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Notes Concerning Music for the Season

MUSIC IDEAS FOR THIS FALL

Music ideas for this 107th season are in the final planning stages. We have several terrific possibilities - we are just trying to decide which tunes are best for which halftime shows. Possible ideas for this season include a full-blown "fiery Latin show" with great arrangements of the great Stan Kenton and drum corps charts "Malague퀌?a" and a new arrangement of "La Suerte de los Tontos" (which is actually old - but we will explain that when you get here!) as well as old favorite "Camino Real" are on the radar. Also we are planning a classic John Williams Olympic Fanfare and Theme to commemorate the 2008 Summer Olympics. Another exciting new high-energy John Hendricks arrangement is in the works as well as Chris Nichter's latest offerings. Some "classic rock" from several decades, a couple of powerful and sultry jazz tunes such as "Harlem Nocturne" and the Blue Devils classic "Since I Fell For You" and the WVU Band's "fan favorite" - the patriotic show - complete with the "big flag" are also sure to materialize. These, along with several other new selections, should make this season very exciting! Plus, we are working on several new tunes and short "ditties" to make playing in the stands even more enjoyable and more interactive for our fans!!

PART DISTRIBUTION

All instrumentalists (except drumline) will find copies of the pregame music included with this mailing. You MUST look over these parts before camp!!!!

Many of you will find that parts have been tentatively assigned. Now before you say, "Well, I should be playing a higher part," please realize and understand that we had to assign parts in a very broad and generalized manner. Several of you (freshman music majors) were accepted into the band without us really getting a chance to hear you play. Therefore, we just tentatively assigned parts to many new members - "vets" are receiving music of the same part they played last season. EXACT PARTS WILL BE ASSIGNED AT CAMP, which means that several of you may be switched. Even though you may end up playing a different part at camp, you can still get an idea of how the tunes go by looking over the music that has been mailed to you.

Please also remember that everyone can not play the 1st part. In fact, for a balanced band, we must have many of you on the lower (and just as important) parts. For example, if we have 70 Trumpet players (hint hint) - almost 35 should be playing the 3rd part to balance the 2nds and 1sts. Please keep this in mind.

*PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING ALL THIS MUSIC TO CAMP! WE CANNOT AFFORD TO RE-PHOTOCOPY THIS MUSIC FOR A FEW FORGETFUL AND DISORGANIZED INDIVIDUALS!!

MEMORIZING MUSIC

Because we learn so many tunes throughout the season, band members are often required to memorize music. With the music "under your fingers", more concentration can be directed towards marching and performing. We are requesting that you have ALL of the pregame music memorized by camp. EVERYONE needs to take this seriously. Vets - How can you not have pregame memorized? It is amazing how much better the band marches when the music is memorized! If you have trouble memorizing music, please work on it. If you need help on this - please ask at camp. Your section or assistant section leader would be glad to assist you and give you some tips to help improve your skills.

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