Each issue contains generally four or five titles per package. The American Band Journal encompasses grades 3 through 7 in today’s musical curriculum and is a valuable medium through which school and church music directors can obtain quality intermediate and advanced arrangements.
Originally conceived for the traditional British brass band (all parts in treble clef), F, C treble and bass clef parts later appeared and are now available to accommodate a variety of instrumental combinations.
Nine musicians may adequately present this music:
– two first cornets (because of frequent use of divisi)
– one second cornet
– two horns
– two trombones
– one euphonium
– one tuba
Although the instrumentation appears to be limited, there is much contrast in scoring, making full use of the available colors or timbres in the brass idiom. While performance is possible with as few as nine, this music is equally convincing when played by a full complement, as demonstrated in recordings by many world-renowned bands.
The optional parts, Eb soprano, Bb flugel horn, Bb baritone, bass trombone and percussion are included in the score.
The music is complete without these parts, however, their use will enhance the performance as long as the basic parts are covered.
Each item in the American Band Journal is well suited for educational purposes and concert repertoire, but the primary aim for much of this music is church worship services.
Each selection embraces a well-known hymn or patriotic song, however, composers often have titled their works programmatically or commemoratively, thus resulting in the fact that titles may not include the name of the hymn.
The American Band Journal is produced biannually. The spring issue offers differing styles of music for year-round concerts and programs, but the fall issue focuses solely on Christmas repertoire and has been extremely helpful in providing fresh, quality repertoire for the host of concerts given by schools, churches and communities during the Christmas season.
The American Band Journal can be purchased through US Trade.