Randall D. Standridge

Composer - Arranger - Drill Designer - Colorguard - Educator - Artist - Writer

Concert Band Music - All Grades

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GRADE 1


Armory

A fast, industrial sounding concert opener for young band.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Battlesong

A furious, percussion driven concert opener for young players. *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2012.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Christmas Fanfare

An exciting setting of "In Excelsis Deo" and "Deck the Halls," perfect for your beginning band's first Christmas concert.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011.  (Wingert-Jones)


In the Court of the King

A delightful young band piece in a renaissance dance style.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013.  (Grand Mesa Music)


IronHeart

An energetic concert opener featuring creative scale alterations and majestic themes.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  *Performed at the 2014 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Alfred Music)


A Joyous Christmas

This delightful mash-up of Joy to the World and Beethoven's Ode to Joy would be the perfect addition to your next holiday concert!   *JW Pepper Editor's Choice 2015.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Skygazer Fanfare

A powerful fanfare with pop's orchestra overtones for young players.  Commissioned by the Albemarle County Honor Band of Albemarle County, Virginia.  *JW Pepper Editor's Choice 2015.  (Alfred Music)


GRADE 2


Adrenaline Engines

Mixed-Meter, Thundering Percussion, and a pop's sensibility make this concert work a truly exciting experience for audiences and students alike.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2010.  (Grand Mesa Music)

Commissioned by the 2009 Arkansas Small Band Association All-Star Band.


Afterburn

Motivic development of triumphant themes and creative use of percussion and woodwind textures have made this work a favorite of bands world-wide.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2009.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Aggressivo

Developing two rhythmic motives and pitting them against each other, this aggressive, dissonant work will be sure to excite your students.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013/ Performed at the 2013 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Angelic Celebrations

Majestic themes, dance-like rhythms, and the use of synthesizer give this work a unique sound and feel.  Commissioned by the Southern Maine Music Academy Consortium.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  *Performed at the 2014 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Brave Spirit

Commissioned by Cuthbertson Middle School in North Carolina as part of a cross-curricular multi-cultural school project, this authentic work captures the spirit of Chinese music beautifully with the use of a pentatonic scale, synthesized mandolin, and solos for flute and piccolo.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015  (Grand Mesa Music)


Brighton Camp - Regimental March

Combining the themes of "The Girl I Left Behind Me," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," and "The Cruel War," this American folk-song march is a poignant, yet fun addition to any concert.  Performed at the 2012 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


A Carmen Christmas

Christmas goes to the opera in this delightful mash up of holiday favorites and themes from Bizet's beloved masterwork!    (FJH Music).


Christmas at the Circus

Themes from "Thunder and Blazes" are combined with familiar Christmas carols in this clever arrangement, perfect for your next holiday concert.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  (FJH Music)


Darklands March

The first movement of Standridge's "Darklands Suite", this march walks a fine line between a dark, brooding sound and regal melodies.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Fields of Clover

A clarinet choir begins this lyrical work, inspired by the composer's love of Irish music.  

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2006.  Bandworld's 2005 Top 100 Band Pieces.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Extremis*

This aggressive work will make a dramatic musical statement at any concert!  Trombone glissandi, extended chime effects, and tribal chanting combine to create a dark, brooding soundscape that will keep your audience and players on the edge of their seats.  Perfect for opening or closing your next concert, this is truly "extreme."  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015.  Performed at the 2015 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (FJH Music).


Gadget

Quirky percussion, pointillistic winds, and interesting textures are used to create this musical gizmo that strikes a balance between innovation and accessibility.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2012.  (Grand Mesa Music)

Performed at the 2012 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.


Grace

A truly unique setting of the familiar hymn, the composer has taken fragments of "Amazing Grace" and reorganized them into new melodies, building until the hymn is revealed at the climax of the work.  Commissioned by the 2006 Gosnell High School Band, Gosnell, AR.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Her Majesty's Brigade

This majestic march uses both British and American sensibilities to create a true toe-tapper of a march.  Bandworld Magazine's Top 100 Band Works.  (Grand Mesa usic)


In Quiet Hours....

This work honors the long hours and quiet dedication of music educators all over the world.  Written for one-on-a-part, this work is achievable for the smallest ensembles but will sound lush and effective with the largest ensembles as well.  (Bandworks Publications)


Little Suite for Band

An homage to the traditional suites for concert bands, this four movement work features an "Ayre," a "Ballad," a "Gigue", and a "March."  Performed at the 2015 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (FJH Music)


Lullabye

This lyrical waltz passes around its gorgeous melody to every section, accompanied by a music-box inspired texture in the mallet percussion.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2009.  (Grand Mesa Music)


New Era Fanfare

This edgy, contemporary fanfare uses pop rhythms and thundering percussion to create a truly memorable musical statement, enhanced by the use of synthesizer.  (Grand Mesa Music)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013


Pandora

The myth of Pandora's Box is brought to life in this programmatic piece.  Uses of aleatoric sections, stacked tri-tones, and "Dies Irae" provide multiple opportunities for teaching your students about various aspects of music.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2007.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Portent

Mixed Meter and strong motivic development make this concert opener an exceptional teaching tool to bring out the best in your students.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2008.  (Grand Mesa Music)


The Rowan Tree

The simple beauty of this folk tune is presented in a variety of textures.  

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2010.  Performed at the 2011 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  Bandworld's Magazine 2010 Top 100 Band Works.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Snake Charmer

Arabian scales and exotic percussion enhance the mysterious nature of this piece as it gradually accelerandos to its fiery conclusion.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2009.  Performed at the 2010 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  Included in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band vol.8 (GIA Publications).  (Grand Mesa Music)


Snow Angels

This work was commissioned for the Century Middle School Band in Lakeville, Minnesota and their conductor, Mr. Christopher Bolson.  It was written in memory of Alyssa Ettl.  In this piece, I have attempted to create a musical snowscape, a joyful place where children play, laugh, and leave their mark, as they do in our lives.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Still, Still, Still

A simple yet effective setting of the beautiful Christmas carol, this arrangement also features the melody in a percussion ensemble moment in the middle.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011. Performed at the 2012 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Summer Song

A work for concert band with optional acoustic guitar, this piece paints a picture of a relaxing summer evening.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Zooveniers

A suite of miniatures representing various animals found at the zoo, this work is a great, fun challenge for your students with multiple styles, tempi, meters, and key signatures.  (Grand Mesa Music)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011



GRADE 3


C141 Starlifter

The power and majesty of the C141 Starlifter is represented in this exciting work for concert band featuring soaring melodies, shimmering woodwind ostinati, and bombastic percussion.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015.  (Grand Mesa Music)

Commissioned by the 2014 Kent County Middle School Honor Band in Dover, Delaware.


Celebration Tribalesque

The sounds and meters of tribal chants are used to create a truly exciting and dance-like work.  

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011.  Bandworld Magazine's 2011 Top 100 Band works.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

The traditional hymn is set in the classic style of great hymn-settings for band.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  Performed at the 2014 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Companion of My Voice

A work written in Memory of Michigan student Jasmine Gosselin, this work uses synthesized harp and lush colors to create a harmonic meditation on grief, remembrance, and hope.  Commissioned by the Waterford Kettering High School Band and their conductor, Mr. Scott Adkins.  Performed at the 2015 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Danse Bohémien

Written in the style of the classic orchestral dances, this concert work features dancing melodies and an unforgettable mallet feature.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2010.  Performed at the 2011 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  Bandworld Magazine's Top 100 Band Works.  Written for the 2009 Harrisburg High School Band from Harrisburg, Arkansas.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Danse Carnivale

The second of Standridge's "Danse" series, this work features humorous juxtapositions between loud and soft, fast and slow.  Brahms would be proud!  JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013. Performed at the 2013 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Gemini Fanfare

This fanfare features regal brass and running woodwinds all active within a polytonic landscape. Commissioned by the 2013 Lake Hamilton High School Band, Pearcy, Arkansas.  Self-Published


Gently Blows the Summer Wind

This work uses the ideas of gentle summer breezes and the fleeting nature to time to paint a musical portrait in honor of two students who had passed away. (Grand Mesa Music)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2008.  Commissioned by the Salem High School Band in 2007.  *Included in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 10 (GIA Publications)


Holiday Galop

The hoilday tunes "Jingle Bells," "Jolly Old St. Nicholas", "Deck the Halls", "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" are combined in the style of a classic galop.  A sure winner for your holiday concert.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013.  (Wingert-Jones)


Imaginarium

This work depicts a factory of dreams and ideas with a cinematic flair.  Commissioned by the Association of Texas Small School Bands for the 2015 All-State Band.  (Grand Mesa Music)


In Endless Song

The hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing" is set in the style of classic hymn-tune settings for band.

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  (Wingert-Jones)


In Late November

The fall is used as a metaphor for the later years of life in this melancholy lyrical work for band.  (Grand Mesa Music)


In Paths of Truth and Grace

This setting of the hymn "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" begins with a solemn motive before rising to a spiritual shout.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015.  (Wingert-Jones)


Kinetic Dances

7/8 and 4/4 meters are used to create an exciting symphonic dance for concert band. Commissioned by the 2014 C.H. Yoe High School Band for the 2014 Texas Music Educator's Conference.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015.  (FJH Music)


Metrodance

This energetic concert work was inspired by the frenetic energy of New York City.

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2012.  (Wingert-Jones)


Rage

Anger, aggression, fury...all of these emotions are explored in this explosive work featuring dissonant harmonies, thundering percussion, and vocalizations from the ensemble.  (Wingert-Jones)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011.  Bandworld Magazine's 2011 Top 100 Band Works.


Ruckus

Jazz, Rock, and Symphonic sensibilities clash in this unique work for concert band, featuring 5/4 meters and creative use of orchestrations.  Commissioned by the 2013 Central Cass High School Band from Casselton, North Dakota.

*JW Pepper Editor's Choice 2014.  Performed at the 2014 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


The Soft-Shoe Rag

The art of soft-shoe dancing is referenced in this rag-time work for concert band.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Steel*

Pop inspired syncopation, active percussion, and memorable melodies are used to create a truly energetic concert work.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2011.  Performed at the 2012 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  Bandworld's Magainze 2011 Top 100 Band Works.  (Grand Mesa Music)


That Old Hound Dog Rag

Inspired by the antics of his two dogs, Standridge creates a vaudeville landscape of rag-time sounds in this audience pleasing homage to the music of yesteryear.  (Grand Mesa Music)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2009.  Performed at the 2010 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.


Timepiece

This powerful concert opener uses Windsor Chimes as its primary motive and develops from there into a complex, minimalistic work for concert band.  *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2015.  (Wingert-Jones)


Tomorrow's Celebration

Beginning with a triumphant fanfare, this piece takes off with syncopated dance melodies to celebrate the joy of life.  2013 Bandworld Magazine's Top 100.  (Wingert-Jones)


When the Spring Rain Begins to Fall

The gentle sound of nature's tears are captured in this musical poem, featuring sound effects and a beautiful, yet achievable piano part. *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2013.  Performed at the 2013 Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Whiplash

Mixed-Meter and liberal use of the Whipcrack are used to create this engaging, high energy work. Commissioned by the 2014 Southwest Missouri Music Educator's Association.  JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  (Wingert-Jones)


The Witching Hour

The darkest hour of the night is brought to life in this attaca suite, separated by the chiming of each quarter hour.  Eerie use of a synthesizer adds to the creepy mood of this colorful work for young band.  (Grand Mesa Music)


With Every Winter's Breath

Written in memory of a student who tragically passed away, this work celebrates life and the beautiful Colorado landscape she called home. *JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2012.  Bandworld Magazine's 2012 Top 100 Band Works.  Commissioned by the 2011 Bayfield High School Band from Bayfield, Colorado.  (Grand Mesa Music)


A Yuletide Festival

The holiday songs "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Good King Wenceslas," "Deck the Halls," and "In Excelsis Deo" are combined into an engaging Christmas overture.   (Wingert-Jones)

*JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2012



GRADE 4


Argentum

This overture style work mixes 7/8, 6/8, and 4/4 time with 3 distinct themes to create a tapestry of celebrations.  Written for my alma mater, Sheridan High School, and their conductors, Mr. Ron McHone and Mr. Dennis Wolfe.  Bandworld Magazine 2015 Top 100 Band Works.  (Grand Mesa Music)


Pulse

Derived from the first movement of Standridge's "Art(isms)" suite, this powerful concert work uses staccato textures and heroic melodies to create a unique concert statement.  Commissioned by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble for performance at the 2010 CBDNA conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  JW Pepper's Editor's Choice 2014.  (FJH Music)


Undecim

Commissioned by the 2014 Lake Hamilton High School Band of Pearcy, AR.  Their director, Jon Shultz, has been a close friend ever since high school.  He also has a penchant for asking me to do things at the last minute, giving me only 2 week to write this piece (which actually ended up being 2 days, as I had several other projects already scheduled).  The title "Undecim" is latin for "eleven" referring both to the eleventh hour (the last opportunity to do things) and the metric feel of the beginning of the work.  (Alfred Music)



GRADE 5


Art(isms)

This work represents various movements of art in its three movements (Pointillism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism).  Commissioned by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble for performance at the 2010 CBDNA conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Self-Published