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Superior Bands in 16 Weeks

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This book may be used in several settings including large and chamber ensembles, and group and private instruction. Following the sixteen-week calendar in Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks will help you to develop greater skills in tone production, intonation, balance (blend), and technique.

The Philosophy Behind Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks
Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks follows a systematic format that covers Tone, Intonation, Balance, and Technique over a sixteen-week period.

Often, directors begin the school year immediately focusing on music for their fall concerts. This concept of drilling music may make for a successful concert, but leaves students with much to learn about the fundamentals of music making.

Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks focuses on the balance of music and technique throughout the school year. During the first few months of school, directors should analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the ensemble and focus on improving the weaknesses. For example, if the ensemble has problems with pitch and intonation, Superior Bands can be used to strengthen these issues. By using this all-inclusive approach, directors will spend more time working on fundamental issues at the beginning of the year, leaving the remainder of the year open for great music making.

Direct Impact on Adjudication Score Sheets
Superior Bands was designed to have specific application to festival and adjudication performances. Performing ensembles are usually evaluated on the following criteria at festivals and contests.


One Book
provides systematic approaches to the following issues:
  • Chorales for work on balance
  • Chromatic warm-ups and lip-flexibility exercises

  • Includes intonation tests, pitch tendencies, and suggestions for improving pitch specific to each individual instrument

  • Balance Pyramid for proper blending and balance
  • Warm-ups and tuning chorales TECHNIQUE
  • Scales in seconds and thirds, arpeggios, and chromatic scales
  • Breath control exercises

  • Unlike any other book of its kind, this system incorporates progressive percussion rudiments throughout

  • Notes to the director and student based on years of experience

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    Catalog: BB204
    Publisher: FJH
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  • SKU:  ae00-8751^BB204
    Manufacturer Part #:  BB204

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