USA Eastern Territory Music Publications
The following links contain information about all the USA Eastern Territory Music Publications. Many of these publications and their related recordings may now be securely purchased on-line from these pages.
Christmas ABJ Sale
Select Christmas issues of the American Band Journal are now on sale. Check out our ABJ Web Page for more information and to order.
New for 2014
American Band Journal
Christmas is a particularly important season for The Salvation Army. Many poor and disadvantaged people are helped by The Salvation Army through funds raised at Christmastime. Traditions are formed around being generous during this special time of year. In The Salvation Army music has always been a part of our tradition and once again it is our pleasure to provide new music for Christmas that we hope has become a tradition with your band. Every issue of the American Band Journal is designed to offer fresh takes on this most meaningful theme. In this issue we introduce the music of German Salvationist Reuben Schmidt to our subscribers. His Little Christmas Suite is both joyful and practical.
Richard Holz, along with Erik Leidzen, established the American Band Journal in 1948. It is amazing to be able to offer a "new" solo written by Richard Holz in this issue. Thanks to his son, Dr. Ronald Holz, Jingle Bells has come to light and will most certainly be useful to many cornet soloists during the Christmas season. The beautiful arrangement of the Wexford Carol by Dorothy Gates and the modern Christmas song Mary, Did You Know? by David Catherwood will provide contemplative moments in your programs during this very hectic time of year.
American Band Journal
This issue of the American Band Journal focuses on Easter Sunday Morning. This is a time of celebration for all Christians.
How Christians celebrate Easter has many variables. Different denominations have different traditions. The part of the world one lives in may dictate the style of Sunrise Services held or the location of worship services. Styles and content of music will vary based on tradition as well.
This American Band Journal offers diverse options for your brass band. Kenneth Downie’s “Easter Festival Prelude” is stunning in its beauty and majesty and based on the traditional Easter Hymn. Harold Burgmayer uses the hymn tune “Llanfair”, also associated with the words “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, to make a joyful Easter Sunday Morning celebration with the help of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”. Dorothy Gates sets a Celtic scene with her arrangement of the modern hymn, “See What a Morning”. This is a powerful and meaningful arrangement. And, finally, if your place of worship is not a solemn one, you have “Loud Shroud’ by Glen Welch, a new contributor to our journal. I invite you to read his ‘note to conductors’ and then enjoy his music celebrating the Resurrection.
All of this music celebrates the Risen Savior, each in its unique style.
Released in 2013
American Band Journal
The annual Christmas Edition of the American Band Journal continues to be a popular publication. In this issue you will find easily accessible music coupled with music that will need some rehearsing.
David Rowsell's prelude is a quick learn and effective opener for any Christmas program or service. James Cheyne's march "The Joy of Christmas" is a challenge and well worth the effort. Stephen Bulla has arranged "Spanish Dance" from Tchaikovsky's ever popular Nutcracker Suite. This music is well known and a band with competent musicians will find fulfillment in playing this classic.
Rounding out the journal is music with a Danish flair provided by Erik Silfverberg. Danish songs bookend a beautiful middle section treatment of "Silent Night".
Christmas is here again. Be blessed.
New York Brass Sextet Journal Volume 9
Triumphonic Collection - Kingsfold
"Kingsfold" is the name given to a British folk melody associated with the words of Jessie Adams’ hymn, “I feel the winds of God today, today my sail I lift.” The tune was originally arranged for church use by Ralph Vaughan Williams who loved to use folk influences in his larger orchestral works. This setting for brass band attempts to highlight both the sea imagery of the text and the modal harmonic world of Vaughn Williams’ writing.
American Band Journal Issue 70
ABJ Issue 70 features some new young writers. We are pleased to publish “Day by Day” by Kathryn Opina and “A Day to Stand” by Jeremy Smith. These are young composers that have been part of the North American Composers Forum held at Asbury University. Morgan Juel Stavik has taken Erik Leidzen’s “Perfect Peace” to a new peaceful place with captivating results. David Rowsell has provided a very playable march commemorating the ministry at Old Orchard Beach with songs that are often heard there, as well as a moment where the Canadian National Anthem meets the United States National Anthem as a tribute to the nature of the attendance at the Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings. Leading off the journal is a beautiful arrangement of “God Bless America” by William Himes. This piece was written to be premiered by the New York Staff Band at their 125th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall. This will be a much appreciated addition to any brass band in the United States.
Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs 9
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs Volume 9 offers a great variety of accessible music for vocal groups of all ages. Each song is written to succeed as a unison piece making this collection practical for singing companies, youth choruses, adult rehabilitation center choirs or any other established or beginning vocal group.
New York Staff Band Congregational Song Arrangements Journal Volume 1