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#1 LKendrick

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:45 AM

There's a pretty fun thread like this on DCP that's a fun off season discussion topic.  So why not do a high school version?  Basically just list some music you'd like to hear a certain high school play.  I stuck to ones that seem to have a very clear niche or type of music they play.  

 

Cedar Park:

 

 

Listen to those opening/closing strains and tell me you wouldn't kill to hear Cedar Parks sublime brass play that?  Nough said.   

 

Cedar Ridge:

 

 

Ironically played by them.  Haha.  They based their drum feature around a pretty fantastic percussion ensemble piece by the same composer Jacob Remmington in 2016, I'd love to hear them use more literature from that idiom.  Because their percussion is of course second to pretty much none as a full ensemble.  Some of the absolute best ensemble percussion playing going on in the HS and even College World right now.  They're being taught by master teachers.  

 

Flower Mound:

 

 

Okay, this would have been something to use in 2016s show for sure.  But that doesn't discount the fact that they do epic music REALLY well.  

 

Hendrickson:

 

 

This is of course sacred ground for Texas High School Bands (LD Bell 2007) but I've been killing to hear it again and for some reason I think Hendrickson would be just right.  



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:46 AM

Keller:

 

 

Yes, it has been used quite a bit as of late.  But I haven't heard a version of it that I think has used it in its full potential besides a tag at the end of a show.  Keller has shown the last two years they do big, beautiful, and accessible really well and that is written all over this John Mackey work.  

 

Leander:

 

 

Okay...maybe not this piece in particular.  But I absolutely adore what they've done with Phillip Glass and music with a very minimalist tone, and I think Steve Reich is RIGHT up their alley.  I hope they keep being super fresh in their musical choices.  I love it.  A ton.  

 

Marcus:

 

 

One of my favorite high school musical moments of recent memory is Cedar Parks use of this in 2015.  I could totally see Marcus using the whole thing, building a show around it, and being totally faithful and performing it pretty impeccably.  Their attention to detail would REALLY make this shine.  

 

North Shore:

 

 

North Shore has one of my favorite things, a brass section that pumps out that HUGE drum corps-esque brass ensemble sound.  I can definitely hear them doing the end of this as a closer after how they did Elsa's in 2015 and Great Gate in 2016.  



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:47 AM

Vandegrift:

 

 

I'm pretty shocked this hasn't been used more.  And given Vandegrift's incredible delicacy and intricacy their brass section plays with, I think this would make a pretty incredible ballad for them.  

 

The Woodlands:

 

 

They have killer brass, I'd love to hear them take on some Paul-Lovatt Cooper.  



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:02 PM

I want to see a band with Balmages's Summer Dances as an opener.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:01 AM

Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, as a closer

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:28 AM

I think Pavarotti - Vesti La Giubba would be a cool piece for a band to play  :)



#7 LeanderMomma

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:59 PM

I think an entire show centered around amazing video game music would be awesome. The music is phenomenal in video games, and the themes a band could base on the gaming industry are practically unlimited! Come on TX BANDS, one of y'all DO IT! :)

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:28 AM

I would love to hear balmages's "Moscow, 1941". That is an amazing piece, although fairly easy.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:28 AM

Oh man the power of that song would be awesome!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:00 PM

I think an entire show centered around amazing video game music would be awesome. The music is phenomenal in video games, and the themes a band could base on the gaming industry are practically unlimited! Come on TX BANDS, one of y'all DO IT! :)


(I just saw this because I was a slacker over the summer).

If there is a treasure trove of untouched amazing music it's from video games. Now I'm gonna have to go find my favorite stuff and post it on here.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:44 PM

(I just saw this because I was a slacker over the summer).

If there is a treasure trove of untouched amazing music it's from video games. Now I'm gonna have to go find my favorite stuff and post it on here.

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Ha ha!  I even emailed my "idea" to the Leander directors last Spring but I don't think they were interested.   :lol:  (I'm sure they rolled their eyes because you just gotta KNOW they get TONS of unsolicited advice from band parents).  

 

But seriously, my girls are video game freaks and my youngest (who is 18) has even purchased video game sound tracks because she loves the music SO much.  And I admit that I do as well.  (My son in law is a graphic artist at Bethesda studios so video games are a big topic in our household!).  

 

There is a weekly program on our local radio station (Austin's classical station KMFA) that focuses on film score music which I just love, and every now and then he will do a program based on video game music.  There is some incredible video game music out there....I just don't know if people realize that!



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

I think an entire show centered around amazing video game music would be awesome. The music is phenomenal in video games, and the themes a band could base on the gaming industry are practically unlimited! Come on TX BANDS, one of y'all DO IT! :)


This is aging me quite a bit, but Westfield did an entire Final Fantasy show in 2004, the year after they won GN. It was one of my favorite shows, but unfortunately I can't find a video of it anywhere.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:13 PM

Daniel and I have both been known to gush profusely anytime a band performs video game charts.  Especially if it's Final Fantasy music.

I remember sitting in my room at 9 years old "streaming" the music from Final Fantasy VI onto a casette tape so I could listen to it on my Sony Walkman (True 90s kid right here).


Westfield 2004 has long been one of my favorites (as well as 2005 where they mixed Uematsu's work with Eric Whitacre).  Other bands/corps that have done final fantasy music:

Cedar Ridge 2010 (their 1st year open...they did music from FF8 and FF13)
Blue Stars 2005 - Pixelation (mostly music from FF8)
Colleyville Heritage 2016 (a selection from FF7 and FF12)
A band from Indiana (It was either Ben Davis or Lake Central or something around 2010....they did music from FF7 as well)

There have been a few others I've seen.  I'd have to look over old blogs to find more.

There was an open class corps that did a chart from Chrono Cross not too long ago as well.  I think it was 7th Regiment or Lancers?  I can't remember....


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:16 PM

Ha ha!  I even emailed my "idea" to the Leander directors last Spring but I don't think they were interested.   :lol:  (I'm sure they rolled their eyes because you just gotta KNOW they get TONS of unsolicited advice from band parents).  

 

But seriously, my girls are video game freaks and my youngest (who is 18) has even purchased video game sound tracks because she loves the music SO much.  And I admit that I do as well.  (My son in law is a graphic artist at Bethesda studios so video games are a big topic in our household!).  

 

There is a weekly program on our local radio station (Austin's classical station KMFA) that focuses on film score music which I just love, and every now and then he will do a program based on video game music.  There is some incredible video game music out there....I just don't know if people realize that!

 

I'm also a video game freak, there's some seriously awesome stuff out there.  Two off the top of my head that I think would translate well in addition to the Christopher Tin one in my original post:

 

 

 

I think the Journey soundtrack, the game itself in terms of story, and the visual aesthetic would make for an incredible show but that's just me.  



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:30 PM

I'm also a video game freak, there's some seriously awesome stuff out there.  

 

 

Do you play Fallout 4 at all?  My son-in-law did a lot of the art in that game.  <proud momma-in-law moment>

 

But I'm so glad someone agrees with me that we need a band to do a video game storyline for a marching show!!!   :D



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:57 PM

My band has a Final Fantasy piece in it this year.

#17 LeanderMomma

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:04 PM

My band has a Final Fantasy piece in it this year.


I'm looking forward to hearing your band this fall. Which competitions will y'all be at?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:07 PM

BOA mcallen, Judson rocket review, UIL, and BOA SA.

PS. This is also our first time going to more than one BOA contest.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:57 PM

Do you play Fallout 4 at all? My son-in-law did a lot of the art in that game. <proud momma-in-law moment>

But I'm so glad someone agrees with me that we need a band to do a video game storyline for a marching show!!! :D


I love love love Fallout, and yes I've played through Fallout 4......more than once. That is pretty awesome!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:39 AM

I love love love Fallout, and yes I've played through Fallout 4......more than once. That is pretty awesome!


He's a pretty talented guy. Super proud of him!

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