2014
Primer (Gr. ½) Beginning (Gr. 1) First Plus (Gr. 1.5) Young (Gr. 2 - 2.5) Concert (Gr. 3 and up)
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2014 Beginning String Orchestra
(Grade 1, Blue Cover)
  • For first-year string groups
  • Limited parts (often, second violin and viola are the same part,
    cello and bass are the same part)
  • Limited keys, rhythms (only simple eighth note patterns) and
    independence of parts
  • Playable after limited study time
  • First position and natural bowings
  • Piano for rehearsal and reinforcement

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Chester
William Billings, arranged by Bill Calhoun

Chester
The famous song by William Billings from the American Revolution has been the basis of many settings. In this new arrangement by Bill Calhoun the beginning students get to mix march-like rhythms with a lush and full chorale setting of the song. Perfect to showcase your beginners at any festival.
Level: Grade 1
Duration: 2:12
Key: G Major
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BAS61 - $40.00
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BAS61F - $6.00
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Fingerboard Frolic
Joseph Compello

Fingerboard Frolic
A nice showcase piece for your beginning string orchestra. There are lots of opportunities to get them frolicking around the fingerboard with many repeated eighth note patterns. The piece is tuneful and fun to play.
Level: Grade 1
Duration: 2:12
Key: D Major
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BAS60 - $40.00
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BAS60F - $6.00
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BAS60P - $2.75
Mammoth
Sean O'Loughlin

Mammoth
A beginning string orchestra piece of elephantine porportions! Sean O'Loughlin is able to deliver time and time again exciting music that students love to play. His pieces sound much more difficult and sophisticated than they are technically to play. Your orchestra will shine with the mammoth musical depiction.
Level: Grade 1
Duration: 2:20
Key: E minor
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BAS62 - $40.00
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BAS62F - $6.00
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BAS62P - $2.75
Santa's Noisy Workshop
Larry Clark

Chester
Imagine what it sounds like in Santa's workshop while the elves are building all of those toys: noisy! The technical demands of the arrangement are suitable for the beginning orchestra, but the cuteness factor is off-the-charts! The piece has simple optional percussion that can be played by members of the orchestra or brought in from the band.
Level: Grade 1
Duration: 3:07
Key: D Major
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Complete Set
BAS63 - $40.00
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BAS63F - $6.00
Extra Parts
BAS63P - $2.75
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2014
Primer (Gr. ½) Beginning (Gr. 1) First Plus (Gr. 1.5) Young (Gr. 2 - 2.5) Concert (Gr. 3 and up)
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