INTERNATIONAL MARCHES FOR YOUNG BANDS
A series at the Grade 2 to 3.5 level based on the march styles
of countries around the world.
Composed and arranged by Johnnie Vinson - Available from Hal Leonard
FLOURISH AND PROCESSIONAL (Fanfare and March)
BROADWAY! (American Concert March)
ST. PETERSBURG MARCH (Russian)
NEW FOREST MARCH (British)
THE CROWN OF CASTILE (Spanish)
THE BRANDENBURG GATE (German)
GRAND GALOP (American Circus)
ARCH OF TRIUMPH (French)
To hear recordings, go to the “Published Music - Music for Contest/Festival” page.
"When Nothing Else Will" - Commissioned for symphonic band, string orchestra and SATB chorus by the Music Department of Fayette County High School, Fayetteville, GA to celebrate the opening of their new performing arts center. Based on a quote from former First Lady, Michelle Obama. The work was premiered on May 5, 2019. A band-only version has been published with the title, "Flourish and Processional."
"Lanier Variants" (Remembering Sidney Lanier) - Commissioned by the Sidney Lanier Middle School Band of Fairfax, VA. This work consists of variations on an original theme inspired by a quote of the poet: "Music is love in search of a word." Gr. 3, Duration 4:40. Published by Hal Leonard in Spring, 2019.
"Armenian Rhapsody" - Based on five authentic Armenian folk songs, this work was commissioned by the Association of Texas Small School Bands for the 2017 ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band. It was premiered by that group on February 11, 2017. Performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic. Gr. 3, Duration 5:30. Published by Hal Leonard.
“. . . Like A Mighty Stream” (Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) - Commissioned by the South Middle School Band of Lawrence, KS, this work for band and narrator pays homage to the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America. Gr. 2.5, Duration: 5:00. Was premiered by the SMS Band on January 15, 2016 and was published by Hal Leonard.
“Selkie” (A Scottish Legend) - Based on the creature in Celtic mythology which is a seal when in the water but becomes a human when on land. Commissioned by the J.T. Lambert Intermediate School Sixth Grade Band of East Stroudsburg, PA, this work was premiered in February, 2015, and has been published by Hal Leonard. Gr. 1.5, Duration: 3:50 (Performed at the 2015 Midwest Clinic.)
“O’er the Land of the Free” - Commissioned by the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. Written in remembrance of several important events in American history which have anniversaries in 2014, this work features an original theme with interludes interwoven with the opening motives from “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” Gr. 3, Duration: 4:15. Premiered in April, 2015, and published in June.
“Cahaba Dances” - Commissioned by the Shelby County (AL) Band Directors Association and dedicated to the 2014 All-Shelby County Honor Band. The title refers to the Cahaba River which run through the area. The three connected dances reflect the composer’s general impression of one of the fastest growing and most prosperous areas in Alabama. Gr. 4 Duration: 6:45. Published in June, 2015.
“Fantasy Sketches” (Wizards, Elves, and Talking Animals) - Commissioned by the Auburn (AL) Band Parents Association in honor of Dr. Rusty Logan upon his retirement as Band Director at Auburn High School. One of my best friends, Rusty is an avid reader of fantasy books and he suggested the idea for this three-movement, Gr. 4 composition. It was premiered by the AHS Band on December 14, 2013 and published by Hal Leonard in fall, 2014. Duration: 9:05
“Thunderbolt” (A P-47 Tribute) - A salute to one of the workhorse fighter planes of World War II. This Grade 3 overture was commissioned by the middle school band directors of Okaloosa County, Florida and is dedicated to the 2013 Okaloosa All-County Middle School Band. It was premiered by that group with the composer conducting on February 1, 2013 and has been published by Hal Leonard. Duration: 4:30
“. . . To Realms of Endless Day” was commissioned by the Thompson Middle School Band of Alabaster, AL and is dedicated to the memory of band member Katie Dunn and her mother Millie who lost their lives in an automobile accident. The single-movement work is a Gr. 2.5 / 3 with a duration of about 3:45. It was performed at the 2011 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic by the Cobb Wind Symphony.
“The Singing River” is the Native American name of the Tennessee River where it flows through the Shoals area of north Alabama. This 5 1/2 minute single-movement (Gr. 3) work in variation form was commissioned by the Shoals Area Band Directors Association. It was premiered by the Shoals Honor Band on March 19, 2011, in Muscle Shoals, AL with Dr. James Smisek of Samford University conducting.
“Mountain Country Dances” a three-movement (Gr. 2.5) work for concert band, was commissioned by the Northwest District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and is dedicated to the 2010-2011 All-District Middle School Symphonic Band. (NOTE: This work has been chosen for the Ohio Required Music List. Also, it was performed at the 2011 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic by the VanderCook College of Music Band.)
“Echoes of the Hollow Square” (Suite of Shaped Note Tunes for Band) was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Pelham High School Wind Ensemble of Pelham, AL. This Grade 4 work is in three movements with a duration of approximately eight-and-a-half minutes. It is based on four early American shaped note hymn tunes, a singing tradition which has been practiced for over 200 years. The movements include:
The Morning Trumpet
I’m Going Home/Warrenton
To hear a recording, visit the Published Music - Contest/Festival page.
COMPACT DISC AVAILABLE
A compact disc, “The Music of Johnnie Vinson, Vol. 1,” is available from the Hal Leonard Corporation. It includes And Hold In Memory..., Carnival of Venice, Variants on a Shaped Note Tune, St. Petersburg March, Ballad and Dance, Mars, Three Czech Folk Songs, A Renaissance Christmas, Songs of Africa, Two Scottish Dances, Simple Gifts, and The Star Spangled Banner.