In the wake of COVID-19, directors around the world have been left scrambling to figure out how rehearse and perform music with their students and ensemble members when their numbers will be drastically reduced with unpredictable instrumentation. Robert Ambrose and a select group of composers quickly rallied and created the Creative Repertoire Initiative to address these concerns through a revival and reimagining of the flex band model. With all of the difficulties we are all experiencing, this has emerged as a real bright spot in the wind band community – everyone coming together with the common goal of making music.
Like everyone else in the wind band community, we felt the need to answer the call to create more flexible pieces for adaptable wind band. As such, we are thrilled to announce the official launch of our two new flex band series, each filled with adaptations of older pieces AND new original works from David Gillingham, Bruce Broughton, Luigi Zaninelli, Jack Stamp, and more!
The MaxFlex Series
The MaxFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers maximum flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring 4 parts plus optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by any wind or keyboard percussion instrument in the ensemble. Recommended part assignments are included, but directors may “mix and match” as they see fit.
The SpectraFlex Series
The SpectraFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring traditional high-to-low scoring with 5 or 6 parts and optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by a multitude of wind or keyboard percussion instruments while maintaining the spectrum of sound we have grown to love about the wind band.