Now’s The Time to Join Us!

We’re recruiting players for all of our sections. If you’re one of those “rusty” musicians who played a concert band instrument with some proficiency, but slacked off playing when you got out of school, please consider coming up to Rockport to join our rehearsals. If you enjoy the experience, consider joining our group.

From now until the end of April, we’ll be reading through all kinds of music: some new, and some really old. Some of the music we’ll use during our upcoming seventy-seventh season of summer concerts in 2010, and some we’ll decide we don’t want to keep in our library at all.

There are only a few scheduled performances during this time (see “General Performance Schedule” Page), so there is very little pressure on individual players “to perform” in public.

To your right (“Our “Wish List”), there is a list of our particular instrumental shortages. Please note that we accept all players. It’s up to the individual to determine if we’re the right group for them to join (degree of music difficulty, etc.), so come give us a try.

Thanks to the North Royalton Band Library!

We have received about twenty new pieces of music from the North Royalton (OH) Band PDF Library. These are (mostly) full arrangements for concert band, and are all in the public domain (that is, written prior to 1923).

This particular project arose from a series of donations to North Royalton (which is a community concert band in Ohio) of complete band music libraries. They are attempting to digitize as much of this music as possible and make it available on-line.

Some of the older selections do have an older instrumentation (sometimes no C Flute parts or any saxes, sometimes only Eb horns or tenor horns, etc.). The project managers are making some transposed parts available (in what they are calling “print and play” format), but this work is very time-consuming, so the majority of the music will require some adaptation on the downloader’s part.

If you are a director of a concert band of any type, you should seek out this marvelous resource. Their entire catalog is available for download and you can search for it by Googling “bandmusicpdf library”. There is also a link to the library in the column to your right.

Here are a few samples of music from the library as recorded by the Rockport Legion Band on it’s recently-released CD. SAMPLES