Americana & Patriotic Music

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FANFARE: WELCOME HOME

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition dedicated to all who have seen foreign service, both military and civilian. This fanfare for brass and percussion only begins and ends heroically, with a more reverential section of remembrance in the middle.
Instrumentation:0/0/0/0 - 4/4(or 3)/3/1 - Timp, Sn Dr., Field Dr., Bass Drum. (+ Optional herald trumpets in the finale)
Duration:3:05
Rental Fee:$100/+$50/+$25 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: This work was premiered by The Gulf Coast Symphony of Mississippi on May 29, 2010.

FANFARE FOR FREEDOM

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition by Robert Wendel, rapidly becoming an often-programmed opener for Memorial Day and 4th of July concerts with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani, and pealing bells! Now having had over 250 performances to date, this has truly become a new part of the standard repertory.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, opt piano, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: This work served as the July 4th Concert opener for the Atlanta Symphony 7 years in a row, was conducted by Erich Kunzel numerous times in Cincinnati, Naples, and on tour, and has been frequently performed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day across the country every year.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

by Tracey Rush
Description: Commissioned and premiered by the Dubuque Symphony in 1997, this work has had many performances since then. Now Tracey has gone back and made some revisions, especially in the finale, and added an optional 4th trumpet for more excitement than ever. This one will definitely get your audience cheering and waving their flags and we are proud to now be your source for this newly revised classic!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3(4)/3/1 - Timp, 3 perc and strings.
Duration:3:35
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE ARMED FORCES MARCH

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A salute to the personnel of our Armed Forces: The Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force, with a tag from the Star Spangled Banner. Perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th Concerts.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 Percussion, and strings
Duration:3:15
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

COMMEMORATION

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original work by Robert Wendel that is a sort of "double trumpet voluntary" suitable for any occasion of importance or remembrance. Starting as almost a funeral march, it builds slowly and relentlessly to a life-affirming conclusion.
Instrumentation2+picc/1 + E. Hrn/2/2 - 4/2,3,or 4 Trumpets/3/1 Timpani, 2-3 percussion, optional organ, and strings
Duration:3:45
Comments: "...a penetrating work." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Notes: Though composed and premiered in 2000 to remember the unexpected passing of two long-time friends, Commemoration was performed numerous times around the country in the months following the 9-11 attack, most notably on a 7 city tour by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. It was also played at the Kennedy Space center launch pad in a memorial concert for the Challenger Astronauts and was featured on the 2006 National Memorial Day Concert to mark the opening of the WW II memorial, telecast Nationally May 28th & 29th on PBS with Erich Kunzel conducting the National Symphony, again as part of the Lincoln Tribute on the 2009 live telecast, again on the 2011 telecast for Gen. Colin Powell's welcoming home of our troops, and was again featured in the 2017 concert conducted by Jack Everly to honor the Tuskeegee Air Men and veterans of WWII.
This work has been recorded by Sean O'Boyle & The Tasmanian Symphony for ABC Classics, and a CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

AMERICAN HYMN

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: Nancy Bloomer Deussen's newest work for orchestra is a stirring tribute to America, beginning almost pensively, but building to a stirring climax. World Premiere by The Diablo Symphony conducted by Joyce Johnson-Hamilton on July 1, 2, and 3, 2005. It carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3-4 perc - Harp, and strings.
Duration:5:25
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This work has been recorded by Robert Ian Winston and The Kiev Philharmonic for ERM Media.

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

by Richard Chiarappa, Jr.
Description: A new inspirational setting of Lincoln's famous speech for narrator and orchestra by conductor/composer Richard Chiarappa, Jr. The music follows the text most effectively yet requires little rehearsal to coordinate with the speaker.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, strings, and narrator.
Duration:3:55
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

ONE OF US

A Tribute To Gerald R Ford
By: David Culross
Description: A tribute to Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of The United States, for narrator and orchestra. Now available in plenty of time for the 100th anniversary of his birth on July 14th. 2013 and the commissioning of the new aircraft carrier named for him in 2015, it is both stirring and touching in its telling of the history of the man who became President during a crisis in our history.
Comments: Commissioned and premiered by The Grand Rapids Symphony.
Instrumentation:3 (3rd dbl Picc)/2+EHn/2+BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3 Perc - Harp, Piano, Strings and Narrator.
Duration:8 minutes
Rental Fee:$250/+$125/+$62.50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

CELEBRATION

by Christopher Tyler Nickel
Description: A new and exciting composition full of shifting rhythms in contrasting fanfare-like and pastoral passages. This work by award-winning Canadian composer Christopher Tyler Nickel will surely delight both your audiences and musicians.
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3 perc & Strings
Duration:3:15
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical journey across the USA including America The Beautiful with San Francisco, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Meet Me In Saint Louis, The Tennessee Waltz, Chicago (That Toddlin' Town), My Old Kentucky Home, Georgia On My Mind, Carolina In The Morning, and New York, New York with a finale orchestrated to withstand fireworks if you want to end with a "bang!" A favorite of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:9:10
Rental Fee:$360/+$180/+$90 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This selection usually "sells out" between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so please reserve your copy early!

AN OLD FASHIONED SUMMER

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical "recollection" of summer in simpler times. Includes: School Days, In The Good Old SummerTime, Sidewalks Of New York, Bicycle Built For Two, Take Me Out To The Ball Game and By The Sea in a concert-overture setting.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

"UNDER THE BIG TOP"

by Robert Wendel
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Description: Bring on the trapeze artists, the elephants, dogs and ponies and, of course, the clowns! They are all here in this new medley that's sure to be fun for all!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1 Timpani, 3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:25
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Commissioned by The Houston Symphony and Michael Krajewski. Premiered May 24th, 2006.

"WHEN TV WAS YOUNG"

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description Includes the themes from Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Honeymooners, The Lone Ranger, I Love Lucy, and the "N-B-C" signature!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:40 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

BACK TO THE FIFTIES!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A great nostalgia trip through the ever-changing music of the 50's including "Mister Sandman", "The Great Pretender", Academy-Award winning "Que Sera-Sera", "Sh-Boom Sh-Boom", and the original 'party' song, "Tequila!"
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2[2nd doubles tenor sax]/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, opt piano, and strings
Duration:5:45 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The hit song by Bill Haley and His Comets that started the whole Rock-and-Roll phenomenon, with interruptions by Mozart, Beethoven, and the 1812 Overture!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:00 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

REEL KOOL

Arr.: David Culross
Description: Be it a Celtic, Scottish, or American Country theme, this medley of "Reel Saint-Joseph" and "Reel Saint-Antoine" for 2 violins and orchestra will have toes tapping and hands clapping. Add Irish or clog dancers too if you wish... just have fun with this one!
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3 and strings with 2 solo violins.
Duration:Approximately 3:05
Rental Fee:$180/+$90/+$45 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

TAKE FLIGHT

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight, this work celebrates everyone who dares to dream.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

A GEORGE M. COHAN OVERTURE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Give My Regards To Broadway, Mary, Harrigan, Over There, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and You're A Grand Old Flag in a hand-clapping arrangement.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:30
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: The recording of this work has been used repeatedly on the NBC "Today" show for commercial bumpers.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

A GEORGE M. COHAN OVERTURE (Vocal Version)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Similar to the above, but in different keys for singers. Vocal parts available: Mezzo and/or Baritone soloists, or SATB chorus. Please specify which version when ordering.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 Percussion, and strings
Duration:6:10
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each). 50 chorus books are included. Extra books are available at 50¢ rental each.

STEPHEN FOSTER OVERTURE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Oh! Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair, Swannee River, Beautiful Dreamer, and Camptown Races with nods to Dvorak's Humoresque" and Rossini's "William Tell" along the way and no banjo!
Comments: "...it was not only clever, but fresh and entertaining...a superb arrangement." — The Portland Press Herald
"based on well-known tunes by the man known as the 'father of American music,' was one of the strengths of the program. It was both cohesive and emotive." — The Columbus Dispatch. 6/30/12
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:00
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

RIDE OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition based on the Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. Creepy sounds of the foggy forrest, the clock strikes midnight, the horse rears up, and the chase is on until the Headless Horseman traps Ichabod Crane on the covered bridge and "the deed is done!"
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap set, Mark Tree, Xylophone, Glock, Chimes, Tam-Tam, Triangle, Piatti and Bass Drum, Harp, and Strings
Duration:5:15
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

THE TALL SHIPS

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original tone picture by Robert Wendel that evokes the spirit of the early maritime explorers, the wind in the sails, sea chanties, and waves crashing on the ship's bow.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, Celeste and strings
Duration:5:55
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: "Robert Wendel's 'The Tall Ships' proved a cinematic extravaganza, the soundtrack for tall ships sailed by old salts." - JEFFREY KACZMARCZYK, The GR Press July 29,2011
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

TOWERS OF LIGHT - An Elegy for Orchestra

by Robert Wendel
Description: This work was inspired by memories and impressions of the annual light tributes held at "Ground Zero" in NYC every year. It depicts the Hudson River at sunset and the Manhattan skyline playing with light. As darkness descends, the light "towers" gradually appear, reaching ever upwards. Dust, clouds, and smoke swirl within the light columns, as if ascending towards the infinite. Finally, gradually, the light towers fade into morning twilight, not to be seen for another year.
Instrumentation:2/2(2d EH)/2/2 - 2(or 4)/0/0/0 - timp, 2 perc, celeste, harp, and strings
Duration:7:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This work placed 4th nationally in the 2011 "American Prize for Orchestral Composition."
Notes: The RSO gave this mournful contemporary work an exquisite interpretation, and the audience, held in its spell, respectfully waited a couple of beats before they applauded. - Libby Parker, The Rockford Register Star Review, 7/5/2011
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

A FIELD IN PENNSYLVANIA

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: In moving tribute to the passengers and crew of UA Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, PA, Nancy Bloomer Deussen brings us a work of passion, reflection and triumph.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+E Hn/2+B Cl./2 - 4/3/2/1 - Timp, 3 percussion and strings.
Duration:7:10
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

CARMEL BY-THE-SEA

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: This hauntingly beautiful work is a musical watercolor which depicts the beautiful seaside town of Carmel by-the-Sea, CA.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 2/1/0/0 - perc - and strings.
Duration:9:00
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This work has been recorded by Sean O'Boyle & The Tasmanian Symphony for ABC Classics.

ASCENT TO VICTORY

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: Commissioned to honor the Special Olympics. The work begins with the dreaming and contemplated possibilities of the Special Olympian and then proceeds to the actual training section and finally, the victory.
Instrumentation:1/1/2/1 - 2/1/0/0 - Timp/perc - and strings.
Duration:8:10
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE SAINT LOUIS BLUES

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: An all new, down and dirty version of an American classic starting with a simple "strip" beat and ending in an all-stops-out finale.
Comments: "...the piece de resistance...a deliciously decadent arrangement" — The Columbus Dispatch
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

REFLECTIONS ON THE HUDSON

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: The work was composed while the composer sat on a park bench overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan. It depicts both internal reflections as well as actual reflections in the water. It has no specific program and its meaning can be found in the feelings it produces in the listener.
Instrumentation:2[1 d picc]/2[1 d E Hrn]/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/perc - Harp, Celeste and strings.
Duration:10:30
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

TRINITY ALPS

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: A musical picture of California's 2nd largest wilderness area of mountains, glaciers, deep forests, and hiking trails to total solitude and grandeur. Premiered by Emily Ray and The Mission Chamber Orchestra.
Instrumentation:2(2 dbl picc)/2/2/2 - 2/2/0/0 - Timp, 2 percussion and strings.
Duration:10:30
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Winner of the 2010 Holyoke Orchestral Competition.
Notes:Finalist in the 2012 American Prize for Orchestral Composition.

SAINT BAILEY'S RAG

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A Dixieland-style march made from When the Saint's Go Marching In, Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey, and 12th Street Rag. A perennial Cincinnati Pops Encore!
Comments: "...[he] threw in everything but the kitchen sink...great fun!" — The Portland Press Herald
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The famous fiddler's tune about an old time steam train with bits of Choo-Choo Charlie, Flight of the Bumble Bee, I've Been Working On The RailRoad, and Chattanooga Choo-Choo.
Comments: "I believe the hit of the evening was the "Orange Blossom Special", featuring the country music style of the "fiddle section" of the orchestra." — The Rapid City Journal
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:10
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE ORIGINAL RAGTIME BAND

by Berlin & Joplin, arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Celebrate the birth of Ragtime with Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band in combination with Joplin's Ragtime Dance, The Entertainer, and of course, The Maple Leaf Rag.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, piano, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

PROTEST & HOPE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of some of the 60's favorite folk songs will bring back many memories and can be used as an "impromptu" sing-along. It is also a great tribute to the late Pete Seeger.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

SWING, LUDWIG, SWING!

by Robert Wendel
Description: Here is a salute to Beethoven's 5th and 9th Symphonies in the style of Benny Goodman's swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing." For some 2 decades now, this selection has never failed to bring audiences to their feet yelling and cheering (and asking where they can buy the track!) which is now available on Amazon.com.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

THEME FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description A stand-alone arrangement of the hit song by Kander and Ebb, this selection is also very much at home as part of a tribute to Frank Sinatra!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

VIRGINIA, 1861

for SATB Chorus, Children's Choir & Orchestra      Words adapted from Herman Melville and James Joyce.
by Robert Wendel
 
Description: For the sesquicentennial of The Civil War, this work is based on an 1861 Civil War poem by Herman Melville and a 1907 poem by James Joyce. It is alternatively angry and joyous, pensive and hopeful, warlike, but fundamentally a plea for peace. Though generally employing a more traditional and "accessible" musical language, this work is often very untraditional in its content.
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2+BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1+Opt Euph. - timp + 3 perc, harp, piano/celeste, strings, SATB chorus, Boys [or childrens] Choir.
Duration:approximately 15 minutes.
Notes: World premiere May 9, 2015 by The Northern Neck Symphony, Guy Hayden conducting.

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