO (My Homeland) expresses the common longing for Home. That it comes after Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE and the Japanese rendering of God Bless America is a lasting, lingering statement of Brotherhood. As we recorded this work, which until that moment was always played as a childrenís song, I saw tears in the eyes of the Musicians. What better purpose for Music than to reveal to someone the Beauty of their own Heart...
 

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GARRISON at GOLIAD -

GARRISON at GOLIAD

"Young" Band, Grade 3 | Duration: 7:00

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Please see the actual PDF score itself for Technical & Musical notes about this very different work for "Young" student musicians with optional pre-recorded material that will create a dramatic presence at the concert.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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GIVING - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

GIVING

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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Taking the three notes chosen by Dr. Joe Scagnoli, the subject of Giving's Commission, the work sets out to describe a great phenomenon of Music... that of Giving. For me, this piece is what it feels like... to Give. The piece is richly scored for the double reeds and low reeds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new drama and colour.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA - Grade 4+ with Chorus | Duration: 6:17

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Grade 4+ with Chorus | Duration: 6:17

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You will only be able to get a Perusal Score from me unless I have copies of the German Publication on hand. Please call to check.

It begins in quiet, with innocence, then tells the story of longing for home as never before... GOD BLESS AMERICA may well be played alone, but as you will see on the Chapter 5:8 CD and see "literally" on the THAT WE MIGHT LIVE DVD, is a most historic and history-making conclusion to Kakehashi: That We Might Live.

Friends... This much beloved version of GOD BLESS AMERICA, as indeed you will see in the testimonials of VETERANS and Conductors below, is neverthless NOT available in The United States of America. Despite the fact that there are over 100 arrangements which have been granted permission, this one has not. The reasons are left to your imagination.

For those of you who appreciate irony, it is available via Thomas Rundel in Germany.

Forty-five minutes before getting on a plane to France, where GOD BLESS AMERICA would be played on OMAHA BEACH, Thomas was able to secure an international permission and license. As I left for OMAHA BEACH, Thomas sent the following email.

"Viel Erfolg in OMAHA BEACH". (Good luck on Omaha Beach.)

Now, see IN EINEM ANDEREN LICHT and view that in a new light as well.

I DO have hard copies of the German-published traditional music sets. This work is NOT available in PDF, but it is possible to order the German edition from STORMWORKS USA.

 

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GODSPEED! - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 5:58

GODSPEED!

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 5:58

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Description

For those of you familiar with WITHOUT WARNING, the opening of the STORMWORKS... Chapter One CD, GODSPEED! may be thought of as the triumphal counterpart!

It is the optionally written 3rd Movement to the piece: HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT.

For so many years I have signed my letters in this way. Now, "Godspeed" has Music! It is a salutation of greetings and goodbye. Welcome to STORMWORKS... my friends... and Godspeed!

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

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HAJJ - Grade 6 | Duration: 8:40

HAJJ

Grade 6 | Duration: 8:40

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Description:

This work is offered as a tribute to the faithful who each year make the HAJJ, a pilgrimage to Mecca... and to all those who make each day a new step in Life's journey.

HAJJ is about the moment before the real Prayer begins. It is fraught with intrigue, and sidetracked adventure, moments of introspection and exuberant dance! Many contrasting sections offer the ensemble its opportunity to explore superimposed styles and varied colours. The work may also be rendered as a combined work for Band of the 3rd Millennium™ and Jazz Ensemble. The intent of this work suggests something more global, more akin to all of our Natures. We are, it seems, always involved in a going forth. Like a pilgrim, the voyage begins with full knowledge of what to expect. And then, just like a pilgrim, when the moment of Truth arrives... it is always so much more than what was hoped for. To this journey, this quest, this pilgrimage, I leave you this piece... HAJJ.

The addition of HAJJ to the repertoire is made possible by the joint effort and commitment of many dedicated individuals. My many thanks to these champions of Music and Music Education.

 

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HEART of the EXPLORER -

HEART of the EXPLORER

"Young" Band, Grade 2-3 | Duration: 4:30

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Description

Please see the actual PDF score itself for Technical & Musical notes about this very different work for "Young" student musicians.

 

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

 

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

 

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HEART OF THE HERO - Grade: 3 w/Grade 4-5 Piano Solo | Duration: 4:00

HEART OF THE HERO

Grade: 3 w/Grade 4-5 Piano Solo | Duration: 4:00

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Description

A Concertino in F for Piano and Band. Across the suite A Wish to the World, we have paid tribute to unsung heroes, described situations a hero must face and told a story about the not-too-distant past... and future. In Heart of the Hero, we discover that quiet and relentless song, that quality which is forever held in the Heart of such an individual. Innocent, perhaps humorous, the Hero faces adversity often... but in the hero's heart, a courageous theme plays without bounds. The hero prevails.

This work was composed for that situation where you have a fine pianist who might not otherwise have the chance to shine and be brought to the forefront of your Music program.

The many concepts provided within this work can be investigated in the Score Notes.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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Here We Stand (Part 1 is Despite All Else) - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 6:00

Here We Stand (Part 1 is Despite All Else)

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 6:00

 

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Description

Unique possibilities and many uses! Please see the score notes and enjoy!

"The newest STORMWORKS Chapter 21 CD Set: WON WAY was recorded by SBO-Ried in Austria. This same ensemble premiered  LAST WORLD STANDING in The Brucknerhaus to an 18-minute standing ovation! 21 WON WAY... inspired by Roberto Clemente who said, "If you have the chance to do something good for someone and you don't, you are wasting your time in this world." To that purpose, to that simple Ideal... this Music is dedicated. Please order the CD Set in advance and help make History! Godspeed! S

 

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HIM - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

HIM

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

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Description

Written as a "warm-up" for Band, this Musical Haiku #19 blends all colours in the ensemble. It is similar in concept to the Three Musical Haikus for Band or perhaps the Function Chorales, but in a more expansive and emotional way. Where words fail, a perusal of the score will reveal the true nature of the piece. Enjoy!


 

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HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

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Description:

Movement 2 of this work is on the STORMJOURNEYS CD. It's first movement, Without Warning opens the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

Fasten your seatbelts! WITHOUT WARNING is fast, features everyone, and delivers maximum impact! Requires either Synth or Acoustic Jazz Bass. WITHOUT WARNING is the First Movement of a larger work entitled, HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT which has the potential of becoming a 12 minute, 3-movement work if utilizing the optional closing statement of GODSPEED!

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT is a large scale, filmic and musical portrayal of the United States Navy's Action and Adventure on the High Seas. The piece requires strong brass and percussion players and woodwind players with advanced technique.

This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD. and the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

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HYMN to the MARINES - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:52

HYMN to the MARINES

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:52

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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I was walking innocently... and THEN! - Grade: 2-3 | Duration: 4:00

I was walking innocently... and THEN!

Grade: 2-3 | Duration: 4:00

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Description

Please visit the score notes and enjoy this work for young band adventurers!

 

This recording did not make the CDs sent to CDBaby, though it is on the DigiMusiCard.  Here is a MIDI demo:

 

 

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ICONOCLAST: The 4th SIGN - Grade: 6 | Duration: 13:33

ICONOCLAST: The 4th SIGN

Grade: 6 | Duration: 13:33

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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IF ... Musical Haiku #27 - Grade: 5 | Duration: 3:00

IF ... Musical Haiku #27

Grade: 5 | Duration: 3:00

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

 

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IN A CAUSE CALLED

IN A CAUSE CALLED "GLORIOUS"

Grade 6 | Duration: 5:20

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Description

In a Cause Called "Glorious" was composed in commemoration of the Bicentennial of West Point.

The United States Military Academy Band, the U.S. Army's oldest active band and the oldest unit at West Point traces its roots to the Revolutionary War... a Time when a once ragtag "band" of gallant patriots joined defiant and brave In a Cause Called "Glorious".

With exuberant exhilaration they set forth on the great American Adventure! From that moment on, many souls have trained to defend that first and noble principle. This work is humbly dedicated to the men and women, past and future, alive and sacrificed who gave and continue to give of themselves in the defense of Freedom. They are the modern-day Knights, a long gray line of Heroes serving in a perpetual cause called... "Glorious".

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IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:55

IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:55

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Description

(This work was indirectly nominated for Pulitzer!)

IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Captain Douglas Monroe, Commander & Conductor, In Tribute to the Efforts and Vision of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell.

General William Billy Mitchell (1879-1936) was the renowned pioneer of US air power and generally regarded as one of the most farsighted military leaders of his age. As Prometheus was burned at the stake for bringing the world fire, so was Billy court-martialed for his prophecy that Japan might cripple the US Navy at Pearl Harbor using air power. His was a voice in the wilderness, a man ahead of his Time. He was a forward thinking risk-taker whose reputation was not restored until after his passing.

In a Service Beyond Self is humbly dedicated to the Efforts and Vision of General Billy Mitchell and to all those who, like him, serve ideals which are beyond themselves.

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In Einem Anderen Licht - Grade: 4+ | Duration: 4:33

In Einem Anderen Licht

Grade: 4+ | Duration: 4:33

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

 

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

 

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

"I love this piece and so do the kids. We are going to have a fantastic concert. Your materials are helping this ensemble mature at an incredible rate, and they are EATING IT UP!!! MANY THANKS!!!" Lou Vitello, Clarence HS, NY

 

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IN THE BEGINNING... (aka A WALK IN JURASSIC PARK) - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 13:06

IN THE BEGINNING... (aka A WALK IN JURASSIC PARK)

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 13:06

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Description

Previously known as A WALK IN JURASSIC PARK, and still workable under that title, this piece represents the struggle between the intellectual and the visceral, the modern and the eternal, the cerebral and the explosively romantic. It calls for a large percussion section and explores many new colours while delivering a multilayered message. The work traces the Origin of the Species... and the potential for Man's ability to 'pass the paradigm'. Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information. This piece is from the STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD.

 

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In the Darkest Darkness - Duration: 5:33| Grade 4

In the Darkest Darkness

Duration: 5:33| Grade 4

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Please look for "In the Darkest Darkness" in STORMFILMS.  Enjoy & Godspeed!  S

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It Came from Outer Space! - Grade 1-2 | Duration: 3:03

It Came from Outer Space!

Grade 1-2 | Duration: 3:03

 

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Description

 

A unique opportunity to get your beginning band "way out!"

 

Check out those score notes! Recording coming soon!  Godspeed! S

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J I D A I - Grade 5-6 | Duration: 15:00

J I D A I

Grade 5-6 | Duration: 15:00

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Description

J I D A I

To the Heroes of Always and Forever... #926 in 13:33 for Band of the 3rd Millennium by © Stephen Melillo IGNA 11 September 2004 2nd & 3rd Millennium

Representing Germany, J I D A I is inspired by Maurice Hamers, Conductor and Lothar Uth, Tubist and Teacher at The University of Augsburg/Nurnberg in Germany. He has taught me what Heimat really means.

Representing Japan, J I D A I is inspired by and dedicated to Ichiro Asuke, his son Kotaro and the Musicians of the Meijo Gakuin High School Queenstar in Japan and in the spirit of MUSASHI is also dedicated once again to the People of Japan and to all those who embrace the need for Heroism, understand its eternal call and live each day in the pursuit of all that lifts and binds us. It is also offered as a gift to the Musicians of the Japan Air Self Defense Force Central Band, Conducted by LTC Yoshikatsu Takagi.

Representing America, J I D A I is commissioned by Stephen Panoff & The Tallwood High School Band, in keeping with their 10-year tradition of honoring heroes. In particular, we offer this work as a continuing gesture of love and appreciation to all those around the world fighting in defense of Freedom, now and always.

Representing Austria and Europe, J I D A I is commissioned by The Sinfonisches Blasorchester Ried, Austria Karl Geroldinger, Conductor in Dedication to the Innominate Real Heroes of Daily Life

Representing Israel, J I D A I is commissioned by The Akko Municipality Music Conservatory Shmuel Kahana, Director & Conductor in Dedication to a Future of Brotherhood

J I D A I is also lovingly dedicated to the memory of Jerry Goldsmith who passed away on 21 July 2004. He has inspired me all of my Life, and from Heaven... he always will.

 

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JEFFERSON'S VISION - Grade 1-2 | Duration: 2:33

JEFFERSON'S VISION

Grade 1-2 | Duration: 2:33

 Free...

Those Who Serve Free Score

Those Who Serve Free Parts

STAR! Free Score

STAR! Free Parts

STAR! Free STRING Parts

Jefferson's Vision Free Score

Jefferson's Vision Free Score

 

Description

JEFFERSON'S VISION will be given to as many conductors who will download and print the Music. Other free downloads include THOSE WHO SERVE and STAR!

This Americana Theme for Young Band employs interesting harmonies and simple rhythmic impetus to help ensembles develop a good sense of blending, intonation, and warmth of sound. It's scored to give your young group a full sound while providing each of the sections its own opportunity to contribute to the overall message. Phrase markings clearly illustrate the flow of air as the piece develops.

JEFFERSON'S VISION is free with A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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JOURNEY THROUGH SHADOWOOD - Score & Parts | Duration: 4:08 | Grade 2

JOURNEY THROUGH SHADOWOOD

Score & Parts | Duration: 4:08 | Grade 2

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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Jurassic Blues, Or Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Leave the Park - Grade: 5 for Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) | Duration: 4:33

Jurassic Blues, Or Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Leave the Park

Grade: 5 for Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) | Duration: 4:33

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Description

For those of you who have heard or rendered A WALK IN JURASSIC PARK, (now called In the Beginning), you'll get a kick out of this!

JURASSIC BLUES, Or Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Leave the Park is a Swing version of the concert work! What, you say! Yes, hard driving, swingin' blues using the themes from the concert work. Jurassic Blues is for a good high school or college jazz ensemble.

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JUST THE SAX, MAM! - Beginning Band | Duration: 2:15

JUST THE SAX, MAM!

Beginning Band | Duration: 2:15

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Description:

This rock-oriented piece allows beginning saxophonists to focus upon the GABCD fingering pattern. As usual, all other students are challenged in ways characteristic to their instruments. This is a fun, but nevertheless useful teaching tool for the beginning band.

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KAKEHASHI: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE - Grade 4-5 w/Chorus, Soloists, Multimedia  | Duration: 69:22

KAKEHASHI: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Grade 4-5 w/Chorus, Soloists, Multimedia | Duration: 69:22


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Description

 

KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music has broken the bounds of the band world and has won Two Telly Awards for History/Biography & Music. An Eva Gold Award for Music Documentary. The recorded concert work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music and was also nominated in the 49th Grammy Awards. THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, the DVD "visualized" Concert, was again nominated in the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Long Form Documentary Score.

 

This live-theatrical Grade 4-5 work for band of the 3rd Millennium has been "visually scored" in a process called STORMWORKS VisaREEL, and further develops Music and Picture concepts first developed in LAST WORLD STANDING.

 

From the Japanese Musicians and Military who render this Music:

Remember the Future... for Truth is Timeless. Our bridge to the Future is a place THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, a finally-fulfilled destiny beyond the Past, a new world born of facing our mutual and unfortunate Pasts with Hope, of forgiveness, of Love and Freedom. Such is the Home, then, now and always, that all of us have longed for.

The Japanese concept of "Kakehashi" refers to a bridge of Hope, of Friendship, of our mutual overcoming of the Past.

KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is made complete by a historically accurate, pre-recorded CD of authentic radio & musical clips from World War II, excerpts and lyrics of which are pertinent to events in the Pacific.

In fact, 70 Copyrights were purchased in order to recreate the Past, firstly inspired by the Survivors of the Conflict in the Philippines, and now... in this more Universal telling of the story, the perspective of the Home-longing Japanese and the Innocent Souls lost in the destructive conclusion of World War II, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The connective thread? HOME. At the conclusion, we hear 2 arrangements. God Bless America, the key words of which are "Home Sweet Home", and then Furusato, which means... "My Home".

Furusato, becomes the connective conclusion. Home, Home Sweet Home, Heimat.

To complete the international flavor of this Universal Version, Furusato is brought to us by Thomas Rundel of Germany. And it was in Germany that the first inspiration for a piece about HOME began. This concept of Home is explored in the connected and further concluding piece: JIDAI. It is the idea of Home, of HEIMAT.

This large scale, but accessible work utilizes a large chorus, the extended instrumentation of Band of the 3rd Millennium as described in the "storm" works, theatrical reenactments, comparable to David and Ahab!, and a disk of prerecorded Radio Broadcasts, songs, morse code clips and more from the period. This prerecorded CD will "accompany" the ensemble in the same manner as was premiered and demonstrated in The Universe Below.

This new and evolved work, KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is inspired by the Leadership and Vision of The Japan Air Self Defense Force Band who recorded this work for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set: WRITINGS on the WALL.

Here now, to better sum the special Gift of the Japanese, please enjoy my opening comments for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set:

"Remember the Future for Truth is Timeless . . ."
A Personal Message from SLM 2004
STORMWORKS Chapter V∞, Writings on the Wall

From Stephen Melillo:


It takes a photon 38 million years to escape the forcible, unforgiving gravity of the sun and blast its way to the surface where eight minutes later it bathes the earth in the Light by which you find yourself reading this libretto.

In the Timestorm of that 38 million years and eight minutes, give or take a few hundred years... a mere and tiny moment of imperceptible dancing on the cosmic stage... the Human drama has seen unthinkable violence, pain, hurt, self-inflicted suffering... emptiness and longing. And with it? Untold Love, Sacrifice, Giving and Heroism.

Without Warning, we are cast into the epic adventure. In the hollow of the heart, sense must be made of the constantly swirling storm, the unraveling of the mysterious. Free will. Choice? Fate? The seemingly endless succession of useless, inevitable, somehow destined to be traversed catastrophes as Man brutalizes his Brother... and then... steps forward to rise above such folly.

In your hands is a recording, the meaning of which escapes the moment of your listening. It leaps across Time... past, future, possible future and present. Rising above our mutual and many sins of the past, the Vision of Brotherhood is not merely written about... but finally, in a way only Human History could have produced... demonstrated.

We are a part of the convergent Moment. History is made.

Though all should be self-evident, allow yourself to contemplate the document in your possession. It is the first Recording to be released outside of Japan by The Central Band of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. With the Good graces of the Japanese government, the JASDF Band offers this document in the 60th year marking the end of World War 2. In the Music, we encounter a historically accurate and by our current view, a tragic and unfortunate Past. As Japanese Musicians render KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music with the Choruses from Old Dominion and Shenandoah Universities, one cannot help but see an unchained intersection of time and culture-crunching dimensions. Have we done it? Have we laid strong the path by which Man exercises His greatest gift... the ability to short-circuit the needless predetermined march into more suffering? Has a new blueprint been established where, instead of embracing the False, the fleeting, and Art of the State, we have taken that lofty right-face into the Brotherhood of Man? Have we collapsed evolution into the moment of our combined Will and chosen to live by Love inviolate, an evolved position which must... after all... be our True Destiny?

Answers reside within. The document you hold is now History, a History of the Future. It is made possible by an important reality which can never be taken for granted. The Heroism that is "talked about", and written about and urged for and hoped for rises far above all former cliches. Music as a "universal language" is exposed for the many times it was mere hyperbole and its sentiment inappropriately invoked. The Heroes portrayed in this Recording, immortalized once again in the Living thing we call Music, are represented, indeed demonstrated by the Japanese Musicians who render it. They have become, in their transcendent DOING, the role models of a new generation of Heroes. A new JIDAI. It is impossible to thank them enough... for only THEY, at THIS Time, in THIS circumstance with our combined Histories, could have heroically donned the mantle of message bearer.

And their message is profound indeed.

In the spirit of eternal Brotherhood, ALL of us are honoured and humbled to be a small part of this Triumph! Through Time and Space, geography and culture, language and History, ALL of us who have made this Music, ALL of us alive and sacrificed who have lived and inspired it, ALL of us who have drudged through our brief moment like a struggling photon in search of Light... join with you in the Now and share with you a message of Forgiveness and Love... of Giving and Sacrifice, of facing the Storm and rising above it.

History is made. May you make it well.

Into the hope-filled Adventure... Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

 

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"Steve, words cannot express the soaring emotions which one experiences when hearing this monumental work. You deserve the Medal of Freedom for this piece of patriotism, especially for your success in having the spirited cooperation of a once-despised and brutal enemy. I salute you, Sir!" -Joseph R. Priestley, LCDR, USN (Ret.) Served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam

 

"Stephen's new CD, Chapter 5:8 "Writings on the Wall" is indeed a historic groundbreaking album and a total artistic triumph. From the moving mega work Kakehashi to the great uplifting rendition of God Bless America this double CD set is packed with masterworks." Aldo Rafael Forte, Composer

 

"Stephen, this is one of the most original and moving pieces of music I have ever experienced (and we have played a lot of your music over the years - all of it amazing). I look forward to talking with you again. Sincerely," Jim DePriest, Mt. Pleasant HS, Iowa

 

"I have now watched The DVD of That We Might Live and just want to say what a truly significant experience it generates for me.  I was moved multiple times throughout but most of all … near the end when you have the pages and pages of names on the screen.  That was alone was a powerful … POWERFUL visual. As an active-duty line officer in our United States Air Force, I want to thank you for such a thoughtful, intensely well researched, and ravishingly honest musical documentary such as this.  Also, thank you for offering it as a tribute to all of our veterans."
DANIEL W. BOOTHE, 1Lt, USAF, Commander/Music Director, USAF Band of Flight 2012

 

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KOLDOON - Grade 4 | Duration: 5:33

KOLDOON

Grade 4 | Duration: 5:33

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Description

Inspired by an email from a Russian Conductor, Koldoon, the Russian word for "Wizard" takes easily recognizable mathematics and creates an interplay based on the Fibonacci related points of 3 and 5 as well as the "W"... and tells a timely tale of modern day sorcery. New-to-our-idiom colours bring the piece through contrasting moods and into an exciting conclusion. Please visit the score. Godspeed!

 

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LAST OUTPOST OF FREEDOM! - Grade 2-3 | Duration: 2:44

LAST OUTPOST OF FREEDOM!

Grade 2-3 | Duration: 2:44

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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LAST WORLD STANDING - Grade: 4+ | Duration: 34:34

LAST WORLD STANDING

Grade: 4+ | Duration: 34:34

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Description

This letter is from Mr. Sam Ring. Sam is one of the many True Heroes that I've had the opportunity to meet since writing Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE and making the Historic 5:8 CDs in Japan. If you've seen the John Dahl film THE GREAT RAID, you'll recall the 6th Army Rangers who rescued POWs at Cabanatuan on 29 January 1945. Sam Ring was one of those Rangers... and in an irony hard to imagine, Sam saved his own FATHER in that Raid. No, it didn't make the movie. Real Life is so often many times grander... and stranger than the movies! I am incredibly honoured to call Sam a Friend. Enjoy and Godspeed! S

"Hey Stephen, Last weekend we had our Sudwind-Project Concert. We performed your "Last World Standing". It's really a serious and great piece. I'm extremely impressed about it. Congratulations!!! Last autumn we performed your "Speech of Angels" with my youth orchestra and in 4 weeks we will play your "Godspeed!" We are really looking forward for this performance! With my "Adult Orchestra" we are planning your David.... You can see, we really love your music, your message!" Tobias Zinser, Germany

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"I have just listened to the new Stephen Melillo, Stormworks Chapter 13: Whispers on the Wind CD. It is without doubt one of the most exciting band works I have ever heard. Stephen Melillo, with his super talent, is in a class by himself and years ahead in this creative world of music. His is definitely on the cutting edge in the future of music." Dr. John M. Long, Distinguished Professor of Music, Dean Emeritus, Troy University "Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his ìLast World Standing.î This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

"I was fortunate enough to be there for the premiere. It was simply stunning. A great work that defies stylistic categorization; a totally "new" concept in performance. It is as revolutionary to the band world as Wagner's music drama concept was to opera!" Aldo Forte, Composer

"The whole thing was beyond description. Just healing and love and grief and regret and joy and gratitude - I could even say your music reflects our human condition with all its imperfections while also encouraging it to the most noble expression of itself. Your music makes one want to stretch in the direction of perfection even as we admit our deepest flaws." Hope Fitzgerald, Audience

"Dear Steve, I hope, You remember Your trip to Austria feeling good. Now I have some days off and time for thinking about what has happened. It was like a miracle: with You there are so many impulses for our efforts playing music ñ or better living music! Thank You very much for these professional tips! But there is even much more than growing competence ñ there is a deeper connection to music from heart ñ and now there is more wisdom for becoming a good man. I have got some deeply impressing feedback to our concert in Brucknerhaus: for example,

a) Now I am going to concerts for 30 years ñ but this concert is on the top of all concerts I have ever heard.
b) Thank You for this concert. Tears are in my eyes and I hope, that everyone hearing this concert is changed now. Thank You for showing us our responsibility for peace and I hope, that the people will think about it.
c) Your concert touched me in my soul ñ it was much more than a concert!" Karl Geroldinger, Conductor Sinfonischen Blasorchester Ried.

"Steve: I want to thank you for making my last concert as a concert band conductor one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It obviously couldn't have happened without you. No other composer's music would have sufficed for me to take all that I was feeling and the kids were feeling, and make it not a performance but a monument. Please know this. I will say it again: No other composer's music would have sufficed. Not just would have been appropriate, or useful, or any other word...the art, the life, you pour into your work was vitally necessary for this to have taken place. You provided us with the vehicle to go where we needed and wanted to go. For that, I will be eternally grateful to you." Jeff Waggoner, one of the commissioners of Last World Standing

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"I just finished my first listening to the Chapter 13 CD and have to say Bravo! It is exciting to hear such a variety of expressive sounds from the wind ensemble. You donít hear this music from the BOX Publishers! Your continued integration of technology and multi-media is tremendous and once again places STORMWORKS ahead of the publishers on truly new expressions of an advancing art form! The expressive nature of your music is TIMELESS and needed now more than ever! As research shows, todayís students are becoming more disengaged from our art form and your music offers a real connection to our students. Finally, the quality of the recording is great! I love the Decca Tree recording style. It truly captures the LIVE sound. Again Bravo on a job well done! Keep leading the way!" David Knott, Instrumental Music Education, Catherine Hall - Milton Hershey School

"When listening to the musical works of Stephen Melillo on the Chapter 13 CD, one can't help but feel like they are reading the diary of the composer and performers. With each new piece there is more revealed ihat lets the listener share in the thoughts, hopes, fears, and dreams of the musicians involved. After reading the digital libretto, this feeling was magnified tremendously. There are many moments on the CD where the emotion and excitement of the performance is truly palpable. Great music has a way of transforming the musician that performs it. I would guess that countless musicians were, and will continue to be, transformed through Stephen's music." Scott Hensil CB South and CB West H.S. Director Of Orchestras, PA.

"This music navigates its way into a person's soul in a most succinct and profound manner. One becomes drenched in the vivid emotional imagery that radiates from this recording. It tugs at your heartstrings and it challenges your conscience. You'll begin a new musical journey in a new dimension, a new time. You will never be the same." -Thomas Reynolds, Music Director, Harvard, MA Public Schools, Conductor MIT Concert Band, Cambridge, MA

"In Einem Anderen Licht is going very well with the members of Concert Ensemble. They are going past the printed page which music is all about. I asked each student to describe your work in one word.

Responses were:

Fierce
Amazing
Powerful
Heroic
Intense
Whirlwind
Exciting
Emotional
Poetic
Awesome

Thanks," Joe Filio, Liverpool HS

 

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Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (arr. by Stephen Melillo) - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 4:33

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (arr. by Stephen Melillo)

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 4:33

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Description

Total fun! Now here's a goal... (a goal outside of playing this at a concert that is, but a fun goal to build technique.) We actually played this arrangement in 1:37!

Ha! See the score notes and enjoy!  This track did not make the CD Set (21 WON WAY).  Here is a MIDI demo rendering of the piece.  Special thanks to Tom Davis for making this demo:

 

 

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LONELY IS THE KNIGHT - Grade 2-3 | Duration: 4:45

LONELY IS THE KNIGHT

Grade 2-3 | Duration: 4:45

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Description

As an accomplished violinist, a teenaged Catherine Geach left the comforts of home to bring Music to the war-torn people of Cambodia. Pitted against the forces of the Khmer Rouge, Catherine acquired a one-acre plot, built a school, then recruited students. She learned Khmer, the language of Cambodia and then the country's musical heritage, the ancient Pin Peat Music. She taught orphaned children how to play the takhe, shaped like a crocodile, the roneat thong, a bamboo xylophone and the large gong vong. It is difficult to appreciate the sacrifice of this Hero, who so unselfishly decided to give herself to the cause of resurrecting another country's musical heritage, while at the same time bringing Hope to war-battered children. In fact, the thought of her "giving" is quieting and humbling. LONELY IS THE KNIGHT is a tribute to Catherine Geach, and perhaps a comment on what it is she must sometimes feel in the dead of night, so far from home.

The many concepts provided within this work can be investigated in the Score Notes.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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Lullaby - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:12

Lullaby

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:12

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Description

 

Please visit the score notes and enjoy! This work is scored for what I call "World Ensemble."

 

What is meant by "World Ensemble?"

 

This work allows for Music-making in many varied combinations and possibilities.

Chorus
String Orchestra
American & European Band
Symphony Orchestra
Chorus & Band
Chorus & Orchestra
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
etc., and...

 

Any Combination of forces at your disposal, or brought together for special concert events. You are as much part of the Orchestration as I am. During rehearsals, you can decide what Soloists will be featured, which sections or sub-ensembles to highlight. Much is possible! Enjoy & Godspeed! S

 

A Live Recording is Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.  To listen to this track in a demo form, click this rendering with the optional lyrics sung by vocal soloist, Christopher McCrewell.  Many different versions are possible.



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Mary - Grade: 3-4 for Cello & Piano | Duration: 3:00

Mary

Grade: 3-4 for Cello & Piano | Duration: 3:00

 

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A small work for Cello & Piano.  Enjoy & Godspeed!  S

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MILLENNIUM - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:45

MILLENNIUM

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:45

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Description

Two highly contrasting movements depict the battle for world dominance at the brink of the 3rd Millennium. The first movement, ART of the STATE is a wild, viral journey at mm=164. In extreme contrast, the second movement depicts the serenity of a Love Inviolate.

The piece utilizes an orchestration which has been ongoing in the STORMWORKS story, that of the Band of the 3rd Millennium.

MILLENNIUM was commissioned for the 1997 Internationale Festiche Musiktage Uster. Unlike most "storm" works, the piece stops after its 2nd movement. Via motif and theme, it is connected back to THE FIRST & THE LAST and forward to WAIT of the WORLD.

MILLENNIUM and THE FIRST & THE LAST combine to make a 5-movement work, but the movements can also be interchanged to create more flexibility in programming.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

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MONTY! - Grade 2-3 | Duration: 3:00

MONTY!

Grade 2-3 | Duration: 3:00

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Description:

Composed to assist the Music Educator in teaching music in 3's... MONTY! is a robust British Style March written as a tribute to General Bernard Montgomery of World War II fame. The piece is divided into rehearsal sections designated by the form of the composition so that while it provides a tool for teaching rhythmic concepts, it also teaches students about form and logical rehearsal strategies. The key signatures of Bb and Eb in addition to the range make the piece a Grade 2. Some of the rhythmic explorations make it a Grade 3.

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MUSASHI - Grade: 6 | Duration: 19:00

MUSASHI

Grade: 6 | Duration: 19:00

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Description

"If you follow the present-day world, you will turn your back on the Way; if you would not turn your back on the Way, do not follow the world." -Takuan Soho

 

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Music from the Motion Picture AURORA - Grade 3-4 | Duration: 16:17

Music from the Motion Picture AURORA

Grade 3-4 | Duration: 16:17

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Description:

This is a three-movement work.  Each part is playable as a separate piece. The center movement is scored for a new-to-our-idiom orchestration featuring the woodwind section. The piece is conceived to allow many options as possible within the attainable scope of a Grade 3-4 work for band.

The piece is a new "take" on Music from the 68-minute Film Score for AURORA.

Whereas, in many cases, an entity like a film score will be composed by one composer and then arranged by another, here is an instance where the composer and then the re-composer are one in the same. This is a great opportunity, therefore, to share something intimate and non-homogenized with your students.

Godspeed.

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Never Forgotten (for a cappella choir) - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:45

Never Forgotten (for a cappella choir)

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:45

 

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For those familiar with the Three Musical Haikus for Band, this is the "Never Forgotten" movement with lyrics and possibilities for String ensembles and/or acapella vocal ensembles.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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Never Forgotten (for Strings, Optional Chorus, Mixed & Male & Optional Narration) - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:13

Never Forgotten (for Strings, Optional Chorus, Mixed & Male & Optional Narration)

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:13

 

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For those familiar with the Three Musical Haikus for Band, this is the "Never Forgotten" movement with lyrics and possibilities for String ensembles and/or acapella Male or Mixed vocal ensembles.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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Night of the Shooting Star - Grade: 2 | Duration: 5:00

Night of the Shooting Star

Grade: 2 | Duration: 5:00

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Description

A joyous, modern, fun and interesting work for Grade 2 Band... The kids will enjoy the meaning, the depth, the explorations. Night of the Shooting Star is connected to OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE, and much more.

 

This piece ws not recorded for the Chapter 13 CD, and though I am hesitant to do so, especially with a work that has some aleotoric portions, I have placed an old MIDI demo mp3 here for you.  Your imaginitive listening is much appreciated.

 

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O COME HOLY NIGHT! - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:33

O COME HOLY NIGHT!

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:33

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Description

The work opens with a mysterious, middle-eastern, spine-chilling swell. Suddenly, Hark the Herald Angels heralds over driving rhythms, giving way to Silent Night, with many options from solo singer to chorus to horn solo to horn tutti. A dramatic restatement, again with optional chorus, leaves the audience tuned and ready!

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ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH! - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 12:00

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH!

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 12:00

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Description

The last words of Ludwig van Beethoven were, "I SHALL HEAR IN HEAVEN". This piece is ever so humbly dedicated to him.

What? With so much of his own Music and so much History and so many books and concerts forever played in his behalf, how can this humble piece be offered?

William Shakespeare in Henry V, summed it in the St. Crispen's Day Speech. This piece is dedicated to those of us who look to the forever stalwart, past and present. In them, we find the courage to face the insurmountable again and again, as we, like them, go Once More... Unto the Breach!

Pushing the sonic scape of Band of the 3rd Millennium still further, this work is a tribute to Beethoven. The second movement features a Soprano Saxophone, with the first and third movements employing an optional obligato Soprano Saxophone solo. There is also a field version of this Music with a different overall message. Though the thematic material is the same, a new piece is achieved in of Demons & the Knight!

 

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ONE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 8:21

ONE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 8:21

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The STORMWORKS Chapter 21 CD Set: WON WAY was recorded by SBO-Ried in Austria. This same ensemble premiered LAST WORLD STANDING in The Brucknerhaus to an 18-minute standing ovation! 21 WON WAY is inspired by Roberto Clemente who said, "If you have the chance to do something good for someone and you don't, you are wasting your time in this world." To that purpose, to that simple Ideal... this Music is dedicated.

 

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ONE MOMENT to ETERNITY - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:01

ONE MOMENT to ETERNITY

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:01

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 6:33

OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 6:33

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Testimonials

"I attended a reception in the president's suite after our concert. Nearly everyone referred to OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE in some manner. Even the people that did not get it... the piece STILL had some profound effect on them. They just couldn't express it. And so, once again, I can prove that there is SOMETHING in your Music, your Orchestrations, God only knows because even I still cannot explain it. We can play and play, sound really good... then jump into a Stormworks, and the same group sounds completely and profoundly different. When I was on Sabbatical last semester, I went to the Veterans Concert, this time conducted by Mark. They played and played and sounded great. I was not only very happy, but really impressed at the quality of the group under Mark's leadership. Then, the premiere of the piece for the Chancellor started (DESPITE ALL ELSE) and....the entire sound changed. It surrounded the audience. Suddenly, we were all awash in this amazing sound... more than just the sound, though. This is what I am still trying to understand about your Music. People who don't know immediately write it off to the use of electronics, but that simply is not the case. They don't get it. The electronics certainly add to it, but that is not the only reason. I have played and heard other pieces using electronics, including my own, and it does not achieve the same effect. So, my study continues. Your friendship and guidance and willingness to share continues to help me understand Music and myself a bit better each day." Ralph Ford, Troy University. (Ralph. Thank you for so much. for your Kindness, your Generosity. The kids sounded great, and in fact brought tears to my eyes. I thank them and I thank you for allowing me to share these thoughts with other Conductors.)

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

 

 

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Pasodobles para Santa Cecelia y los Heroes de Espana - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 4:00

Pasodobles para Santa Cecelia y los Heroes de Espana

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 4:00

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Description

More great fun in the spirit of the Spanish Pasodobles. Please see the score notes and enjoy! Disfrute!

 

The nature of "tribute" is fascinating because once you begin really paying homage to anything or anyone or any assemblage of truly great people, there is no end. Kakehashi: That We Might Live and Last World Standing are such examples.

 

After writing 21: Won Way, a tribute to Roberto Clemente... and for those of you too young to know who this is, please read about his Life... more Music came. First the Romanza para Roberto, and later the Pasodobles para Santa Cecelia (patron saint of Music) y los Heroes de Espana, of which Roberto may definitely be included.

 

The Pasodobles is an extension of a tribute to Roberto Clemente, his Hispanic origins, and as always, with a "Stormworks" twist that lifts the moment via authentic orchestration and historic-Latino stylings.

 

"As you know, I've been a fan of yours for many years. It's refreshing to hear music that evokes emotion, touches the heart, and ultimately takes both performer and the listener on an awe-inspiring journey. Every single time I program a Melillo work, the kids fall in love with it, and the Pasodobles was no exception. They are already asking if we can have you guest conduct again this spring. You and your music made a profound impression on my students and for that, we are all grateful." Rob Bryant, Madisonville North Hopkins HS after the Carnegie Hall Premiere.

 

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PATRICK'S RUNE - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

PATRICK'S RUNE

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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Description:

 

High energy dance-like rhythmic figures and a haunting prayer theme... later developed in Symphony #2... combine in this work depicting St. Patrick's banishment of the snakes. As in all "Storm" Works, the piece provides a well-planned media in which to explore music-making concepts. Contained within are themes for Patrick, the striking staff, the Storm and religious faith of the Rune as well as depictions of the dance, struggle, and joy of the Irish people as the Light of Hope triumphs over "the powers of darkness!"

 

Patrick's Rune places many varied and simultaneous demands on the student Musician. Because the piece involves Music in 2's and 3's in both 4/4 and 12/8, and because of the dynamic possibilities joined by the need for great speed and dexterity in fingering, this work can be rendered by quite accomplished groups or by younger Musicians needing a work which, when rendered as intended, will represent a significant accomplishment.

 

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This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD.

 

Saint Patrick
Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
b. 387 d.461
Saint Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

 

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

 

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

 

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

 

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.

 

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

 

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote:

 

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

 

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family.

 

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

 

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

 

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

 

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

 

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

 

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

 

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

 

Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

 

In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

 

 

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Piano - Grade: 5 | Duration: 13:33

Piano

Grade: 5 | Duration: 13:33

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QUERENCIA! - Grade: 3 | Duration: 5:33

QUERENCIA!

Grade: 3 | Duration: 5:33

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Description

New Mexico has been a Spiritual Home for me ever since I met the Souls of Bataan. When I was recently conducting the New Mexico All-State Band, a gentleman came up to me and said, "Querencia! That's what you're asking from the kids!" He explained that QUERENCIA was the word that was shouted out as the bull got closest to the bullfighter. It is the idea of COURAGE, but Courage as a function of how close one allows Danger to get near. In that Real Life closeness to Danger and in that Metaphor, this work is humbly offered as a fun gift to the young Musicians who will explore it and render it!

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
 

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RAGE (for Timpani & Trumpet) - Grade: 5 | Duration: 4:52

RAGE (for Timpani & Trumpet)

Grade: 5 | Duration: 4:52

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

 

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RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY - Grade: 5 | Duration: 6:35

RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY

Grade: 5 | Duration: 6:35

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Description

Composed for the commissioning of the USS Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous With Destiny serves as an innovative concert March, with a strong, noble opening and morse code stated in a dramatic build toward the march theme.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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REVENGE OF THE DARKSEEKERS! - Score & Parts | Duration: 3:21 | Grade 2

REVENGE OF THE DARKSEEKERS!

Score & Parts | Duration: 3:21 | Grade 2

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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Sieben glückliche Jahre - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 10:33

Sieben glückliche Jahre

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 10:33

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Sieben glückliche Jahre
Seven Happy Years... Messages to and from Heaven.
For those with Sensitive Souls...

"Hello Steve, My sister heard "Seven Happy Years" and said this about the piece:

Dieser Komponist ist einfach nur genial. Er hat es genau getroffen. Jedes Lachen, jedes Augenstrahlen und jede lustige und energiegeladene Aktivit‰t von Julian wurde haargenau eingefangen. Es ist SEIN Lied, ganz und gar.

Dies kannst Du ihm gerne weiter leiten und auch von mir ein grofles "Dankeschˆn" sagen.

Translation:

This composer is simply ingenious. He stroke the right chord. Every smile, every light in Julian's eyes, every happy and energetic activity of Julian was caught exactly. It's HIS song, over and over.

This you may tell him, together with a big "Thank you". Regards," Joachim Buch

 

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STORMWORKS - Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

STORMWORKS

Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

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Composed to assist the Music Educator in teaching concepts like quickly changing meters, music in 2's, music in 3's... and the calm of introspection, this 3-movement work, and the body of work to follow, is a powerful addition to your diverse and musical Library.

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STORMWORKS 88' - Grade: 5 | Duration: 5:08

STORMWORKS 88'

Grade: 5 | Duration: 5:08

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© STEPHEN MELILLO IGNA 1976-2013, 2-3 Millennium STORMWORKS 1988-2013, 25th Anniversary of the Piece!

 

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else."
-Judy Garland

(See the Stormworks 1988-2013 Score notes for more!)

 

REHEARSAL SUGGESTIONS for Conductors & Musicians: Please load these mp3s into your iTunes for rehearsal and playback via the STORMSound System. Full CD Quality AIFFs come on CD with the Score & Parts.

 

Your goal is to respond like Studio Musicians to an unforgiving, relentless, unchanging Pre-recorded Track. My suggestion is to rehearse technical matters away from any recordings. The idea is to push to the click... and not neccessarily to "work up" to it. Time should be the constant and the Goal, with technical rehearsals made away from the Precorded Tracks. Once everything is under the fingers, you can then try 2 approaches:

 

1. Play along with the Track that includes Strings at the Proper Tempo of mm=156. STORMWORKS 1988 Demo at mm=156

 

2. Immediatley begin work with the Pre-recorded Track and at the Proper Tempo of mm=156. If further technical practice is needed with a CLICK TRACK, I suggest setting up an iPAD with a metronome click and playing it through the STORMSound System. This will reinforce working with a steady CLICK, saving the Pre-reocrded Track as a Goal when mm=156 is consistent. STORMWORKS 1988 PRE-RECORDED CONCERT TRACK at mm=156.

 

 

What it Means to be Caught in the Storm (2013)
by Russell Maclin, Cellist and senior at Central Bucks South HS, PA

 

SET-UP: Perhaps my most recently acquired frustration with high school is its apparent lack of inertia. I don't mean the building itself; I'm sure that if the bricks and cement were thrown, they would take enormous force to halt. Instead, I am referring to the fact that people commonly make that mistake, thinking that the name "CB South" refers to those bricks and cement. What happens within these walls is not enough to overcome them: the base level of inspired energy—among students and among almost all teachers—seems to be a firmly rooted zero. Attendance is an obligation; classroom connections are fleeting; personalities are façades jaded students erect against the negative energy that pulses from within them and from the otherwise-deadened white walls. People rush away at 2:30 like repelled magnets, and when school is not in session, most internal communities are abandoned—not only is the building empty; school in the metaphysical definition is deserted as well.

 

The VISION: I want to be a part of an academic community that has momentum, a community whose personality exists separate from itself, eternal, intangible, infectious, engulfing. Instead of an environment in which every pursuit must be hauled and heaved up from scratch just to possess a spark, an inertial environment has a continuously rumbling energy under it, like smoldering embers ready to be enflamed at a moment's notice. In contrast, we commonly find ourselves collecting timber time and time again.

 

Enter STORMWORKS: Quite suddenly, though, I have found myself initiated into the Third Millennium, which is quite possibly the most momentous—derived here from "momentum"—community I have ever witnessed: altogether without physical boundaries, the Third Millennium is connected by a common philosophy and purpose; it is sustained by pure momentum without any forced connection. It has a language all its own, a history all its own (our fledgling membership is proceeded by decades of experiences before us), and a philosophy that is in stark contrast to the normal, tepid maxims fed to schoolchildren. And the originality and driving force behind this language, history, and philosophy create a legacy of energy so sweeping that those dedicated to membership are swept along—in effect, "Stormworks" is exceptionally literal: those who take part in this body of work are swept into a cerebral, philosophical, and communal storm.

 

The PIECE and more: In "Stormworks 1988-2013," momentum is all. The "relentless" rhythm brings momentum to the literal realm, but there's also an intangible realm of momentum driving through this piece: echoes of adventures past, of emotions, of performances, reverberate off the page and add depth and wind to the storm-like inertia. And playing along with the percussion track brings a conceptual momentum as well as a physical boundary of forward motion: practicing at home, I am forced to constantly conform and live up to the standards of the professional musicians whom I have never met yet are who are miraculously accompanying me. The track is a glimpse of the end product—it will never change; we are the ones who must match its established force and inflection. Clearly, the base level for this piece is far above zero. It's incredible that compared to my time spent in school—in the proximity of thousands, there appears to be little intellectual spark or vigor—practicing "Stormworks 1988-2013" by myself, at home, feels almost claustrophobically inhabited by sheer human will.

 

The MUSIC: I am enthralled by this experience because it reasserts everything I love about MUSIC. I love the community, the communication that will eventually occur across the stage, but for now, is replaced by a different connection—one of experiences across time and space. Lofty goals are hardly set for students anymore, yet here we are pinned up against professional quality and must, in a matter of months, leap to the occasion, and contrary to popular belief, people love to leap. A community so individual and so idealistic is a pleasure to get swept into, and I love the storm that is engulfing us all. A storm without sides, without limits; a storm that has lasted for over two decades, silently smoldering in the background of society, ready to jump to flame anywhere around the globe—a universal storm that shocks everyone in its range with lightning that reaches into the Romantic depths of passion, commitment, and idealism... This is shaping up to be the perfect storm, 2013.

 


You Can't Fake Real

 

Music is an extraordinary gift: of joy, of sorrow, of life—through a simple birthday tune or a magnificent symphony that gives life to souls of those who once were; of death—through a mournful dirge or an anguished melodic poem that sucks all essence of life from the air. It can be simple. Ephemeral phrases. Humble harmonies. Or it can be incredibly intricate, with lengthy, longwinded lines, interwoven and involved. Whatever its purpose, whatever its form or finesse, music is a gift. This is what I have been told since the age of three, the age that music became an essential part of my life. And I truly thought I understood the meaning of this statement until the age of sixteen, the age that a defining event affected my entire perspective.During my early years as a violinist—if you can really call a three-year-old with a violin a "violinist"—my bow was a light saber. Between practicing my scales, I fought off bad guys; after playing through "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" successfully, it was a sword with which I knighted my father. Over the years, my light-saber turned into an instrument which—instead of producing magical spells—produced magical music. I felt this magic when I played, and so did those I played for. I've been told after many performances that it was evident how much I felt the music; that I brought one person to tears, another to goose bumps. "Music is a gift," I would tell them while thanking them for their praise, "and I'm glad I was able to share it with you." But I never could fully explain why music could elicit such physical responses, uncontrollable reactions expressed through the nerves beneath our hair follicles or the tear ducts of our eyes.

 

During my early years as a violinist—if you can really call a three-year-old with a violin a "violinist"—my bow was a light saber. Between practicing my scales, I fought off bad guys; after playing through "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" successfully, it was a sword with which I knighted my father. Over the years, my light-saber turned into an instrument which—instead of producing magical spells—produced magical music. I felt this magic when I played, and so did those I played for. I've been told after many performances that it was evident how much I felt the music; that I brought one person to tears, another to goose bumps. "Music is a gift," I would tell them while thanking them for their praise, "and I'm glad I was able to share it with you." But I never could fully explain why music could elicit such physical responses, uncontrollable reactions expressed through the nerves beneath our hair follicles or the tear ducts of our eyes."You can't fake real," my orchestra conductor would always say, quoting Stephen Melillo, his good friend, and

 

"You can't fake real," my orchestra conductor would always say, quoting Stephen Melillo, his good friend, and great teacher. He used these wise words frequently and fervently, in an attempt to explain the unexplainable, to help us really feel the music. This is why when we were privileged with the opportunity to partake in a musical project with Stephen Melillo himself—a role model to our conductor and now to us, as well—it was immensely meaningful.

 

My select string ensemble, in collaboration with the West Chester University Chamber Orchestra, gathered to record an original composition by Stephen Melillo, written for and dedicated to the families of the children tragically killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. After our part was complete, the recording would be sent to Austria where select musicians would add percussion, wind and brass. Our recording session was conducted by Mr. Melillo himself, and if anyone in the room was not engaged initially, his conducting style reversed that immediately. His large, extravagant swooping of the baton, his deep-felt emotions plainly etched into his face, forced everyone to become utterly immersed in the music. His heavy downbeats made his whole body shake and sent surging swells through the air; the room itself shook in tandem. The music was passionate; it was heartrending and stirring and moving. When I played, I didn't just feel the music, I felt myself within the music. I played with the same passion and intensity with which Stephen Melillo conducted. I felt an unexplainable bond with everyone in the room, because I felt like I was sharing a part of myself with them, and each of them was sharing a part of themselves with me. I thought about the children who were lost in the Sandy Hook shooting; I thought about their families and the gaping hole they all must feel. I thought about how this musical offering might help fill a tiny fraction of that hole, as they each open a personal score signed by each of us involved, and how I personally might help these people, whom I don't even know, in a tiny step towards healing. I was overcome with emotion—both of sorrow and sympathy for those grieving, and of humbled joy and appreciation that I could be a part of this amazing gift. The emotion was palpable. By the end of the session, every person in the room was in tears.

 

It was during this event that I realized what it truly means to give the gift of music. It is not enough to just feel it. You must become it. You must let go of the boundary that makes music something separate from yourself; it must contain a part of yourself. Truly great music comes from the heart, and truly great music helps people in amazing ways. Truly great music is real, and you can't fake real.

 

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Swing Slave - Grade: 3 for Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) | Duration: 4:33

Swing Slave

Grade: 3 for Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) | Duration: 4:33

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Description

Picture a Marche Slave in the style of Glenn Miller, and you've got SWING SLAVE for jazz ensemble. Playable and fun, it'll make your group sound like the Miller band, complete with the Krupa-esque drum solo. It's also orchestrated for optional flutes, clarinets, and horns so that it can be utilized with a full concert group or extended jazz band.

A more advanced Manhattan Transfer-like 4-part optional Vocal is also included.

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Symphony # Numberless: S-MATRIX - Grade: 6 for Professional Orchestra | Duration: 19:57

Symphony # Numberless: S-MATRIX

Grade: 6 for Professional Orchestra | Duration: 19:57

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Description

Inspired by a love of the merging of two worlds, the Buddhists of millennia ago and the quantum physicists of today, this piece is about the spontaneous and simultaneous annihilation-creation of subatomic particles, the S-MATRIX being a table of probabilities concerned more with the dance than the dancers in this inner-world scattering.

But more than just a graphic representation of events, the piece asks, "WHAT is colliding? WHAT is created?... and what is being destroyed?"

Each note, phrase, and section is about the dance, the intermediate states of existence... the Storm of Being.

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THE COMPLETE STORMQUEST SUITE on CDR - Grade 1-3 | Duration: 72:33

THE COMPLETE STORMQUEST SUITE on CDR

Grade 1-3 | Duration: 72:33

 

Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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THE DEFENDERS OF TRUEFIRE! - Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

THE DEFENDERS OF TRUEFIRE!

Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

Click Here to View Perusal Score

 

Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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THE FIRST & THE LAST! - Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 12:01

THE FIRST & THE LAST!

Grade: 5-6 | Duration: 12:01

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Description

A continuation of Millennium, this work depicts the final confrontation between Good and Evil. It begins with a viral fragment. Like a disease, the motif twists and multiplies in and around the ensemble, ending irresolute. It folds to In the Hollow of the Heart... bittersweet. In the Battle at Meggido... we experience the triumphal theme of Good pitted against the viral theme of the Dark.

All 5 movements from Millennium and The First & The Last are interchangeable and offer many choices to the Conductor. WAY of the WARRIOR is its WPIM Counterpart.

Teaching strategies include a synopsis of the work's harmonic vocabulary and makes teaching the technical component of the piece expedient.

Millennium and THE FIRST & THE LAST combine to make a 5-movement work, but the movements can also be interchanged to create more flexibility in programming.

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THE FOUNTAINHEAD - Grade: 2-5 | Duration: 25:45

THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Grade: 2-5 | Duration: 25:45

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Description

God Architectured the World and then in the greatest Storm, Architectured Man, granting Him the miraculous ability to Architecture Himself and His surroundings.

Composed on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, THE FOUNTAINHEAD was humbly rededicated on 11 September 2001. Concrete and steel and great effort may fall, but Integrity, Faith and the Indomitable Aspiration to reach again and again for the best above us and in all of us forever stands as a MONUMENT TO THE SPIRIT OF MAN.

THE FOUNTAINHEAD is designed to work across a MUSIC PROGRAM. Let's say that in your program or district, you have a 9th-grade band (or a middle school band), a concert band, and a wind ensemble or symphonic band made up of your finest players. Here's the 26-minute design:

- Integrity's First Stand 9th Grade Band
- Form & Function Concert Group
- Where Beauty Has No Chance Wind Symphony
- From Quarry to Quest Wind Symphony
- Dynamiting Cortlandt Percussion Ensemble
- Monument to the Spirit of Man All Musical Groups

The "younger" pieces are more rhythmically energized and seem to be more difficult. Great weight has been given to the learning experience.

The Upper Group(s) is left with the demanding task of taking those long, full, languid moments and filling them with the Beauty of the sensitive Musician.

Other Options for THE FOUNTAINHEAD:

- Each movement may be rendered as a separate work.
- A 3-movement work may be taken from the whole.
- One ensemble may play the entire work.
- All 3 groups, or 2, or 4... whatever, can be on stage for the entire piece.
- You can add the groups in at dramatic moments to intensify the climaxes and so on.
- Or, each group can await its time to play, joining gloriously in the finale!

The piece may be divided in this way. The first movement is rendered at the Middle School's Spring Concert. An invitation is made at that concert to attend the high school's spring concert in which parents and students can hear the rest of the work. There are many ways to utilize THE FOUNTAINHEAD to generate interest across the grade levels, and literally, create a BRIDGE between groups, unify the town's Music department, and more.

It is the beginning a process called STORMQuest, but more on that later.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

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THE KNIGHT IS YOUNG! - Grade 5 | Duration: 6:35

THE KNIGHT IS YOUNG!

Grade 5 | Duration: 6:35

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Description

THE KNIGHT IS YOUNG was designed to launch the A Wish to the World Suite... and is the opening statement, fanfare and prelude on the A Wish to the World CD. This work falls within the grade 4+ - 5 range. It was composed for the Kentucky All-State Band 2000. It was also composed for similar situations, where either honor bands or region bands, etc, had unusually large instrumentation and needed Music. It was challenging for me to once again enter upon a situation where 4 oboists would be asked to read... and "tune"... one line of Music. This piece, while serving as still yet another movement in the A Wish to the World Suite, creates another option for conductors seeking a somewhat atypical opening statement... which utilizes larger forces of double reeds and brasses.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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THE NATURE OF HOPE - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 4:33

THE NATURE OF HOPE

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 4:33

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Description

THE NATURE OF HOPE... an Epilogue for the Knight! Because of fingering patterns employed in the woodwinds, this piece falls into a grade 3 - 4. Though the brasses are pushed beyond these bounds, there is a logic to the key and the confines of their range. Though the tempo could be slowed to accommodate younger players, it is suggested that a good recording of this work will inspire them to take on the challenge. Inner voice brass will be challenged, but their hard work will allow for a glorious epilogue to the A Wish to the World Suite.

This piece was inspired by a young woman of tremendous Faith. Please visit the Score Notes to understand the technical considerations as well as the motivation for the work.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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The Prayer of Our Lord - Grade: 5 | Duration: 3:11

The Prayer of Our Lord

Grade: 5 | Duration: 3:11


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Description

The Lord's Prayer set to Music. Please visit the score notes and enjoy.  This can be done with Chorus, in any language, with Band or Orchestra, and can also be played as instrumentals only.

"The Prayer of our Lord" is an extraordinary work. For a brief moment, I was thrown by it being in German. But that quickly dissipated, as the only true language of music overwhelmed the words of any other language. I listened to it 5 times, each time hearing something that I had missed on previous listenings. This is truth, this is beauty, and whenever I say that prayer, your music will infiltrate the words and give it a more profound meaning. Bravissimo Maestro! Your music is taxing my superlatives. With deepest gratitude, admiration, and respect." Patrick "Duke" Pencola, Music Minister

 

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THE SEARCH FOR TRUEFIRE! - Score & Parts | Duration: 5:00 | Grade 2+

THE SEARCH FOR TRUEFIRE!

Score & Parts | Duration: 5:00 | Grade 2+

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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THE SHOEMAKER an Immigrant & a Dream - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:05

THE SHOEMAKER an Immigrant & a Dream

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:05

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Description

THE SHOEMAKER... An Immigrant & A Dream is dedicated to all those who have faced the unknown. With great Faith and Hope, they boarded ships and aimed them at the New World. Even in their great toil, there was Joy. They loved their work and wanted only the best for all those who would follow. Even when fear should have won, there was determination, humor, innocence and daring.

This work embodies the spirit of adventure taken on by the immigrants while quoting the varied geographies from which they embarked.

The many concepts provided within this work can be investigated in the Score Notes.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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THE SPEECH OF ANGELS - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:11

THE SPEECH OF ANGELS

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:11

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Description

This somewhat haunting work is inspired by the phrase: "Music is well said to be the speech of angels."

The battle between Good and Evil often described in Storm Music now happens in the realm of the angels. New-to-our-idiom colours highlight the work. Off-stage madrigal choir and brass elements are just some of the sounds utilized to create that other-world Sonic Scape in which this piece comes to its uplifting conclusion.

David's faith brings down the insurmountable Goliath. The work is dedicated to Faith and Hope despite the untimely passings of friends and family.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.

 

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THE STORMJOURNEYS SUITE on CD-ROM - Beginning Band to Grade 6 | Duration 70:10

THE STORMJOURNEYS SUITE on CD-ROM

Beginning Band to Grade 6 | Duration 70:10

 

Description:

When you invest in the STORMJOURNEYS Suite on CDR, you may also acquire additional site licenses for each building at which you will print additional master sets of parts.

STORMJOURNEYS is a series of progressive and thematically connected pieces written to depict elements of Life's Journey. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, and A WISH to the WORLD or they can be rendered individually.

Please visit the individual pieces to discover the Musical concepts as presented in the scores' teaching strategies.

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THE STORMQUEST - Score & Parts | Grade 1-2 | Duration: 3:09

THE STORMQUEST

Score & Parts | Grade 1-2 | Duration: 3:09

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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THE UNIVERSE BELOW - Grade 5 | Duration: 7:33

THE UNIVERSE BELOW

Grade 5 | Duration: 7:33

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Description

A unique work utilizing a pre-recorded Composition in a logistically innovative and simple way which allows the "band" to sound like a "Universe Below!"

THE UNIVERSE BELOW was commissioned by Bay Shore Schools Arts Education Fund for Bay Shore High School.

Inspired by the William J. Broad Book, this work takes the STORMSystem to new heights. The score is sent to you with a CD. The "sounds" of the Sea, from whale-song to a prerecorded amassing of 17 harps merge with the ensemble in this somewhat unexpected Adventure into the Submerged...

The work may also serve as an optional "Part 2" to A Walk on the Water.

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THEME for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS - Grade: 5 | Duration: 4:00

THEME for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Grade: 5 | Duration: 4:00

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

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Those Who Serve - Band Grade 3| Duration: 3:22

Those Who Serve

Band Grade 3| Duration: 3:22

Those Who Serve Free Score

Those Who Serve Free Parts

STAR! Free Score

STAR! Free Parts

STAR! Free STRING Parts

Jefferson's Vision Free Score

Jefferson's Vision Free Score

 

 

Description:

THOSE WHO SERVE will be given to as many conductors who will download and print the Music. Other free downloads include JEFFERSON'S VISION and STAR! and more, all which is "free" right here.

Beginning with USA stated in a rhythmically energized Morse Code, the piece quotes each of the military themes positioned against each other and the Star Spangled Banner.

THOSE WHO SERVE may serve you for concert and/or parade situations where a tribute to ANY branch of the military is in order. This tribute is composed and scored in such a way as to provide a Grade 3 opportunity for a wide variety of scenarios.

THOSE WHO SERVE is free with A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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THREE MUSICAL HAIKUS for BAND - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 6:47

THREE MUSICAL HAIKUS for BAND

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 6:47

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Description:

These are a collection of 3 short chorales for band. They may be utilized as part of the "warm-up" or rendered as what I call "Musical Haikus." They include:

The Truth About Pirates
The 4th Year
Never Forgotten

These "Musical Haikus" were composed to draw the Musician's attention to sonority and warmth, while being short pieces of Music. In the past, their purpose was for warming up, much like the FUNCTION CHORALES. However, many conductors enjoy them and find them to be worthy of the Concert Hall.

 

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TIME IN THE BALANCE! - Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

TIME IN THE BALANCE!

Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:00

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Description

Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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TIME TO TAKE BACK THE KNIGHTS! (aka The Chosen) Band or Orchestra - Grade 6 | Duration: 8:20

TIME TO TAKE BACK THE KNIGHTS! (aka The Chosen) Band or Orchestra

Grade 6 | Duration: 8:20

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Description

TIME TO TAKE BACK THE KNIGHTS!... or as titled by Conductor Maurice Hamers: THE CHOSEN! appears on the STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD.

What makes this piece challenging is the interplay of component forces, and the need to move seamlessly between, and sometimes merge differing styles of Music. The piece begins with a bluesy, airy sax solo, reminiscent of a "Harlem Nocturne." But when the brass come in, we are in a world of Tchaikowsky-like military calls mixed with Jazz. The varied ghost-like voices of Knights distant and past call to us in these brass figures.

Contrasting sections depict a blending of Americana with Middle Eastern, with serenity and triumphal nobility.

 

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to Love and be Loved... - Grade: 4 | Duration: 3:33

to Love and be Loved...

Grade: 4 | Duration: 3:33

 

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Description

 

Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

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TOP SECRET! - Grade: 4-5 for Show Choir | Duration: 21:00

TOP SECRET!

Grade: 4-5 for Show Choir | Duration: 21:00

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Description

(Please share this with your Vocal Department!)

This 21-minute, pre-taped 1940's Spy-Love-Swingin' Show Choir piece comes with script, lyrics, staging directions, comfortably scored choral arrangements and a pre-taped orchestral - 1940's swing band backup CD that will make rehearsals go smoothly and performances exact.

The work features a beautiful ballad, Secret Love, as well as Manhattan Transfer-like swing numbers. This is a great choice for either adjudicated events or special presentations.

It's a mini-musical!

Pieces include:

1. Top Secret 3:22
2. He's a Spy 2:01
3. Secret Love Prelude 2:37
4. Spies on the Street 2:31
5. Swing Slave 2:38
6. Chase & Capture 4:52
7. Secret Love 4:34
8. Top Secret Finale 1:50

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TRIAL & TERROR - Grade 2 | Duration: 3:00

TRIAL & TERROR

Grade 2 | Duration: 3:00

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Description

TRIAL & TERROR provides an opportunity to explore changing meters and expressionistic effects in a straightforward manner while introducing themes and ideas connected to the larger body of A Wish to the World Music. See score notes for more about the concepts explored within this piece.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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TRIUMPH AT CHOS-SIN! - Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:07

TRIUMPH AT CHOS-SIN!

Grade 2+ | Duration: 4:07

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

To listen to this track, click "View Track List" in the player below.

 

"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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TRUEFIRE! - Score & Parts | Duration: 4:00 | Grade 2

TRUEFIRE!

Score & Parts | Duration: 4:00 | Grade 2

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Description: ©1997 IGNA 2-3 Millennium

STORMQUEST is an interrelated and progressive suite of 16 pieces for Young Band of the 3rd Millennium. Spanning grades 1-2+ (maybe a 3), the series is the first ever to be offered on CD-ROM with tailor-to-your-situation capabilities. Each piece, while exploring the sonic scape of a new frontier for young band also embodies a specific Musical concept that is offered as a Teaching Strategy in the score notes.

STORMQUEST is:

    - Inspiring Music for young band!
    - A motivating & pervasive learning tool.
    - 16 interrelated and progressive pieces, all of which are playable across an entire Music Program.
    - STRING PARTS are included on the CDR for String Ensembles, Orchestra and Special-Event Ensembles.
    - Band Directors & Music Administrators can acquire 19 pieces... (3 are added to the cost & space-efficient, ground- breaking 1997 CDR)... at less than $8 per minute!


Each STORMQuest chapter is preceded by a specific teaching strategy, which addresses a carefully plotted Musical concept. Student parts contain alternate and side-to-side fingerings, slide position suggestions and more... all to provide a multi-useful addition to any school and/or school system's Music library!

STORMQuest takes grade 2 to a new level and speaks for itself.

 

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"We rendered By Love Compelled... with my freshman band at last week’s winter concert. I cannot begin to describe to you what a success it was! The group played more musically and more in tune than I’d ever heard them play. They understood how important it was to make the music and not just play – the results were amazing - the crowd went wild afterward! The comments I received from parents and students were nothing but shock and awe. Comments such as:
“That piece didn’t sound like BAND music!”
“They were only ninth graders playing that music?!?”, and
“That was the best piece of the night”
These were the most common – I lost track of how many times I heard these things (and variations of them). The students would like me to share the recording with you (I’ve never seen a group more proud of their work) and if you don’t mind, I’ll send it along as soon as I process it. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for music education. You’ve helped me to motivate and inspire a whole new class of kids. Sincerely," Aaron Datsko, PA.

"As an introduction to your truly unique writing for wind groups, I used Truefire! on our Holiday Concert a couple of weeks ago. It was the hit of the concert. The audience response was tremendous and the aftermath was incredible. Since we live in a small community, I often see parents at the store, etc. Without exception, they all made a point of telling me how much the loved Truefire!" Scott Humphries, Covington, VA

"Mel, I'm listening to the Stormquest CD, and felt compelled to write of the incredible first steps in what is no doubt an amazing journey. If only there were words, my friend, to describe how each segment, each moment, each note is presented with amazing care and attention. Musical shadings, emotional phrase shaping, nuance, dissonance with a purpose, intensity, love. Every sense is jolted. And this is just the beginning! Can't begin to imagine where it will lead, but have a sense that the ride will be amazing. Your intro to directors is SOOO on point. If only. . . If only they will be musicians, educators and leaders of quality music education. Yes, bands can play this music. If only . . .Thank you for sharing the journey. Godspeed, my friend." Don Jemella, Conductor

"O Steve,there were really funny and great things with your pieces:
I did "Time in the Balance!" with my youth-band, the kids are about 12 and 13 years old. I wrote a 20/8 measure on the board and explained the rhythm "ta-mh-mh-ta-mh-mh" and so on.... and the kids could play the piece!! That was unbelieveble for me!! The next concert of this band is at the end of November, but "Time in the Balance!" is for the concert in January. But the kids don´t want to play the pieces for November-concert - they want only play this "cool new piece"!! Thank you!" Andreas Grandl, Germany

"I just wanted to tell you that a group of Norwegian band children under my baton performed nine movements from Stormquest on Aug. 3. The performance found place in Bø in Telemark. They had been on a band camp from Monday and had about 10 full band rehearsals to prepare. After some struggle to get things going I was amazed at how well they were able to give a moving performance of the selected movements. One of their favourite movements was Time in the Balance. This music really works! I hope to bring some of your music to a bandcamp in Finnland next summer. Thank for writing really good music for younger people!" Hilsen Egil J. Lysebo, Norway

"Last night, I rendered Search for Truefire and By Love Compelled with this year's Symphony. I came away even more awestruck and amazed than last year. Your music is such an inspiration for the kids (and for me) At the end, I stood on the podium with such respect for what the kids had accomplished. I turned around to announce the next piece and suddenly realized that I was unable to talk because of the lump in my throat. The kids rendered the pieces with such intensity, love, and total giving... I wish with all my heart that more orchestra teachers discover your music and have the opportunity to experience what I had the privilege of being a part of last night. Thank you! Again!" Scott Hensil, Pennsylvania

"Steve: Rehearsed "By Love Compelled..." This piece should be played by EVERY junior high and high school band in the country. It is one of the most *musical* pieces at that grade level I've ever heard! I thought maybe the high school kids wouldn't respond to the StormQuest stuff so well, thinking they were beyond it. That has not been their reaction at all, as I'm sure you know from other experiences with other bands! *I* wasn't sure (I have to be pretty solidly convinced of things, seeing and hearing on my own) until I started working on the pieces. Your music doesn't *sound* like other music they've played, from inside the ensemble as well as from the front. It's making them listen to each other more already. We read the last section of "Aurora" first, since that's what we had duplicated first. It went very well at the first reading, and is very accessible technically while requiring listening and musicality. We'll read the rest on Monday. More and more, other things in a school setting interfere with our teaching. We need music that will involve the student and help them push the distractions out of their minds. I always tell student teachers that their most challenging task as educators is to choose appropriate literature for their bands. Your music is doing all of that. Keep up the good work! " Jeff Waggoner, Music Department Chair. Hinsdale Central High School

"As you know, at the middle school level, it is often hard to get the students to enjoy slower music. We rehearsed Truefire! about three days. Amazingly, the last two rehearsals, several kids have been requesting it! A true compliment to you and your music. Besides sensitivity and truly playing with heart, we have learned some valuable technical aspects. Most of my flutes, heck all of them, have never played those upper register notes in a piece. Also, the band now understands music in threes spread over not only quarter notes but half notes and eighth notes. Concepts through Music!!!! Amazing!!!!! It's much better than saying "Line 83, and lets be excited about it." Eric Wells, Kansas City, Missouri

"Stephen, Yesterday we played Forbidden Fortress at junior high band contest. Parents told me afterwards that the judges were standing up, trying to figure out what various sounds coming from the percussion section were. When the piece was over, the audience went totally crazy, applauding and shouting. I have been to numerous contests over the past eleven years of teaching and have never had a response like this to a band, or to a piece of music. Both the judges and other band directors who heard our performance were asking, "where did you find that piece?" Our students were very excited about both their performance of the piece and the reaction that they received. Thank you again, for writing music like this that takes away any stigma from the phrase,'junior high band music' ". George Caton, Havana Junior High School, Havana, Illinois

"Stephen, For our third concert in a row our bands (Middle School) played some of your music from STORMQuest. Not only did I get a lot of music for my money, but the kids love it. They keep asking for more! You got their attention last year when they played Under Cover of Night & Into the Light of Day, then they sat up straight when the STORMQuest came. You won their respect with Defenders of Truefire, but tonight you won their HEARTS when they performed TRUEFIRE! The soloists were wonderful. Steve, these kids were so inspired with what you wrote. They have grown from section members into soloists right in front of our eyes. Again, I thank you for your spirit, your focus, and your insight. Our students are changed forever. Thanks." Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"My experience in adjudicating and listening to young bands today is that most are attempting literature which is beyond their grasp, or they are playing watered down arrangements of some kind. Steve's STORMQUEST collection is the perfect answer. The Music is challenging, but very playable. It invites, no, INSISTS on emotional/musical expression. It is original and makes young bands sound great. Steve... I really love your new STORMQUEST collection. I recommended it to at least a dozen bands at the last concert festival I judged in Massachusetts. Godspeed." Larry Lang, Commander/Conductor US Air Force Heritage of America Band

"The chance for my students to work on your music has turned them from note players to young musicians. They must play with the heart if their music, your music, is to be understood. Because of your music we now have three French horn players and two keyboard players that we didn't have at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of them and grateful to you for this life changing opportunity. Thanks again." Richard H. Lewis, Hoover Middle School Band

"We also listened to, and then read through TRUEFIRE! in 8th grade band. In my career, as short as it may be, I have never had a group of students so excited about playing a piece of music. They did not have the music in front of them as they listened, and, as you may have guessed, they said "We won't be able to play this." But then, I put it in front of them, and barring all of the sight-reading jitters that we are still working on, they really could! After the cut off, they were silent... then they looked around at each other and broke out into a thunderous "YEAH!". I can hardly wait!" Susann Hubbell Blair, Ohio

"I need to tell you that you have a new fan club at Central Cambria High School. In one short day, my band program was rejuvenated by your music!! I passed out "Courage... at the Wall of Fire" and "Revenge of the Darkseekers" and minutes later the band was on fire! The sounds that they were getting, not only excited me, but more importantly, excited them. A student raised a hand and proclaimed "Let's scrap the rest of the folder and do all 15 movements of STORMQUEST"! Of course, as much as I would have liked to do the same, it was not educationally sound! We performed those two movements at our Winter Concert, to great acclaim from parents and community members." Tom Nagy, Edensburg, Pennsylvania

"Your music has made a profound effect on my middle school students. Playing the STORMQuest selections has brought out musical expression that didn't exist before. Just got home from our middle school concert. We did STORMQuest with our 8th grade band. The audience went nuts! On the same program we did C, H, S and S. The audience was polite. When we played your Music they felt the energy. The kids feel it too. Way to go! You have done it again! We all can't wait to explore the rest of STORMQuest!" Steve Dingledine, Muncie Indiana

"Great musical works that must be performed with true passion. I really like that challenge!" Shirley M. Robertson, Oxford, IN

"Steve, Your deal for STORMQuest sounds like a deal that is hard to refuse. What band director of any sensibility can refuse great music which is connected to a clear pedagogical vision? What school administrator, holding the purse-strings can refuse the logic of thinking large-scale and long-term? Fascinated by the CD/CD-ROM idea. How does it work? The idea of customizing music for young bands in order to give them the best possible musical experience, is something that many of us who write have always tried to find the time to do. Making this kind of thing accessible to ALL band directors is a great mission." Scott Rogers, Norway

"First I was just amazed at the synchronicity of arriving at work today (11/3/97) to the amazing sounds of STORMQuest, then I was blown away by the level of freakish focus and detailed creative insanity within the package, and now I lay here rendered useless by the overpowering amount of material and cutting edge nature of the Web Page (the sauce is on the stove and I'll take TWO of those cats!)." JP Kiernan, Bergenfield, New Jersey

" I would like to tell you how pleased we are with SCENES FROM STORMQUEST. The writing, the pace, the many emotional levels, and the textures all make up an exciting and educational score. It truly is a "quest" as we discover the many messages brought forth by the Music. After winning the state championship in 1996, I was concerned about how I could take my students to a new level - have them reach for a more lofty and worthy goal. You have made that possible. The kids at Mercer County High School have been truly blessed with an unforgettable experience." Rob Bryant, "newly converted STORMDirector ", Mercer County, Kentucky

"Dear Steve, I just thought I would write and tell how much the students are enjoying playing Integrity's First Stand. They wanted something different and they got it. We will definitely be using more of your music in the future. I really want to get Stormquest for our middle school bands. Thanks for innovation." Mark Vittetoe, Horton High School

"Dear Steve, Last year my 7th grade band played STORMQUEST. We played these at home concerts and city wide band festivals. The kids were excited by the music, the parents were very impressed, and everyone loved the music. I have found a large drawback though -- my band members DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANY OF THE TRADITIONAL BAND LITERATURE!! They could play STORMQUEST all class, all week, all year! Thanks for the great music!" Walter Coker, Gruening Middle School

"Steve, There are several things that I'd like to say. First, after months of having your "music" sit on the shelf, I finally passed out several sections of STORMQUEST. Wow! Everything that other directors have been saying is true. My kids love your music. We are currently working on Time in the Balance, and while challenging, it's been real fun to watch them work! I was at the Naval School of Music last spring and caught your SCALEWorks clinic. I use the knowledge that you gave us to teach scales now, and it is highly successful. Thanks for everything! Jim Paxton, Andrew Lewis M.S. Band, Salem, Virginia.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE KIDS!

"Hi! My name is Janice and I am in 8th grade. My Wind Ensemble (Director; Jeff Fudale) is playing pieces from STORMQuest, and we love it!! I am the first chair French horn and the music is phenomenal! It gets our entire band excited and we look forward to playing it everyday. We'll be playing it at contest, and I know that the judges will be blown away. Your music is kind of like an escape from the entire other music world. Its like a whole different species of music, and I like a change like that. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into these pieces. Please Write Back!" Janice, 1st Chair French Horn, Roehm Wind Ensemble, Berea, OH

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius "I know that you are likely busy with more E-mails than one could 'Shake a stick at' so to speak, so I'll make it brief. I merely wished to state that your pieces are a welcome refreshment from the casual ones with predictable lines and unexciting rhythm. So far we've played Stormquest, Revenge of the Darkseekers, and The Search for Truefire. Being the only Baritone Saxophone within the band... it is difficult to be excited with the music, in that it is usually slow half note or quarter note harmonies that have little power behind them, little purpose. But I am happy to be able to say that I am proud to play a series of music that has a homish welcoming feel to all instruments, where each has an important message, and not just part of the chord. And each day I've tried harder. There's a concert Tuesday, I hope the audience enjoys The Search for Truefire as much as we have, with a great Alto Saxophone solo and Flute solo, I doubt they can do little less than sit at the edge of their seat anticipating the next well crafted measure." Stephen Morgan, 8th Grader, Berea, OH

"Hey Steve... May I call you Steve? You're music brings meaning into so many people's lives, including mine. Anyway, I just thought that I'd tell you how much your job means to us "common folk" Keep up the good work and like you've always said..."Godspeed" Thank you for the awesome music. Sincerely," Natalie Davis, 8th Grade, Roehm Middle School

HOW? "There's a composer who has created a state-of-the-art system whereby Music is delivered in an extremely space-efficient and cost-effective manner... the CD-ROM. I intend to take some of the kids, turn them into computer librarians, have them interact with the technology and produce the necessary hard copy for the instrumental program. He's also got parts for strings on the CD-ROM and the original MIDI files so that the Music can be easily adapted to the specificity of the group. Should the kids experience any snags, they're invited to go up on the Internet and interact directly with the composer." This paragraph as well as a representation of ALL the things STORMQuest is, has gotten many directors the tools they needed! Here now, are the words of our colleagues!

 


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TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING - Grade: 2-3 | Duration: 4:12

TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING

Grade: 2-3 | Duration: 4:12

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Description

TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING was carefully designed to be one of two possible finales to the A Wish to the World Suite. It is basically a new take on TAPS. This work falls within the grade 2-3 range, with 3rd clarinets staying below the break. The exploration of simple rhythms provides a basis for careful listening and mixing skills, tuning and intoning. At the same time, the Music is quite demanding. Horns and brass are asked to push themselves to their upper limits. Here, more mature players can take the piece to its emotional heights while younger players can still access the piece simply by taking overly-difficult passages down an octave. This piece may be played by younger groups with 8vb's or by very mature and Musical players.

There will come a time when for each of us, twilight will have its last gleaming. This piece, connected to its other parts, bears a message. In part, it is a tribute to those we honour on Memorial Day... but there is more. As much as this is a piece is about the past, it is also a foretelling of the future yet to be.

For a discussion regarding technical considerations and concepts explored, please visit the Score Notes.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

This piece is from the STORMWORKS Chapter 1 Prime CD.

 

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UNDER COVER OF NIGHT & INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY! - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 9:28

UNDER COVER OF NIGHT & INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY!

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 9:28

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Description:

UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, a grade 3 at 3:33, explores differences in major and minor harmonies, introduces changing meters in a straightforward way and moves to a lyrical center section that rises and falls before returning to a dark, symphonic ending.

INTO the LIGHT of DAY! (part 2), a grade 4 at 4:12, is a triumphal Americana theme which emerges from a sunrise-like setting. Each section shares in and then joins in the dramatic conclusion. The piece will motivate your students to explore the orchestral key of D, and clarinets will have an opportunity to explore alternate, side-to-side fingerings.

Please visit the score for more information.

 

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VETERAN - Grade 2 | Duration: 3:11

VETERAN

Grade 2 | Duration: 3:11


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Recording coming soon.  Godspeed!  S

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VOICE for BASSOON & PERCUSSION - Grade 6+ | Duration: 7:00

VOICE for BASSOON & PERCUSSION

Grade 6+ | Duration: 7:00

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Description

Composed for Bassoonist, Ms. Dorian Cooke, this work is composed for a skilled Soloist with Percussion Ensemble.

Written with many options, it can be rendered by 1, 4 or even 8 bassoonists. Ms. Cooke accompanies herself on the Walk on the Water CD.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.


 

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VOICE for the SILENT - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:42

VOICE for the SILENT

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:42

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This recording did not make the CDs sent to CDBaby, though it is on the DigiMusiCard.  Here is a demo:


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Description

Please visit the score notes and enjoy! This work is scored for what I call World Ensemble.


What is meant by "World Ensemble?"

This work allows for Music-making in many varied combinations and possibilities.

Chorus
String Orchestra
American & European Band
Symphony Orchestra
Chorus & Band
Chorus & Orchestra
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
etc., and...

Any Combination of forces at your disposal, or brought together for special concert events. You are as much part of the Orchestration as I am. During rehearsals, you can decide what Soloists will be featured, which sections or sub-ensembles to highlight. Much is possible! Enjoy & Godspeed! S

 

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WAIT of the WORLD - Grade: 6 | Duration: 24:20

WAIT of the WORLD

Grade: 6 | Duration: 24:20

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Description

"While conducting Steve's Music, I often get the feeling that I am a part of something important, something really meaningful... timeless. His Music is an ode to Love and peace, a prayer to the Divine in all of us. May this document contribute to this purpose." -Maurice Hamers, Conductor

Music from the CD was premiered in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 21 April 1999. Many CD's were sold. All proceeds from the concert and STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD CD sales went to the Red Cross in support of the Refugees from Kosovo.

WAIT of the WORLD demands a commitment to the designated orchestration. The need for the expressive exceeds the technical demands of the work.

Each passing measure depicts Man's climb through the ages. An ancient architectural code based upon the architecture of the Great Pyramid at Giza reveals the ascent of Humanity through otherwise dark times. The trumpet heralds the new Millennium... where the children shall lead. Still, we await something which has already happened... perhaps something within us. In the final movement, every tonality is explored, save one. Finally, we reach that new key, a symbol of what we wait for while carrying on our shoulders... the weight of the world. Beyond these words, it is difficult for me to describe what for me, can only be said as Music. In this work, over 11 hours of Music called STORMWORKS reaches its temporary conclusion... and its new beginning. Great Music recreates the past, reveals the ever-present, and plots the Human Adventure soon to unfold." -SLM 1997

This piece is for symphonically minded Musicians of superior ability. It was commissioned by Major Maurice Hamers and The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.
 

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Were You There? - Grade: 4 | Duration: 5:15

Were You There?

Grade: 4 | Duration: 5:15

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In the hollow of the church, this is how I hear it. Please visit the score notes.

 

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What Child is This? & O Holy Night! - 3 instruments in any key with pre-recorded background on mp3

What Child is This? & O Holy Night!

3 instruments in any key with pre-recorded background on mp3

 

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The Parts come in C, Bb, F, Eb and C Bass Clef, for any combination of 3 instruments.  The students get to play in any combination of 3 instruments, that they or you determine, with a prerecorded background sent as an mp3.

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WHEN KNIGHTS HAVE FALLEN - Grade: 4 | Duration: 5:55

WHEN KNIGHTS HAVE FALLEN

Grade: 4 | Duration: 5:55

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WHEN KNIGHTS HAVE FALLEN is not a technically difficult piece. What makes it difficult, at least in my eyes, is the need for all of those things considered "basic" to Musicianship. With Tuning and Intoning at their optimal, the player is now able to focus on drama, story-telling and sentiment.

To understand the piece more intuitively, please visit the Score and Score Notes. Godspeed!

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.


 

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WITHOUT WARNING from HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

WITHOUT WARNING from HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

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Movement 2 of this work is on the STORMJOURNEYS CD. It's first movement, Without Warning opens the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

Fasten your seatbelts! WITHOUT WARNING is fast, features everyone, and delivers maximum impact! Requires either Synth or Acoustic Jazz Bass. WITHOUT WARNING is the First Movement of a larger work entitled, HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT which has the potential of becoming a 12 minute, 3-movement work if utilizing the optional closing statement of GODSPEED!

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT is a large scale, filmic and musical portrayal of the United States Navy's Action and Adventure on the High Seas. The piece requires strong brass and percussion players and woodwind players with advanced technique.

This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD. and the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

 

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WU: Technesophia, a Dance of the Wu Li Master - Grade: 3 | Duration: 5:00

WU: Technesophia, a Dance of the Wu Li Master

Grade: 3 | Duration: 5:00

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"I am the director that commissioned "Wu" for my 7th-grade band this year. "Wu" was the best composition I've performed in 15 years of teaching. Most importantly, it will be the best purchase and teaching tool you'll give to your group - REAL music for a young ensemble! Sincerely," Andrea Runfola, Clarence, NY Andrea Runfola, Clarence, NY

Check out the "Stories" craeted below...

 

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On 18  Apr 2017, at 10:30 AM, James Byrn <jbyrnmusic@gmail.com> wrote:

Sir Stephen,

I backed into a dumpster in the park after Grayson's baseball practice on Saturday. I had to take yesterday off to get my car into the shop. I gave my students a writing assignment. The assignment was to write a story that is to be accompanied by WU. I have picked the top three stories and attached them to this e-mail. Could you please read them and pick your favorite?



1.  Sorry about your accident.

2.  I am absolutely floored by these Stories.

3.  Although, yes, I do have personal favorites… there is no way I can “decide” who who should “win.”  Why?  Because it is Music.  And Music, the same piece, has triggered all of these immensely cool thoughts!  I mean some of these should be filmed!  So, I would say this:

4.  From adversity has come coolness.  A car accident has delivered Creativity.  I think everyone should be given “the award.”

5.  Here are the honorable mentions!

Dalea:  For observing Kindness in Music.  "The Kindness in Music Award."

Carrie:  For observing that Music, like Love, exceeds the surface.  “The Nobility of Music Award.”

Rian: For creating a darned Cool Story!  “The Dance of the Wu Li Masters in Music Award."



Dalea's Dragon Story

     Once upon a time, there was a dragon with a beautiful tail. His tail was long and decorated with beautiful jewels. All the townspeople were jealous of the dragon because of his tail. They wanted to kill the dragon so that they could gain the jewels of his tail. They plotted against him and made plans.
     One day, the dragon was sleeping peacefully in his cave. All of the sudden, the townspeople rushed in with pitchforks and torches aimed towards the dragon. The dragon did not want to hurt any of the townspeople so he tried to fly away. As he took off, a pitchfork was thrown into his wing injuring him. He tried to get as far as possible, but eventually had to settle down. Luckily, the townspeople were unable to find the dragon where he had relocated. As the dragon heard the people yelling and searching for him, he began to weep. However, one townsperson suddenly emerged in front of him. Worried, he backed away and stood firm against the person. It was a little girl. The girl simply smiled full of joy and ran to the dragon to hug him. Surprised, the dragon accepted her hug and tore off a jewel from his tail to give to her. Then, he urged her to return to her family. After she had left, the dragon became sad at realizing the friend that he could have had if the girl had stayed with him.
     Suddenly, all the townspeople emerged surrounding the dragon. At first, the dragon got ready to take off, but then he saw the little girl. She waved at him excitedly telling the people how great he was. When she showed the people, they all got happy seeing how kind the dragon had been to the little girl. Because of this kind act, the townspeople decided to accept the dragon. He promised to defend their town and even offered a free jewel to each family. However, all the people denied his offer of a jewel in order to repay the damage which they had inflicted upon his tail. Instead, they bandaged his tail and helped him to heal it. Both the dragon and the townspeople helped each other to better their lives. And they all lived happily ever after.



Carrie's Warrior Story

Once upon a time, there was a great warrior. He defended the land with all of his might, defeating all who challenged him. At least he thought that he could defeat everyone. One day a beautiful woman came to challenge the warrior. He thought nothing of her because of how weak she appeared to be, and quickly dismissed her with a wave. She told him to not be deceived by appearances as she turned into a glorious dragon with jade scales.
The warrior was quick to raise his sword and fight her, however, he was quickly outmatched by the dragon. The dragon breathed flames at the warrior before he had time to raise his shield, but to his surprise the flames were not hot. When he opened his eyes, he too was a large dragon with brass scales. The sorceress dragon turned back into a beautiful woman and told the warrior, “when someone learns to love you past your appearance; then you will turn back into a man.”The dragon, grief-stricken at his predicament, stayed away from civilization for many years until everyone had thought the great warrior had died in the wars waging in the north.
However, one day a wounded young soldier came across the warrior’s hut seeking shelter. The dragon came back from his day roaming the forest to find the soldier, soundly sleeping in the warrior’s bed. He woke to a giant eye peeking through the window at him. He was surprised and afraid, but to his surprise the dragon nudged a bundle of cloth and leaves through the window. The soldier took the items and applied them to his wounds. He found he dragon to be careful and gentle and stayed with him for protection against the troops of enemy soldiers that patrolled the woods while he healed. After healing, the soldier decided to stay with the dragon, as he had grown to enjoy his company. As he told the dragon this, the dragon turned back into the warrior that he once was. As soon as he could walk and talk, the warrior enveloped the young boy into a hug and started to cry. “My son.”


Rian's Dance Story

A Dance of the Wu Li Master

   Sophie had been training for a moment exactly like this. All those years practicing martial arts and light magiks, fusing the two separate fighting styles and creating a hybrid kind of art. It was almost like dancing, according to some people. Using movement and word, she could defeat any opponent. She always had. She wasn't arrogant about it though. She learned from every opponent, finding flaws in what she did and correcting them. She was trying to become a master in her own unique art that was devoid of masters. And now, a great challenge had appeared. It was the only thing she could think of as a test to become a master. Now was the time to prove herself.
   A mysterious force has presented itself. It's been tormenting the people of the city for awhile now, but was only just found to be an actual person. A man was terrorizing the citizens, and had to be stopped. Sophie's mission was to stop this man. Intel has suggested that he has set up base in an old abandoned church, away from the city. She began her trek awhile ago, and will arrive soon. The church was even in her sight. A large, gray, gothic church, with crumbling columns and shattered windows.
   She approached the church, only to have the doors swing open by themselves. Inside, she saw a single man, standing below a statue of the churches god. It was just a large room that separated them. "Come on in," she heard him say from across the room. She didn't have any other choice really, so she did as he said.
   She approached the man and asked him,"Are you the one who's been terrorizing the citizens?" The man remained looking away and said,"Yes, that was me. I'm not afraid to admit it. I'm needed to test myself." Sophie was confused by this."What do you mean you needed to test yourself?" She inquired.
   The man stood up and turned around. When he did, she could see his eyes. They were completely black and soulless. The tips of his fingers had turned a deep purple color, and he seemed to give off a blackish mist from his feet. He smiled and said,"My name is Hei'an, and I've been waiting to for you to arrive. I've trained myself in the magiks of darkness, and through the darkness, I've seen you. I decided that defeating you would prove that I am a master of the dark magiks. So I lured you here by using our common goal; to become a master of our invented art. Do you accept my challenge?"
   Sophie could see that this man was strong, but she knew that he needed to be stopped. And he was right, she wanted to be a master, and fighting a dark magiks user, the opposite of light magik, would surely be a challenging enough feat to do it. He was smart. He knew this would work. "I accept your challenge Hei'an. What are your conditions?"
   He held up two fingers. "I have two simple rules for this. One; don't hold yourself back. Two; only one of us can leave this church alive." He grinned, eager to show his skills. "Shall we start?"
   She gave a short nod, and prepared her stance. They didn't need to speak anymore. They both knew why they were there, and both knew the stakes. Now, it was simply a matter of who has trained themselves better. He prepared himself as well. It was time.
   Sophie always thought the analogy of her fighting style to dance was as accurate as you can get. Especially since every time
She fought or sparred, a song would always play in her head. A strange song, that went always went with her movements. A song popped into her head now even. One she'd never heard, but she went along with it.
   Hei'an began swaying and chanting words. Then, a black miasma poured from his hand, enveloping his legs and making him float. They then circled around each other, each waiting for the first move. He made the first attack, shooting a clump or dark miasma at Sophie. She dodged, only to have to dodge another. Another two flew by, each only barely missing her. Then, she shot a beam of light out of her hand, colliding with a dark ball. It hung in place, both magiks trying to overpower the other. Then Hei'an shot another ball and canceled out both attacks.
   Sophie went on the offense. She shot a burst of light, temporarily blinding him, and closed the distance between them. Then she started to attack him head on, fists flying. She got a few hits in before he started retaliating. He defended himself from her rain of blows, and waited. Then, he found an opening and struck her, sending her back a little. Then Sophie charged her fist with light energy, and punched forward. Hei'an responded with his own charged fist, colliding the two between them. She panicked; she could feel him beginning to overpower her. She tried to punch while they were locked, but he matched that punch perfectly as well. Then he pushed out a sudden burst of dark magik, sending her stumbling back and giving him an opportunity. He got up close, and punched as hard as he could, sending pain through Sophie's ribs. She pulled back, stunned and out of breath.
   Hei'an took this opportunity. He rushed forward, and struck her arm. Then he punched her chest. It was a flurry of punches, some charged and some not. Then he slowed down for four punches, and uppercutted her across the room using a punch and darkness hybrid attack. She fell on the ground, unable to get up. Hei'an was disappointed. "I thought I said no holding back. I've seen you do better than this! Get up! Prove yourself worthy of the power and skill you possess!"
   The song in her head slowed down and got quiet and soft. She was face down on the floor, in too much pain to get up. She thought to herself, "Is this the end? The hero goes to save the citizens and fails? She stayed where she was. Does she even have the power left to stand up? She could feel the dark power crawling up her, destroying her will. Can she even go on?
   She opened her eyes, determined to get a view of the world before going, when she noticed something. She wasn't bleeding at all. Miasma flowed where she should be wounded. She knew what was going on, and she knew how to stop it. She radiates her light from her body, dimming the miasma. Hei'an stopped, surprised. Then she multiplied her light, blowing the miasma away and brightening her confidence again. She stood up, and looked him right in the eye. "I am worthy of my power. I honed it myself, and built on it from scratch. I made myself I to what I am today through hard work. Im not done yet Hei'an." She shot a beam of light at his feet, dispersing the darkness and bringing him back down. He tripped and fell. He got back up quickly, but she could see a spark of fear in his pitch black eyes. "I was holding back. But not any longer." She said. The music got louder again "Prepare yourself for round two!"
   Hei'an hurriedly prepare himself, then shot forward, striking harder and faster than before. She mirrored him, dodging and attacking. Then their fists collided again. This time, she didn't feel a resistance, and punched him backwards. She advanced, raining down light and strikes. He defended himself, but he was breaking.  She knew how to finish him off. She turned and stepped back a bit, then flipped around and shot a light beam forward. Hei'anan mirrored it, colliding with each other. They each pushed for dominance. Then, she seperated her hands, and hit him with another beam. Once, he was surprised. Twice, he was scared. Fourth and fifth, he was terrified. Then, one last burst threw him back, tiring him and knocking the black right out of his eyes. She walked forward, and stared down at the defeated warrior, the music in her head ending.
   "You weren't your best, I can tell. Since you violated a rule, I call this match off, and shall leave. Hone your strength, and face me again." She said. Then she walked away, finished with her mission. She was a true master of her dance.

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