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Heartland Band Music

by Jason K. Thompson

Affordable, custom music to fit your band's needs and maximize your strengths.

Providng musically valuable and fun-to-play arrangements and compositions that don't require virtuoso performers.

 

Approachable Quality

 Great music doesn't have to be extremely difficult to play. Let's get you the material you need to make some high-quality music with the students that you have!

Where's the great music for small and intermediate bands?

 I started this endeavor as a band director in a rural area who struggles year after year to find high quality music that's also appropriately challenging for my intermediate-level student performers. So I started arranging it myself!

(Scroll down a bit to hear examples.)

Help you students unleash their genius.

Student musicians are amazing. They're funny, intelligent, and passionate about music! Give them music that they'll love and be able to play, that still has musical value. If the performers are having a good time, the audience is having a good time!

"That's cool!"

 Why not have a tuba break instead of a drum break? Why not show off that outstanding flute and tenor sax player together? We don't have to conform to convention; let's show off your students' skills!

Listen to some custom arrangements that I've done for my band students in the Blue Star Brigade:

2019 entire show: "Defying Gravity", "Space Oddity/Rocket Man", and "Mars, Bringer of War"

(Our performance starts at about 1:00:23)

2017 closer: "The Love You Save" (Jackson 5 show)

(Closer starts at about 6:33)

How much does it cost?

I have a few different price points, and I am open to negotiation, because I know first hand what it's like to be a band director with a small budget! :) I will work with you on issues like instrumentation, difficulty grade for each section, your vision for what it should sound like, etc. 

 

1. Commission a CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT for band:

   i.e. "I really want to play "Oye Como Va", and I want it to actually sound like Santana, but I can't find a great arrangement of it."

Marching Band or Concert Band: $250, Jazz Band: $200

 

2. Commission an ORIGINAL COMPOSITION for your band:

   i.e. "I want to have an original piece to premiere at our spring concert, and I want it to be fun and rhythmic to get the audience's toes tapping!" or "I want an original composition for our marching band that is lyrical and emotionally moving."

Marching Band or Concert Band: $300, Jazz Band: $250

 

3. Commission an ARRANGEMENT for a CHAMBER ENSEMBLE or SOLO with piano accompaniment:

Any chamber combination of up to four instruments: $175

Instrumental solo with piano accompaniment: $200

Any other combination of instruments/voices: contact

 

4. Commission an ORIGINAL COMPOSITION for a CHAMBER ENSEMBLE or SOLO with piano accompaniment:

Any chamber combination of up to four instruments: $200

Instrumental solo with piano accompaniment: $225

Any other combination of instruments/voices: contact

 

For other types of music, just contact me and we'll talk about it!

JasonKThompsonMusic@gmail.com

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