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By Any Other Name


BY ANY OTHER NAME

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By Any Other Name


BY ANY OTHER NAME

SUMMARY

By Any Other Name is a show that depicts the famous Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet, but in reverse. The show begins with the death of Romeo, and proceeds goes through each major event in the story in reverse chronological order: the fight between the two houses, the chase between our lovers and the two houses through the streets of Verona, the first meeting of our two lovers, and ending with the masquerade ball.


REPERTOIRE

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
King of Pride Rock - Hans Zimmer
Medea's Dance of Vengeance - Samuel Barber
The Gravel Road - James Newton Howard
Kingfishers Catch Fire - John Mackey


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2017
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:30 (with preshow); 7:45 (without preshow)

Commissioned by the Blue Valley Southwest High School Marching Band (KS) - Mr. Ed Protzman, Director


$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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In the Wind


IN THE WIND

In the Wind


IN THE WIND

SUMMARY

In the Wind explores the concept of how the wind constantly changes and morphs, whether it's by speed or direction. As the trajectory of the show progresses, the music changes with the wind, moving back and forth between gentle zephyrs and huge gusts, culminating in a powerful climax as the wind becomes all-powerful.


REPERTOIRE

Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Night Wind - David Arkenstone
Wide Open Sky - Audiomachine
Symphony No. 8 - David Maslanka
Original music by Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2017
Difficulty: Grade 3.5/4
Duration: 7:30

Winds and front ensemble books composed by Alex Thode
Drumline book composed by Cole Williams

Commissioned by the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Band (WI) - Mr. Mike Renneke, Director


$2,250

Drumline Book included

$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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Nevermore


NEVERMORE

Nevermore


NEVERMORE

SUMMARY

Nevermore is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's famous narrative poem, "The Raven."


REPERTOIRE

Sensemaya - Silvestre Revueltas
Title from It Follows - Disasterpeace
Night on Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky
Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
The Hand of Fate, Pt. 1 - James Newton Howard


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2017
Difficulty: Grade 3.5/4
Duration: 7:30

Wind Book composed by Alex Thode
Front Ensemble and Drumline Books composed by Cole Williams

Commissioned by the Lakeside High School Marching Band (AR) - Mr. Rudy Villines, Director


$2,250

Front Ensemble and Drumline Books Included

$1,250

Wind Book


AUDIO


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Suspensions


SUSPENSIONS

Suspensions


SUSPENSIONS

SUMMARY

"Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture." - Bruce Jackson

Suspensions is a show that explores the visual idea of bridges and how they can connect things together, or divide them. But it also explores the beauty of the architecture of bridges, as showcased with Bridge Over Troubled Water. Roughly 60% of the musical book consists of suspended chord qualities and melodic motives, which is simultaneously a subtle and yet altogether not-so-subtle way of driving the concept forward.


REPERTOIRE

Fly to Paradise - Eric Whitacre
Suspensions - Alex Thode
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Asphalt Cocktail - John Mackey


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2017
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 7:35

Wind book arranged by Alex Thode
Front ensemble and drumline books arranged by Cole Williams
Electronic soundscapes and samples created by Colton Hines

Commissioned by the Greendale High School Marching Band (WI) - Mr. Tom Reifenberg, Director


$1,250

Wind Book only

$2,000

Front Ensemble and Drumline Books included

$2,500

Electronic Samples included


AUDIO


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Orpheus


ORPHEUS

Orpheus


ORPHEUS

SUMMARY

A show that takes you through the Underworld and back! Orpheus depicts Orpheus's journey, with a little embellishments built upon the original mythology, through the Underworld to rescue his beloved wife, Eurydice, after being taken by Pluto, King of the Underworld. You are taken on a ride through Orpheus battling his way through Pluto's minions until Orpheus stumbles upon Pluto. Being the God of Music, Orpheus requests through his lyre (in the show, a baritone) that Pluto return his wife to him. His virtuosic playing was so beautiful that Plato couldn't refuse, and would return his wife to him under one condition: that he would not look back at her as she followed him, until they had reached the upper world. Unfortunately, Orpheus's worries got the best of him, and in the second he looked behind himself, Eurydice was stolen away again, forever. Riddled with grief and anger, he had nothing to do but play his lyre until he passed away. The show ends with a triumphant tone, celebrating Orpheus's legacy and legend.


INSTRUMENTATION

 

WINDS
Piccolo
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2
Mellophone
Trombone
Baritone
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Synthesizer
Vibraphone
Glockenspiel
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

 

REPERTOIRE

Symphony for Brass and Percussion - Alfred Reed
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Claude Debussy
With Heart and Voice - David Gillingham
Original music by Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2016
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:35 (with pre-show); 7:50 (without pre-show)

Commissioned by the Apollo High School Marching Band (KY) - Mr. Chris Spivey, Director


$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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sYzYgY


sYzYgY

sYzYgY


sYzYgY

SUMMARY

A syzygy is a straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system. Therefore, a lunar eclipse would be classified as a syzygy. The show takes you through the different stages of a lunar eclipse, starting with a brass chorale on Side 1 of the field. Throughout the show, as the lunar eclipse progresses, the idea is for the band to gradually make their way across the field horizontally, culminating with the final brass chorale at the end of the show. These chorales can be done off-field as well. There is tons of visual potential with this show!

Part One: "Full Moon"
Part Two: "The Darkening"
Part Three: "Blood Moon"
Part Four: "The Lightening"
Part Five: "End Cycle"


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Baritone 1, 2, 3
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Timpani
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

Snareline
Tenorline
5 Bass Drums


REPERTOIRE

Original music by Alex Thode


INFORMATION

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Year Commissioned: 2016
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:50 (with brass chorales); 7:20 (without chorales)

Winds and front ensemble composed by Alex Thode
Drumline composed by Joshua Wisswell

Commissioned by the Cheney High School Marching Band (WA) - Mr. Rich Sonnemaker, Director


$2,250

Drumline Book included
(please inquire for recording)

$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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Boxed In


BOXED IN

Boxed In


BOXED IN

SUMMARY

Music boxes. Claustrophobia. Stacks, layers, and shapes. The visual possibilities are endless with what you could portray with Boxed In. This rendition features music boxes with dancers on the top that are activated by a violin solo, and in turn, the band is activated as well using the main motives from the aptly titled "Bring Me to Life." The show takes a tumultuous and unique musical journey through the 'square' rhythmic pulse of "Aha!" and the slow, simple rhythms yet complex sonorities of "Sleep." Up next is the square, box-like, dubstep-driven percussion feature "All Is Hell That Ends Well," all coming to a chaotic close with "Wine-Dark Sea" as the band itself becomes "boxed in," and there are several ways to convey this. The show then ends with an optional post-show that portrays the music box winding down...

The creative possibilities really are endless here!


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Low Brass 1, 2, 3
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Timpani
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2, 3
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

Snarline
Tenorline
5 Basses
 


REPERTOIRE

Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
Aha! - Imogen Heap
Sleep - Eric Whitacre
All Is Hell That Ends Well - Two Steps from Hell
Wine-Dark Sea - John Mackey


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2015
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:20

Wind and Front Ensemble Books composed by Alex Thode
Drumline Book composed by Ryan Galasso

Commissioned by the Greendale High School Marching Band (WI) - Mr. Tom Reifenberg, Director


$2,250

Drumline Book included
(please inquire for recording)

$1,750

Winds and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO

Version 1 contains no trumpets in the ballad, as the original commissioning ensemble had their trumpets drop their instruments and pick up baritones.

Version 2 has an alternate ballad, with trumpets!


VIDEO


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The Butterfly Effect


THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

The Butterfly Effect


THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

SUMMARY

The Butterfly Effect is a show that reflects the philosophical idea that if a butterfly flaps its wings, disaster will occur somewhere else because of that action. In the bigger picture, the show tells the story of how every action we do as humans ripples into the lives of the rest of the world, and that every person is important.

The show presents what is actually, "two shows in one." The first half of the show depicts the first cause and effect, with the cause leading to a disastrous and chaotic effect. But everything then comes to a sudden stop... everything rewinds, including the main motifs of the music, leading to a different cause and effect, with the "new" effect leading to a more joyous outcome.


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Low Brass 1, 2
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Timpani
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3


REPERTOIRE

Symphonic Metamorphosis - Paul Hindemith
A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics - James Horner
Saying Goodbye to Those You So Love - James Horner
The Butterfly Effect (original music) - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2015
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 7:45

Commissioned by the Dixie Heights High School Marching Band (KY) - Mr. Robb Duddey, Director


$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


VIDEO

NOTE: The band made a few tasteful edits, differing from the original version of the show (mp3 above) for their performances.


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Introspection


INTROSPECTION

Introspection


INTROSPECTION

SUMMARY

Introspection is a show written with original music that is based off of and inspired by "Proverb" by Steve Reich. The show is the conceptual idea of a cluster of thoughts, or your train of thought being lost and derailed, gradually consuming you to the brink of insanity. However, there is always a silver lining, as the hopeful ballad and turbulent ending depict the hard journey back to a clear mind through concentration and perseverance.

"How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life..."


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet 1, 2
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax

Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Low Brass 1, 2, 3
Tuba

2 Sopranos
2 Altos

PERCUSSION
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2

Snareline
Tenorline
5 Basses


REPERTOIRE

Proverb - Steve Reich
Introspection (original music) - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2015
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:15

Wind and Front Ensemble Books composed by Alex Thode
Drumline Book composed by Joshua Wisswell

Commissioned by the Cheney High School Marching Band (WA) - Mr. Rich Sonnemaker, Director


$2,250

Drumline Book included
(please inquire for recording)

$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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Emerald


EMERALD

Emerald


EMERALD

SUMMARY

This isn't your ordinary Wizard of Oz show...

Emerald is a unique twist on The Wizard of Oz story that focuses on the life of the citizens of the Emerald City when they come into contact with the Wicked Witch. Though everything is not as it seems... Through the clever use of sound effects, voiceovers, some astonishing visuals, and a plot twist, this field show is a new take on one of the most popular stories of all time.


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax

Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Low Brass 1, 2, 3
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Synthesizer 1, 2, 3 (can be
   reduced to 2)
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2

Snareline
Tenorline
5 Basses


REPERTOIRE

One Short Day - Stephen Schwartz
Skyfall - Adele
Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead! - Harold Arlen
Thnks fr th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy
Emerald (original music) - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2014
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 7:45

Wind and Front Ensemble Books composed by Alex Thode
Drumline Book composed by Ryan Galasso

Commissioned by the Greendale High School Marching Band (WI) - Mr. Tom Reifenberg, Director


$2,250

Drumline Book included

$1,750

Winds and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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Narcissist


NARCISSIST

Narcissist


NARCISSIST

SUMMARY

Narcissist is a show that explores the idea of narcissism and its consequences on the self and the resulting actions of others.


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Low Brass 1, 2, 3
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

Drum Set


REPERTOIRE

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
Swan Lake - Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Young and Beautiful - Lana del Rey
All By Myself - Eric Carmen
Narcissist (original music) - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2014
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 7:50

Commissioned by the Dixie Heights High School Marching Band (KY) - Mr. Robb Duddey, Director


$1,750

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


VIDEO

NOTE: The band made a few tasteful edits, differing from the original version of the show (mp3 above) for their performances.

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Outbreak (2014)


OUTBREAK (2014)

Outbreak (2014)


OUTBREAK (2014)

SUMMARY

Outbreak is a show inspired by zombies!


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Trombone 1, 2
Baritone
Tuba

Oboe (solo)
Bassoon (solo)

PERCUSSION
Timpani
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

Snareline
Tenorline
5 Basses


REPERTOIRE

The Walking Dead Theme - Bear McCreary
Toccata and Fugue - Johann Sebastian Bach
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Lux Aeterna - Clint Mansell
Lacrimosa in D Minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Zombie - The Cranberries
Dies Irae - Giuseppe Verdi
Outbreak (2014) [original music] - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2014
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 7:15

Commissioned by the Saginaw High School Marching Band (TX) - Mr. Matthew Pearson, Director


$1,500

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO


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Revolution


REVOLUTION

Revolution


REVOLUTION

SUMMARY

Revolution is a show based on different social revolutions that have happened in recent United States history. Throughout the course of the show, there are several voiceovers from famous speeches by people like Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, and others. 


INSTRUMENTATION

WINDS
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Mellophone
Trombone 1, 2
Euphonium
Tuba

Viola (solo)
Cello (solo)

PERCUSSION
Timpani
Synthesizer 1, 2
Vibraphone 1, 2
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

Electric Bass

Snareline
Tenorline
5 Basses


REPERTOIRE

I Dreamed a Dream - Claude-Michel Schönberg
Do You Hear the People Sing? - Claude-Michel Schönberg
The Prayer - David Foster
Revolution (original music) - Alex Thode


Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.


INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2013
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:05

Commissioned by the Greendale High School Marching Band (WI) - Mr. Tom Reifenberg, Director


$2,000

Drumline Book included

$1,500

Wind and Front Ensemble Books


AUDIO