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PERFORMANCE NOTES Ode to Christmas is written to educate your Beginning Band during the holiday season and have some fun at the same time. Creatively using fragments of Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells and Good King Wenceslas, each of the performers gets a chance to be a part of the melodic line. Pay particular attention to the articulation markings, as these are essential in balancing the group in order to highlight the melodic lines. Ending with a crack of the whip (slapstick), this piece is sure to entertain your students as well as your audience in any holiday concert.
ABOUT THE ARRANGER Bill Calhoun received his Master of Music degree from Mansfield State University (Pennsylvania) and his Bachelor of Music Education and Applied Music degree from Ithaca College, New York. He has been a public-school music educator for nearly thirty years and is currently Director of Bands and Department Chair at DeWitt Middle School in the Ithaca City School District, where he is also the district-wide Curriculum Chair for Instrumental Music. He resides in Lansing, New York with his wife and four children. Currently a member of BMI, Bill has written countless band, brass and percussion arrangements/compositions for groups both concert and marching throughout the United States, Japan, Canada and England, and is published with Carl Fischer Music, Warner Bros. Publications and Ethos Publications.