Marching band music from movies/TV?

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  1. Jolter

    Jolter Piano User

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    Hey,
    I'm thinking of spicing up my band's marching repertoire for next season. Does anyone here have any marching band arrangements of movie/TV themes? Looking primarily for geek-friendly stuff like sci-fi and fantasy etc, but I'm open to anything. =) Willing to put some effort into re-arranging if you'd happen to have something suitable for a different type of group.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Martin Williams

    Martin Williams Mezzo Piano User

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    Send me a PM and we can talk. I have a lot of things already and can easily write something up, I do a lot of playing a writing with marching ensembles :)
     
  3. ricecakes230

    ricecakes230 Pianissimo User

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    Check out Box-Six.com, got some great shows there.
     
  4. Jolter

    Jolter Piano User

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    Thanks for the tip! But not really what I'm looking for. Looks like they're catering more to the DCI crowd. We're a smallish band of amateurs (20-30 players), and we're not competing or anything. "No budget", I maybe should have mentioned...
    (BTW, we're not in North America.)
     
  5. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    You mean Sweden's not in northeast America? Who'd'a known?

    :D
     
  6. Jolter

    Jolter Piano User

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    Yeah, I know, might seem obvious to some. ;) I didn't want to press the point, but the kind of High School and college bands that seem prolific in the U.S. (huge bands with brass & percussion only) don't really seem to exist in Europe. I think there is a small competitive scene, but it's mostly for "brass bands" in the British sense.
    There aren't often performances at sporting events, either (bands are too small to be heard in a football stadium). When Swedes see a marching band, it's usually in parades such as on First of May or National Day, and it's invariably a "concert band" instrumentation. Though lately, in some cities, there have surfaced Drum Corp type bands, with a percussion focus.
     
  7. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    Marching bands competitions do abound in Austria - I know, still far off Sweden, but still more manageable than the US. Look at the Wiener Blasmusikverband website - lots of info there.
     
  8. RRVancil

    RRVancil Piano User

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    Hi, Just thought of some arrangenents you can get very inexpensively , take a look at the Bill Moffet Soundpower series published by Hal Lenard.

    Rick
     
  9. Jolter

    Jolter Piano User

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    For the benefit of searchability, I'll post this here. I threw together a marching arrangement of The Throne Room (End Title) from Star Wars. Medium difficulty. The band played through it pretty well, but we haven't tried walking to it yet! :D

    In case anyone is interested, send me a PM.

    I'm interested in what people would think could be suitable TV/movie themes for marching repertoire. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty and arrange something more. Obviously, John Williams wrote numerous good marches, but beyond that?
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I wish I could find more of the John Williams songs set as polkas. This parody is from SCTV.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1ODIkqSkA

    They also turned music from Star Wars and Jaws into polkas.

    Many famous marches have been set for piano, and if you have any orchestration abilities it is pretty to arrange them for whatever instruments you have at hand.

    Sounds like a fun project for you.

    Enjoy!
     

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