Concert Band Festival


This year's OBA Concert Band Festival will only be supported by the OBA Concert Band Syllabus, therefore please ensure one of your selections is chosen from this list. MusicFest Canada now requires one Canadian piece for the competition at Nationals.

Canadian composers on the following lists are marked in red and have a maple leaf beside their name .
Syllabus revised September 6, 2016.

Suggested total length of music selections:

View syllabus items by grade.


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
A La Claire Fontaine Coakley Eighth Note
African Folk Trilogy McGinty Queenwood/Kjos
African Sketches James Curnow Hal Leonard
Ahrirang Garofalo/Garwood Hal Leonard
Anasazi Edmondson Kjos
Ancient Moon Del Borgo Belwin/Alfred
Anthem and March McGinty Kjos
The Ash Grove M. Williams Alfred
…at twilight Grant FJH
Ayre and Dance Pearson Kjos
Big Raven Gassi Alfred
Brother James’ Air Wagner Belwin/Alfred
Canadian Ballad Sheldon Alfred
Celtic Air and Dance No. 2 Sweeney Hal Leonard
Chinese Folk Song Medley Garofalo Grand Mesa
Conflict L. Clark Carl Fischer
Court Festival Pearson Queenwood/Kjos
Crusade Gassi Alfred
Declaration and Dance L. Clark Belwin/Alfred
Dorian Dreamscape Sheldon Alfred
Dreamcatcher Buckley Heal Leonard
Echo Lake Overture Feldstein/O’Reilly Alfred
Expectations L. Clark Carl Fischer
Fires of Mazama Sweeney Hal Leonard
First Light Shaffer Barnhouse
Furioso Smith, R.W. Belwin/Alfred
Gently, I Wander Sheldon Alfred
Hotaru Koi Fairchild Carl Fischer
In Quiet Times Swearingen FJH
Incantation & Ritual Balmages FJH
Land of the Silver Birch Coakley Comprint OR Eighth Note
Linden Lea Wagner Belwin/Alfred
Midnight Star Bourgault LudwigMasters
Newfoundland Folk Song Duff Alfred
Nottingham Castle Daehn Daehn
Odyssey Marlatt Eighth Note
A Prehistoric Suite Jennings Hal Leonard
Presto! Sheldon Alfred
Psalm 42 Hazo B&H/Hal Leonard
Sandy Bay March West LudwigMasters
Scirocco Barrett Belwin/Alfred
A Shaker Hymn O’Reilly Alfred
Simple Gifts Bullock Belwin/Alfred
Soldiers Procession and Sword Dance Margolis Manhattan Beach
Song For Friends Daehn Daehn
Squonk Blues Buckley Hal Leonard
Taiko Windham Belwin/Alfred
There Will Come Soft Rains Sheldon Alfred
Three Faces of Kilimanjaro R.W. Smith Belwin/Alfred
Whirling Novas Wilds FJH
Whirlwind Blackshaw Manhattan Beach


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
African Festival Hilliard Queenwood/Kjos
Allegory Kamuf Belwin/Alfred
Ancient Flower Nishimura Carl Fischer
Ancient Voices Sweeney Hal Leonard
…And Goodnight Bernotas Alfred
Apparitions Balmages FJH
As Winds Dance Hazo Hal Leonard
Ash Lawn Echoes R.W. Smith Belwin
Asian Folk Rhapsody Saucedo Hal Leonard
Asian Sunrise Kopetz Kjos
Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov/Williams Alfred
A Childhood Hymn Holsinger Wingert-Jones
Chorale Prelude: All Things Bright and Beautiful C.T. Smith Hal Leonard
Creed Himes Kjos
Dinosaurs Bukvich Phoebus
Donkey Riding Coakley Eighth Note
Earthscape Marlatt Eighth Note
Elation O’Loughlin Carl Fischer
Escape from Chronopolis R. Clark TRN
Fanfare, Ode and Festival Margolis Manhattan Beach
First Light on the Chesapeake Hosay Hal Leonard
For the New Day Arisen Barton Daehn
Gather Ye Rosebuds Stalter Alfred
Ghost Dancing Karrick Carl Fischer
Greenwillow Portrait M. Williams Alfred
Gothic Legend Hosay Hal Leonard
Headless Horseman Broege Manhattan Beach
Horkstow Grange Grainger/Sweeney Hal Leonard
Ignite The Night Swearingen Hal Leonard
Innovation Meeboer Eighth Note
Joy Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Jubilant Festival Calhoun Carl Fischer
Kingdom of the Sun And Moon Buckley Hal Leonard
Korean Folk Song Rhapsody Curnow Hal Leonard
Kronos R.W. Smith Belwin/Alfred
Linden Lea Vaughan Williams/Stout Hal Leonard
Loki, the Evil Trickster of Asgard Kaisershot Eighth Note
Moscow, 1941 Balmages FJH
Orion van der Roost deHaske/Hal Leonard
Portrait of a Clown Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Pueblo Higgins Hal Leonard
Red Balloon McGinty Queenwood/Kjos
Rivers Hazo Hal Leonard
Scottish Ballade Sheldon Alfred
Sea Song Fantasy McGinty Kjos
A Shaker Gift Song Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Siyahamba Marlatt Eighth Note
Snakes Duffy LudwigMasters
A Song of Hope Swearingen Barnhouse
Southhampton March Sheldon Alfred
The Spree at Kelligrews Thomas Eighth Note
Tamarac Overture Edmondson Queenwood/Kjos
Then I Saw the Lucent Sky Stalter Alfred
Tides Calhoun Carl Fischer
Three Czech Folk Songs Vinson Hal Leonard
Train Heading West Broege Manhattan Beach
Two Variants on Dives and Lazarus Wagner Belwin/Alfred
Whispers Feldstein & Clark Alfred
Wild Wyatt Gilroy Wingert-Jones


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
Air For Band Erickson Bourne
Ammerland de Haan deHaske/Hal Leonard
As Summer Was Just Beginning Daehn Daehn
Ascend Hazo Hal Leonard
At Morning's First Light Gillingham C. Alan
Ave Maria Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Ayres of Agincourt Meyer Queenwood/Kjos
Blue and Green Music Hazo Hal Leonard
Chant and Jubilee Del Borgo Belwin/Alfred
Chasing Sunlight C. Nishimura Self-Publishing
Come Sweet Death Bach/Reed Barnhouse
Counterbalance Stalter Alfred
Crystals Duffy LudwigMasters
Evocation Nowlin Kjos
Filum Vitae (The Thread of Life) Kristofferson Daehn
Forever Holding Close the Memories Saucedo Hal Leonard
Ghost Fleet Sheldon Alfred
Glory and Honour, Fantasia on the Crusader’s Hymn Thomas Eighth Note
Greek Folk Song Suite Cesarini deHaske/Hal Leonard
Gypsy Dance Compello Carl Fischer
Imani O’Loughlin Carl Fischer
In the Forest of the King La Plante Daehn
King Across the Water Fraser G&M Brand
The Lark in the Clear Air C. Taylor Grand Mesa
The Light Eternal Swearingen Barnhouse
Lindbergh Variations Sheldon Barnhouse
A Little Concert Suite Reed Hal Leonard
Luminaria Himes Kjos
Mazama Chattaway William Allen/Barnhouse
Merry-Go-Round Nishimura Carl Fischer
Mystery On Mena Mountain Giroux-West Southern
Old Churches Colgrass Bandquest/Hal Leonard
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss Holsinger TRN
Overture for Winds C. Carter Bourne
Prairie Songs La Plante Daehn
Rain Balmages FJH
Rhosymedre Vaughan Williams/Beeler E.C. Schirmer
Rhythm Danse Saucedo Hal Leonard
River Valley Sketches Donnelly Eighth Note
Ross Roy deHaan deHaske/Hal Leonard
Shenandoah Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Shadows of the Equinox Sheldon Alfred
Swiftriver Passage Suchan Eighth Note
Sure On This Shining Night Barber/Saucedo Hal Leonard
Three Ayres from Gloucester Stuart Hal Leonard
Three Folk Miniatures Jutras Barnhouse
A Tribute to Grainger Ragsdale Southern
Tricyle Boysen Kjos
A Walk in the Morning Sun La Plante Daehn
When the Stars Began to Fall Allen TRN
Whirligigs Curnow Hal Leonard
The Whispering Tree Farmer Daehn
With Each Sunset Saucedo Hal Leonard
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon Grainger Hal Leonard
Yorkshire Ballad Barnes Southern


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
Abram’s Pursuit Holsinger TRN
Amazing Grace Ticheli Manhattan Beach
An American Elegy Ticheli Manhattan Beach
And the Multitude with One Voice Spoke Hosay Hal Leonard
Arctic Fire Buckley Hal Leonard
Art in the Park Sheldon Alfred
Be Thou My Vision Gillingham C. Alan
Brook Green Suite Holst/Curnow Hal Leonard
Cajun Folk Songs Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Canadian Folk Rhapsody Coakley HL OR Eighth Note
Courtly Airs and Dances Nelson LudwigMasters
Down a Country Lane Copland/Patterson Hal Leonard
Dusk Bryant BCM/Hal Leonard
Encircled Dagenais Eighth Note
Fantasia in G Mahr Kjos
Flashing Winds van der Roost deHaske/Hal Leonard
Flight of the Griffin Balmages FJH
Four Dance Episodes Gilroy Wingert-Jones
Ghost Dances Barrett Alfred
Hennepin County Dawn Hazo Hal Leonard
I Am Boysen, Jr. Kjos
Into the Joy of Spring Swearingen Barnhouse
Into the Raging River Reineke Barnhouse
A Jubilant Overture Reed Barnhouse
Kaddish McBeth Southern
Land of the Midnight Sun Buckley Hal Leonard
Lyric Essay Coakley Eighth Note
Moonscape McBride Barnhouse
Mountain Thyme Hazo Hal Leonard
O Magnum Mysterium Lauridsen/Reynolds Peermusic/Presser
O Waly, Waly Bocook Hal Leonard
Pablo Meyer Alfred
Pacifica Buckley NS Musico
Pageant Persichetti Carl Fischer
Palimpsest Sheldon Barnhouse
Persis Hosay Hal Leonard
Poor Wayfaring Stranger Boysen, Jr. Hal Leonard
Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo Arnold/Paynter Carl Fischer
Puszta (3 movements) van der Roost Hal Leonard
Salvation is Created Tschesnokoff/Houseknecht Kjos
Sea Songs Vaughan Williams Hal Leonard
Serenade Bourgeois G&M Brand
Serenity Gjeilo/|Wilson B&H/Hal Leonard
Shannon Falls Ford Alfred
Sheltering Sky Mackey OSTI
Shrine of the Fallen Balmages FJH
Sleep Whitacre Hal Leonard
Solas Ane Hazo Hal Leonard
Speak To Me Wilson Hal Leonard
Sun Dance Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Suite Francaise (2 movements) Milhaud Hal Leonard
Suite on Canadian Folk Songs Calvert Eighth Note
Suite Provencale van der Roost Hal Leonard
Thin Places Thomas Eighth Note
Three Chorale Preludes Latham Belwin/Alfred
Three Celtic Dances Balmages FJH
Tir Na Nog Strommen Belwin/Alfred
The Water is Wide Kirby Daehn


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
Blue Lake Overture Chance B&H/Hal Leonard
Bugs Cichy C. Alan
Chester Schuman Presser
Chorale and Shaker Dance Zdechlik Kjos
Culloden, Mvt. III Giroux Musica Propria
A Dakota Rhapsody Camphouse Kjos
El Camino Real Reed Hal Leonard
English Folk Song Suite Vaughan Williams Hal Leonard
Esprit De Corps Jager Hal Leonard
Finiculi-finicula Rhapsody Denza/Goto Bravo Music
First Suite In Eb Holst B&H/Hal Leonard
Genesis Gassi Belwin/Alfred
Ghost Train, Mvt. I Whitacre Hal Leonard
Groovy Loops McKenzie Kjos
Handel in the Strand Grainger/Goldman Galaxy/E.C. Schirmer
Hannaford Overture Irvine Northdale
Head Rush Bocook Hal Leonard
Hounds of Spring Reed Marks/Hal Leonard
Incantation and Dance Chance B&H/Hal Leonard
Irish Tune and Shepherd’s Hey Grainger Carl Fischer
Kirkland Overture Mitchell Grand Mesa
A Movement for Rosa Camphouse TRN
Nulli Secundus (any mvt./mvts.) Curnow Hal Leonard
October Whitacre BCM/Hal Leonard
Ontario Pictures Cable Northdale
Psalm for Band Persichetti Carl Fischer
Raging Machines Balmages FJH
Satiric Dances Dello Joio Hal Leonard
Scenes From the Louvre Dello Joio Hal Leonard
Scootin' on Hardrock Holsinger TRN
Second Suite in F Holst Hal Leonard
Sevens Hazo Hal Leonard
Sparkle Harbinson Alfred
Sunrise at Angel’s Gate Sparke deHaske/Hal Leonard
Suite of Old American Dances (3 mvts.) Bennett Hal Leonard
Symphonic Dance No. 3, “Fiesta” C. Williams Belwin/Alfred
Symphony No. 1, “In Memoriam Dresden – 1945” Daniel Bukvich Wingert-Jones
Symphony No. 1, “Lord of the Rings” – I. Gandalf de Meij Amstel/Hal Leonard
Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” (2+ mvts.) Giroux Musica Propria
Variations on America Ives Presser
With Voice of Triumph Raised Custer Barnhouse


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher
Armenian Dances 1 Reed Warner Bros.
Bandancing Stamp Kjos
Celebrations Zdechlik Queenwood/Kjos
Children’s March Grainger/Rogers Southern
Country Band March Ives Carl Fischer
Emblems Copland B&H/Hal Leonard
Four Scottish Dances Arnold/Paynter Carl Fischer
Give Us This Day Maslanka Carl Fischer
Green Bushes Grainger/Pappajohn LudwigMasters
Jupiter Holst B&H/Hal Leonard
La Fiesta Mexicana Reed Belwin/Alfred
Lads of Wamphray Grainger Carl Fischer
Lincolnshire Posy (4 mvts.) Grainger (Fennell) LudwigMasters
Machu Picchu Yagisawa Bravo
Masque Hesketh Faber/Alfred
Music for Prague Husa Schirmer/Hal Leonard
Paris Sketches Ellerby Maecenas
Postcard Ticheli Manhattan Beach
Ride Hazo B&H/Hal Leonard
Seven Colonna LudwigMasters
Short Ride In A Fast Machine Adams/Odom B&H/Hal Leonard
Sonics Coakley Eighth Note
Suite Francaise Milhaud Hal Leonard
Symphonic Overture Barnes Southern/Hal Leonard
Symphony for Band Persichetti Carl Fischer
Tempered Steel Young Southern
Toccata Marziale Vaughan Williams B&H/Hal Leonard
Undercurrents Buckley Hal Leonard