Randy Navarre (composer)
All Grade ½’s are playable with only 5 instruments: 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 1 alto saxophone, and 1 trumpet. Those instruments are not always doubled elsewhere. The song is written in such a way, it will sound good with a limited instrumentation and richer and fuller as your band gets bigger. All Grade ½’s by Northeastern Music are playable after only 5 – 7 lessons. At this performance level, no clarinet crosses the break. Kids absolutely love this song! The composition is written in Phrygian Mode so the students get to hear a minor sound without accidentals. The shortest rhythm is a quarter note so you hand it out very early in their studies. The flute players get to play a very easy trill which all find very exciting. The 1st trumpet’s highest note is B.