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Here Be Dragons (concert band)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 3:55
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2010

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    As the title implies, you are about to enter a realm of mystery and excitement! Ancient cartographers labeled unexplored regions on their maps as "terra incognita" and in one instance wrote Here Be Dragons, signifying the peril that lay ahead. Experience the adventure of such a place through music and unusual sounds with this creative and imaginative work.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 3:55

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2
    Bb Clarinet 3
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    Eb Alto Saxophone 1
    Eb Alto Saxophone 2
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    Bb Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    T.C. Baritone

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1 (Bells)
    Percussion 2 (Xylophone)
    Percussion 3 (Vibraphone)
    Percussion 4 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tambourine)
    Percussion 5 (3 Concert Toms, Wind Chimes)
    Percussion 6 (Suspended Cymbal, Tam-Tam, Crash Cymbals, Woodblock, Shaker)

    Program Notes
    Ancient cartographers often labeled unexplored areas on their maps as "terra incognita" or drew pictures of sea monsters, assuming that beyond their present knowledge lay great peril. On one map from the medieval era, the cartographer wrote "Here Be Dragons", which inspired this piece.

    Here Be Dragons is the third part of a medieval trilogy for band which also includes "Alchemy: Spirit Into Sound" and "Illuminations: the Visions of Hildegarde Von Bingen". As such, I encourage both conductor and player to go into some of their own unexplored areas of making music and take some chances to see what's out there. You do so at your own risk, of course, but I wish all a safe return.

    - Gary Gackstatter

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    • 2012 IMEA district 6 Senior Band "Here Be Dragons"

      2012 1103 IMEA district 6 performed by the Senior Band "Here Be Dragons" by Gary Gackstatter directed by Gary Gackstatter
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