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Beginner Solos

1st and 2nd year students; limited difficulty and range

Great Scott

composer: Niehaus, Lennie
title: Great Scott
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: c’’
description: This brief solo (1:30 duration) will definitely be attractive to the young player. It features a syncopated melody in a simple key and a limited range. The main syncopated rhythm is used throughout the piece, thus simplifying the learning process. It is marked “playfully”, and would be appropriately fun for the Beginner.
 

Fanflairs

composer: Niehaus, Lennie
title: Fanflairs
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: d’’
description: Fanflairs features a light, march-like melody which returns several times throughout the work. Its technical requirements are consistent with those found in the solos often included in the back of beginner band method books. The range, technique, and rhythm are all fairly limited while it remains very attractive. (2:15)
 

Appalachian Waltz

composer: Niehaus, Lennie
title: Appalachian Waltz
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: c’’
description: This piece is well-suited for the young player. It consists of a “catchy” melody set with limited range, technical requirements, and length (2:15). The “folk” character of the melody will be well received by students and its simplicity will make it doubly attractive.
 

Allegretto

composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (arr. Paul Stouffer)
title: Allegretto
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: e’’
description: This simple, charming piece, although not labeled as a dance, resembles a minuet (a dance from the 17th century in 3/4 meter similar to a slow waltz). If the student will remember to “dance”, the piece should flow more easily. The Allegretto consists of a minuet-like section, a contrasting section, and a repeat of the “minuet”. The technical requirements of the work are consistent with the simple solos found in many beginner band method books. (2:15)
 

Andante and Allegro

composer: Mirante, Thomas
title: Andante and Allegro
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: d’’
description: This is a well-written piece suitable for 1st and 2nd year players. Very interesting “jazzy” harmonies a little like Gershwin are featured throughout, adding lots of interest. The piece consists of a slow, lyrical section and a faster, livelier section, ending with a repeat of the slower material. Try this one – it’s really great! (2:55)
 

A Trumpeter's Serenade

composer: Henderson, Kenneth
title: A Trumpeter's Serenade
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner
range: d’’
description: As might be expected from the title, this piece features a lyrical melody throughout its 2:45 minutes. It is simple and sweet, its only difficulty for a beginner being that it ventures up to d’’ and e’’ several times with little rest time included.
 

Country Dance

composer: Haydn, Franz Joseph (arr. by Paul M. Stouffer)
title: Country Dance
publisher: Kendor
level: Beginner/Junior High
range: d’’
description: This short (1:30) classical dance in 3/4 time features a lively, simple melody. Its technical requirements may be a little quick for the beginner, and the lack of rest may not be appropriate for some beginners, but it is definitely accessible and attractive to the 2nd year student.
 

Mark 1-0

composer: Ellis, Merrill
title: Mark 1-0
publisher: Southern Music
level: Beginner
range: d’’
description: This is a beautiful, lyrical solo in a very accessible modern style designed specifically for a beginner. It was written for a student named “Mark” with a physical problem in which he could only use one finger; therefore, all notes are played on 1st valve or open – hence the title “Mark (the boy) 1-0”. In its simplicity, it is a very pretty and rewarding piece.
 

Rondino

composer: Delgiudice, Michel
title: Rondino
publisher: Leduc
level: Beginner
range: e’’ (optional up to g’’)
description: Without meaning to sound “sexist,” this piece is a favorite of my beginner boys, but not the girls! The title translates “little Rondo” which means that the march-like main melody keeps coming back “around.” This also means that once the student has learned the theme, he has learned most of the piece, for the return of the melody features only slight variation. The contrasting section features a simple, trumpet fanfare-like theme.
 

Lyra

composer: Cook, Vander
title: Lyra
publisher: Rubank
level: Beginner
range: d’’
description: This is a standard, old solo from a series of young student solos done by Mr. Cook, all of which bear names from astronomy. It begins with a slow melodic section followed by a march-like section. The second melodic section offers the opportunity to explore the “cornet” style, and the piece ends with a “ta da.”
 

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