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2014 Marching Band Shows

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It is time.   :thumbsup:  Bands are listed in alphabetical order.  Original pieces are linked where needed.


Belleville East: "Be Still My Beating Heart"

Show Trailer: 





Downers Grove South: "Passport"

-Featuring the music of Snarky Puppy


Edwardsville: "One Wild Ride"

Inspired by Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams, Equus by Eric Whitacre, Hymn to a Blue Hour by John Mackey, Seven Nation Army by John White, and Ride by Samuel Hazo.


Hear the show here: http://fitzpatrickmusic.net/wildride.php



Elmwood Park: "007: The Music of James Bond"



Evanston: "The Wizard of Oz"







Grayslake North: "A Tragedy of Temptation"

Carmen- Georges Bizet

West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein

Carmina Burana - Carl Orff


Lake Park: "The Road Not Taken"

Limestone Community: "Machine"
Original music by Ted Reicher.
Lincoln-Way East: "and The Mountains Rising Nowhere..."

Metea Valley: "America: A Musical Tribute"
Morton: "Escape Yourself"



Neuqua Valley: "Music from West Side Story"



Normal Community: "The Siren's Call"

-The Music of Robert W. Smith and Eric Whitacre



Oblong: "Friday Night Karaoke"

Piano Man - Billy Joel

We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Come Sail Away - Styx
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Don't Stop Believing - Journey



Robinson: "Weathering The Storm"

Into the Storm - Robert W. Smith

Cloudburst - Eric Whitacre
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg


Link to listen here: http://fitzpatrickmusic.net/storm.php



Rock Island: "Hiraeth"



Victor J. Andrew: "Made in America"


Show trailer: 



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VJA's music is:


The Promise of Living from "A Tender Land": Aaron Copland

Chester: William Schuman

Red Pony Suite, Walk to the Bunkhouse and Happy Ending: Aaron Copland


We hope you enjoy if you get a chance to see it this fall.

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Naperville North: "End Zone"




This year's Marching Band competition show will entertain audiences with a Retro Sci-Fi Alien Invasion. It features actors, musicians and flags along with incredible props. The performance will feature the trademark fun of band director Dan Moore’s theatrical-style productions, with a musical composition that will stand on its own merit, and with visual elements that enhance the richness and complexity of the musical score.

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Watseka Community High School

Marching Warriors

I.  Mirror Image
II.  Shattered
III.  Prism
IV.  Glare

Music to include:
Threshold by Andrew Creagh
Reverberations and Endless Rainbows by Brian Balmages
Monster by Skillet
The Pretender by Foo Fighters

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"Revolution & Triumph"

"Beneath this uniform there is more than flesh. Beneath this uniform there is an idea…”








The Viking Marching Band explores ideas from several of the most revolutionary musical composers of our history in their 2014 production “Revolution & Triumph." The program draws visual and musical inspiration from current popular themes of literature and music, and focuses on themes of tension, hypocrisy, chaos, and ultimately glorious triumph.




From the opening chords of Beethoven's "Allegretto" from Symphony No. 7, the audience is drawn into the haunting musical vision of a revolutionary and genius composer. The infectious groove of Imogen Heap's "Aha!" cries out against hypocrisy, and commands all listening to rise up and join the revolution. The music from Muse's revolutionary album "The Resistance" stirs up emotions of strength and resolve while music from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" brings about an aggressive altercation as the revolution comes to its apex. With victory at hand, the joyful melody of the "Finale" from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 bursts forth, proclaiming ultimate triumph for a field of heroes.



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Centralia: "A Night on Broadway!"

Selections include:

Phantom of the Opera, arranged by Paul Lavender

Jet Song from West Side Story, arranged by Jay Dawson

On My Own/Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables arranged by Michael Sweeney and Will Rapp

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Plainfield East: "Believe"

Land of Make Believe - Chuck Mangione

When You Believe from "The Prince of Egypt" - Stephen Schwartz

I'm a Believer - Neil Diamond



A.A. Stagg: "What Dreams Are Made Of"


Show trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKViGTre4UI



Oswego: Music from The Wizard of Oz and Wicked

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Plainfield North: "Time After Time"


Carbondale: "Echoes of the Savoy"


Olympia: "Spectacle: A Night at the Circus"

Features the music of Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Edited by Dan Balash

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Argo Community: "Man of Steel"

Featuring music from the movie "Man of Steel" by Hans Zimmer.


Benet Academy: "West Side Story"


Illinois Valley Central: "Love is Louder Than..."

From their Facebook page: 



It carries a theme about "love and acceptance of everyone around us."


Pontiac Township: "Pure Joy"

Joy in All Things - Brian Balmages

Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven

Joy - Joseph Curiale

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Alton: "Chutes & Ladders"

Play the Game - Queen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr2iDWQSwsI)

Joy Revisited - Frank Ticheli (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05tNU1lyLC8)

You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxrX42WcjQ)

Slide - Goo Goo Dolls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzqYRKnOQqI)

Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI8P_mwEm-M)



Lincoln-Way West: "Seven"

Inspired by "Luck be a Lady Tonight" and Beethoven's 7th Symphony.


Listen to the midi here: http://fitzpatrickmusic.net/sevennew.php



Monticello: "Ascension"


Inspired by "Bring Me to Life" and "Lacrymosa" by Evanescence and Mozart's "Requiem"


Listen to the midi here: http://fitzpatrickmusic.net/ascension.php

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Bremen: "Man of Steel"


Crystal Lake Central: "New York City"

On Broadway - Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 

Take the A Train - Billy Strayhorn

Harlem Nocturne - Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers

New York, New York - John Kander and Fred Ebb 

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Rolling Meadows: "The Far East"
-Original music by Gary Gilroy.


Wheeling: "Beyond Blues"

Basically Blues - Phil Wilson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU6Nh6rnfsM)

Since I Fell For You - Buddy Johnson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7xrQY_FLM4)

La Fiesta - Chick Corea (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uok_WpjCTc)


Newton: "The Climb"

-Original music by Gary Gilroy.


Mt. Carmel: "Postcards"

-Rio de Janiero
-Hong Kong
-French Riviera
-The Big Apple


Prospect: "Song of the Siren"

-Music of Andrew Rolf Rudin and Claude Debussy.

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Glenbrook North: "Go West!"

Wanted Dead or Alive - Jon Bon Jovi

Go West! which is a medley of The Magnificent Seven, Blazing Saddles, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and The Horse arranged by Ralph Ford and Silverado by Bruce Broughton

Hoe Down from Rodeo - Aaron Copland

Desperado - Don Henley and Glen Frey


Huntley: "Illusions"

Trap Door

Smoke and Mirrors

The Prestige


Original music by Jeff Chambers.


Lakes Community music to include the following:

Beethoven 9 - Ode to Joy

Petrushka - Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird - Igor Stravinsky

Simple Gifts - Joseph Brackett


LaSalle Peru: Music from Les Miserables

One Day More

Work Song/At The End of the Day


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Heritage: "Da Bluze!"


Plainfield Central: "Haunted"


Eureka: "DIS(appear)"


Sangamon Valley: "ON FIRE"


Sullivan: "Laws of Motion"

-Original music by Craig Fitzpatrick.




John Hersey: "What Makes a Warrior?"

Xerxes - John Mackey

Homage to Perotin from Medieval Suite - Ron Nelson

Three Japanese Dances - Bernard Rogers

Symphony #3- Aaron Copland

Dreams - Betrand Moren



This music is fun and exciting and represents a different approach for us this year - no "story" but a "conceptual show."



Providence Catholic:


Our show this year will continue to feature traditional Celtic cultural music and a few surprises.


Waubonsie Valley: "Dreamland"



Yorkville: "Jersey Boys"

Can't Take My Eyes off of You

Big Girls Don't Cry

December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

Walk Like a Man


All music by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio.

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Morris Community: "The Music of Richard Saucedo"


Joliet West: "Illusions"


Lincoln Community: "That 60's Show"

House of the Rising Sun - Traditional

Paint it Black - Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

Respect -Otis Redding

Light My Fire - Morrison/Manzarek/Densmore/Krieger

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher


Carterville: "Chicago Street Players"

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Glenbard West: "The Music of Steely Dan"

Peg, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, and Reeling in the Years


DeKalb: "Les Miserables"


Dunlap: "Fall of the Titans"


Fieldcrest: "Music of Simon & Garfunkel"

Scarborough Fair
Mrs. Robinson
Bridge Over Troubled Water


Rockridge: Music to include:

- Piano Man

- We Didn't Start the Fire
- Dr. Feelgood
- Don't Stop Believin'
Coal City: "Voyage to a New World"

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Batavia: "Into the Woods: A Dark Journey"


Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond: Selections from Frozen


Collinsville: "Bound to Eternity"

Music of Karl Jenkins, Giuseppe Verdi, and Frank Ticheli


Dunlap: "Fall of the Titans"


Genoa-Kingston: "Music from Earth, Wind & Fire"

Let's Groove

In the Stone


Urbana: Music from Cirque du Soleil's Quidam
Edited by Dan Balash

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