The evolution of arranging techniques exemplified in selected published marching band arrangements from 1970 to 1981

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1983

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This study documented and analyzed the evolution of arranging techniques exemplified in selected marching band arrangements from 1970 to 1981. Specifically, the study identified trends in marching band arranging techniques based on musical analyses of twelve different arrangements and two compositions arranged repeatedly throughout the years 1970-1981. A qualified panel of marching band arrangers and directors selected twelve marching band arrangements representative of published marching band music from 1970 to 1981. The panel's selection criteria were based on trends in marching band arranging as documented through consultations with prominent arrangers, college band directors, publishers, and other sources. Selected arrangements were then analyzed for the following elements: instrumentation; rhythm; form; harmony; voicing; countermelody; tone color effects; percussion scoring; technical difficulty; and special effects. Based on these analyses some of the following changes were observed in selected marching band arrangements from 1970 to 1981: 1) developments in new percussion instrumentation and scoring practices; 2) use o£ multiple musical styles within a single arrangement; 3) the emergence of a prominent French horn countermelody; 4) the widespread application of new marching band instruments such as the bellfront French horn and portable electric bass; 5) a higher technical demand; 6) multiple grade levels of single arrangements; and 7) the coordination of arranging techniques with special musical and visual effects. [...]

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Marching bands, Instrumentation and orchestration (Band)

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