An American Medley Incorporating "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Yankee Doodle Boy"
and "You're a Grand Old Flag"
This stirring patriotic medley is well-suited for young male voices. It combines three well-known and well-loved patriotic songs from throughout American history. The combination of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag" makes it an instant crowd-pleaser! Duration: 1:40
John Parker’s sea shanty text, combined with Vicki Tucker Courtney’s rhythmic and exciting TB accompanied arrangement will, without a doubt, be a favorite among the young men in your choir. They are sure to sound fantastic learning and performing it. Not to be missed, this wonderful choral is appropriate for concert or festival programming. Duration: 1:53
John Parker has supplied a descriptive text that describes an actual Civil War battle fought outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Combined with an optional violin part, this work is perfect for the guys! It will be a dynamic work great for concert use. 2:45
The Battle of Kings Mountain Vicki Tucker Courtney
T(T)B Voices with Piano, optional Piccolo and Snare Drum
The lyrics of this rhythmically interesting men's song tell the story of a pivotal battle in the Southern campaign that took place in 1780 on Kings Mountain, near the border of North and South Carolina. Boys' choirs will sound triumphant when singing the historic text, and the addition of the optional piccolo and snare drum will only add to a memorable performance.
Moore's original setting is sure to get "toes-a-tappin'" and can be spiced up with additional ad lib percussion if desired. With an original Calypso melody paired with Away in a Manger text, what's not to like? Sure to add extra flavor to any holiday occasion.
Da Pacem Domine Melchior Franck, arranged by Lon Beery
TTB, accompanied or a cappella
Lon Beery has outdone himself in this arrangement of a well-known early Baroque tune by Melchior Frank. Beery draws on his knowledge of the male adolescent voice, as reflected in the contained range of a fifth, in this simplistic yet wonderful Latin text setting. Depending on the needs of the ensemble, a flowing, supportive, optional piano accompaniment is available.
Farnell has done it again! Commissioned by a Middle School men's chorus, The Dawn's Awake!, with poetry by African-American poet and gifted musician Otto Bohanan, uses personification and vivid imagery to describe the beauty of the sunrise. Farnell's melody and accompaniment convey hope of looking forward to a brighter dawn. A powerful addition to any concert or festival program.
Early One Morning English Folk Song, arranged by Glenda E. Franklin
TB, accompanied, with optional alto recorder or C instrument
This classic melody, set for TB voices with optional alto recorder or C instrument, is an excellent tool with which to teach musical line to the young men in your choir. While the choral parts are repetitive in nature, the rhythmic piano accompaniment provides a feeling of continuous forward motion throughout. Range appropriate and very accessible, it is an excellent addition to your concert or festival program. Duration: 2:05
A Full Sheet and a Flowing Sea Traditional, Arranged by Gary E. Parks
TB, accompanied, optional Baritone
This exciting sea chantey romanticizes sea adventures, as the sailors heave on the sails with a brisk wind at their backs! There is even a legato, cantabile section featuring a homesick sailor. Great solo opportunity! 2:40
Based on the solo of the same name found in the BriLee vocal collection Tales of Land and Sea (BLB007), this highly energetic piece will be a favorite with developing tenor-bass choirs everywhere. Written with contained ranges and the adolescent changing voice in mind, boys will sing with confidence in rehearsal and performance.
A beautifully lyrical, yet energetically rhythmic setting of the Gloria text for young men to sing. Mark Patterson is careful with ranges, but gives both parts equally exciting and challenging lines. This will make an excellent choice for contest or festival. Duration: 2:05
Beginning with a majestic proclamation of Gloria, Tim Winebrenner’s TBB accompanied setting of Gloria will be a favorite with your young men. The driving accompaniment supports the varied, layered vocal lines. Appropriate for any concert setting. Duration: 2:01
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen Traditional English Carol, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
An all-time holiday favorite, this traditional English carol arranged for TBB voices provides many opportunities for the bass to sing the melody. Strophic in nature, this work features varied textures in each verse, and is a truly range-appropriate setting, guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at your next holiday concert.
Good King Wenceslas Traditional, Arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
TB, accompanied, optional solos
During the telling of this classic carol about a king who gives to the poor one winter, Ruth Schram mixes the use of soloists and word painting to help the audience experience the cold winds and the conversations between the good king and his loyal page. A wonderful holiday selection for the TB chorus. 3:10
Composed for his own Middle School's choir, Winebrenner hits the mark with range and melody in his original holiday setting for developing male voices. Young men will enjoy celebrating The Greatest Time of the Year!
Glenda Franklin weaves the functions and history of the venerable lighthouse into this full-sounding choral for TB voices. A picture is painted for the audience with words like "mystery," "history," "sentry," "beacon," etc. Great ranges for the guys. 1:20
Joshua's Battle Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Greg Gilpin
After a short, majestic introduction, the vocals in this traditional spiritual arrangement by Greg Gilpin are driven forward by the pulsating, rhythmic piano accompaniment. Based on a Biblical story of the same name, this highly energetic piece is sure to be a favorite with any tenor-bass choir.
Arnold Middle School
Varsity Boy’s Choir
Gershom Garcia, director
Live at TMEA 2014
TTB Voices, optional Piano and Percussion
(Triangle, Tambourine, Bass Drum)
Originally commissioned and composed for a Middle School men's chorus, Morton's strophic setting, based on an ancient advent play, depicts each of the three Magi in the bass, baritone and tenor sections. Sensational as a procession, but also highly successful when performed from the risers, with or without piano and percussion. A perfect addition to any holiday or festival concert.
Lift the Sails in the Morning Adapted from "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning"
Traditional Sea Shanty, arranged by Gary E. Parks
This arrangement is adapted from the well-known sea chantey, “Blow Ye Winds in the Morning,” and you can even hear the howling wind in the piano part. Open or close your concert with energy and excitement with this piece; it is a lot of fun to sing! Duration: 2:16
Lil' Liza Jane Ada De Lachau, arranged by Jimmy Baas & Randy James
TB Voices with Piano
This up-tempo folk tune setting is sure to excite singer and audience alike. The accessible arrangement by Baas and James, both new to the BriLee Choral Catalog, was written to showcase the strength of the developing male voices. The lively piano accompaniment is supportive and sure to add musical interest to any performance. Appropriate for festival and concerts.
Loch Lomond Scottish Folk Song from Vocal Melodies of Scotland (1841)
arranged by Russell Robinson
TB Voices, optional Solo/Ostinato with Piano
One of the most well-known of all Scottish folk songs, Robinson's arrangement of Loch Lomond captures the flavor of the Gaelic language — Scottish sounds and textures in both male voices and piano accompaniment. Sensitive, accessible and just plain pretty, it is sure to be a favorite of any concert or festival program.
An incredibly beautiful setting of this John Parker text, devoted to its lovely subject, Anne Marie. Singing lyrics like “Her eyes are like the deepest blue, her lips are like the morning dew," your guys will sound like a million bucks! 2:42
Here we have a setting of a very patriotic text by Thomas Davis. The words, which refer to “this native land of mine”, are certainly appropriate for country or nationality, but this song is particularly well suited for Veteran’s Day, July 4th concerts, and other patriotic American occasions. 3:41
Drawing on a rich history of American folk songs that originate with cowboys, Lon Beery has combined "I Ride an Old Paint" with "Good-bye, Old Paint," both songs about a cowboy and his horse. The audience and chorus will become acquainted with some cowboy slang, and the only thing missing will be the camp fire. 2:10
This well-known solo, set lyrically by Lon Beery for TTB voices, is a surefire hit with your young men. Fantastic for teaching musical line and chordal harmonies, it is also a great beginning of the year piece or for any concert setting. Duration: 2:50
Polly Wolly Doodle American Folk Song, arranged by Russell Robinson
Russ Robinson’s arrangement of this traditional American folk song is full of clapping and lighthearted interplay between the two-part tenor-bass voices. Accompanied, lively and sure to be a concert or festival favorite at anytime of the year.
A Seafarer's Life adapted from Blow Ye Winds, Heigh-Ho!
Sea Shanty, arranged by Gary E. Parks
Young men singing sea chanteys always make for successful programming! This T(B)B accompanied choral by Gary Parks tells a sailor’s tale, does not present too much challenge to learn and is FUN to sing. Duration: 1:49
Laura Farnell’s a cappella T(T)B settings of Gloria Deo, Dona Nobis Pacem, and Jubilate Deo may be performed as a set or separately. Gloria Deo and Jubilate Deo, very rhythmic in nature, are contrasted by the Dona Nobis Pacem. Your young men will enjoy singing this wonderful set on every concert throughout the year. Duration: 2:45
Patterson's original setting of The Vagabond was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's poem of the same name. This vagabond has chosen the life of the open road: a bed that "looks up to the stars" and a solitary path where "freedom is his only companion." Sure to resonate with young men, especially those who have sung Patterson's male solo version found in Heroes and Vagabonds (BLB001).
This wonderful piece describes the West-Country lover growing weary of trying to win a girl’s heart and his plans to ride off on his horse to find new love and joy of life elsewhere. However, because he still cares for her, their parting is a pleasant one. This piece was designed to be sung a cappella, but the optional accompaniment will only enhance this expressive work. Duration: 2:35
This is an original setting of a traditional Christmas text for tenor and bass voices with an optional second tenor part. Lyrical, sensitive singing is a must for this seasonal selection. A familiar version of “Silent Night” appears in the middle section of the choral, followed by an exciting Gloria! The concluding section combines the elements of “Silent Night,” the original Greensleeves tune and Laura’s new melody. 3:18
The basis of this folk song is the poetry of A.E. Housman, an English poet writing during the turn of the 20th century. The opening monologue begins as advice given by a wise person warning the young speaker about the heartbreak of lost love. Glenda has added a third verse of original text. This song fits the young male voice very nicely and will be a favorite to sing! 1:25
Whup! Jamboree A Sea Shanty, Arranged by Gary E. Parks
TB, accompanied, optional Percussion
Gary Parks has arranged a sea chantey for tenor and bass voices with optional percussion. Just the title alone is fun to sing and say! Great dynamic contrast and rhythmic setting will wow the audience and make your boys bring the house down! 2:07