Concert Band Festival

Lyrical Suggestions

Note: This list is NOT the syllabus.

This list includes suggestions for lyrical pieces from both the syllabus and the broader repertoire - if you select a piece from this list that is not on the syllabus, please ensure you provide two scores for the adjudicators.

Please also note that this list is not exhaustive.


Piece Name Composer/Arranger Publisher
A Mighty Fortress J. Edmondson
A Shaker Hymn J. O’Reilly
A Song for Friends L. Daehn
At Daybreak Robert W. Smith CL Barnhouse
Atlantic Crossing Alan Lee Silva Carl Fischer
Amazing Grace J. Edmondson
Arioso J. Visconti/Del Borgo
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms Trad/D. Marlatt
Brother James’ Air MacBeth Bain/Wagner Belwin
Canticle D. Wagner Alfred/Belwin
Cathedral L. Conley
Chippewa Lullaby A. McGinty Queenwood/Kjos
Country Wildflowers L. Daehn
December Sky E. Morales
Dorian Dreamscape R. Sheldon
Early One Morning D. Stubbs Studio Music
Greensleeves Michael Sweeney Hal Leonard
Hotaru Koi (Japanese Folk Song) N. Fairchild
In Quiet Times J. Swearingen
Jeanette, Isabella W. Ryden
Largo from Symphony No. 9 C. Sharp
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Anne McGinty Schirmer Music
Maesong W. Owens TRN Music
Night Star S. Hodges
Shenandoah R. Smith & M. Story
Skye Boat Song J. O’Reilly Alfred/Belwin
St. Anthony Chorale M. Williams
Song of the Hebrides L. Daehn
Simple Gifts J. Bullock
Tales of the River Wye Philip Sparke Dehaske
Whispering Winds B. Balmages
Who Can Sail Against the Wind A. McGinty


Piece Name Composer/Arranger Publisher
A Child’s Embrace C. Young
A Childhood Hymn D. Holsinger
A Scottish Ballade R. Sheldon
A Song of Hope J. Swearingen
A Shaker Gift Song F. Ticheli
A Quiet Rain W. Cummings
Adagio Albinoni/de Haan
Adam’s Song Robert van Beringen Dehaske
Air for Winds M. Shelton
All the Pretty Little Horses A. McGinty
Anthem Edmonson
Aria Telemann/Daehn
As Torrents in Summer Elgar/Davis
Balladair F. Erickson
Ballade D. Jenkins
Brother James' Air Bain/Wagner
First Light on the Chesapeake
Greenwillow Portrait M. Williams
Horkstow Grange Micheal Sweeney Hal Leonard
I Saw Two Clouds At Morning K. Mixon
In the Bleak Midwinter Holst/Smith
Let Me Weep G.F. Handel/de Haan
Linden Lea R. Vaughan Williams/Stout
Old Scottish Melody: Auld Lang Syne Wiley
Our Kingsland Spring S. Hazo Hal Leonard
Prospect P. Le Plante
Rivers S. Hazo
Romantic Ballad T. Doss
Shadows in Time Q. Hilliard
Shenandoah R. Sheldon
The Red River Valley P. La Plante
The Spirit Endures James Hosay Curnow
Too Beautiful For Words Rob Grice CL Barnhouse
Water is Wide James Swearingen CL Barnhouse
When the Stars Began to Fall F. Allen
While I Watch the Yellow Wheat L. Daehn


Piece Name Composer/Arranger Publisher
A Quiet Moment P. Sparke Dehaske
Adagio for Winds E. Del Borgo
Air for Band F. Erickson
Ammerland Jacob de Haan
Appalachian Morning R. Sheldon Alfred
As Summer was Just Beginning L. Daehn
At Morning’s First Light D. Gillingham
Canterbury Chorale J. Van Der Roost
Crimond Trad.
Daydream T. Mahr
Deir' in De W. Barker
Down a Country Lane Copland arr. Patterson
Evensong W. Harbinson Alfred
Fantasy on “The Minstrel Boy” M. Grauer
Forever Holding Close the Memories Richard Saucedo Hal Leonard
Gentle Clouds Roll By D. Coakley
Gently Blows the Summer Wind R. Standridge Grand Mesa
Harvest Hymn P. Grainger
Heaven's Light S. Reineke
If Thou Be Near Bach/Reed
In Heaven’s Air Hazo
Intermezzo for Band J. de Haan
Loch Lomond F. Ticheli
Misty Rain, Softly Falling F. Erickson
My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish J.S. Bach/Reed
Nettleton J. Vinson Hal Leonard
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss D. Holsinger
On a Southern Hymnsong D. Holsinger
On Angel Wings E. Huckeby
Orfeo's Song Gluck/Beringen
Prelude on an Irish Folk Tune P. Sparke Dehaske
Quiet Music Douglas Wagner Alfred/Belwin
Rain Brian Balmages FJH
Reverie for Bonita Bray
Rhosymedre Williams/Beeler
Shenandoah F. Ticheli
Star Ship Y. Nishimura
Sure on this Shining Light S. Barber/Saucedo
The Whispering Tree G. Farmer Daehn Publishing
Then I Saw The Lucent Sky Todd Stalter Alfred
Walden C. Sharp
Wind Darren Jenkins Alfred
Windsong J. Zdechlik Kjos
With Each Sunset R. Saucedo
With Quiet Courage L. Daehn
Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon P. Grainger
Yorkshire Ballad Barnes

B400 - B500

Piece Name Composer/Arranger Publisher
A Hymn For The Lost & Living Eric Ewazen
A Movement for Rosa Camphouse
Amazing Grace F. Ticheli
American Elegy F. Tichelli
Be Thou My Vision D. Gillingham
Cantus T. Doss DeHaske
Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision J. Stamp
Come Sweet Death Bach/Reed
Contre qui, rose M. Lauridsen/Reynolds Peer-Southern Music
Down Longford Way P. Grainger
Dusk S. Bryant
Elegy J. B. Chance
Elegy for a Young American LoPresti
Eternal Father, Strong to Save C. T. Smith
Hennepin County Dawn S. Hazo Hal Leonard
I Am Boysen
In Memoriam: Kristina B. Yurko
In this hid Clearing J. Stamp Kjos
Irish Tune from County Derry P. Grainger
Lux Aurumque E. Whitacre
Lyric Essay D. Coakley
Morning Alleluias R. Nelson
My Heart is Longing Bach/Reed
Night – Movement II R. Rumbelow Kjos
None But the Lonely Heart Tchaikovsky/Curnow
October E. Whitacre
Of Strength and Peace G. Farmer Daehn Publications
Perthshire Majesty S. Hazo
Remembrance of Things to Come J. Stamp
Salvation is Created Tschesnekoff/Houseknecht
Sheep May Safely Graze Bach/Reed
Sleep E. Whitacre
Suo-Gan J. Curnow
Trauermusik R. Wagner/Leidzen
Watchman, Tell Us of the Night M. Camphouse
Whisper to Their S. Hazo Hal Leonard
Who Will But Let Himself be Guided Bach/Reed