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     Flute Solos (with piano accompaniment, unless noted)

          In the Garden (arr. Baird)
          The classic Gospel hymn beautifully arranged for flute and piano. Suitable for church
          services and other performances. For high school level and above.

          Dance of the Wind (grade 2) - A perfect vehicle for the young performer’s first solo
          contest experience; very melodic and easy to memorize with contrasting staccato and
          legato sections.

          Dontonio: An Opera in Miniature (grade 4) - Bold proclamations, beautiful melodies of
          love, and even an argument that culminates with dueling rivals (flute vs. piano).  This
          delightful "one of a kind" solo will set your performance apart from the ordinary and leave a
          lasting impression on audiences and adjudicators alike.

          Trill Etude (grade 4) - Do you have flute students who need to learn their trill fingerings?  
          This addition to flute pedagogical literature features 14 different trills in only 34 bars of
          music and yet is musically complete enough to qualify as a contest solo.

          Overture to the Barber of Seville by Rossini (arr. K. Baird) (grade 3) – This arrangement
          for flute solo (w/piano) retains the excitement and fun of the very familiar original without the
          technical demands; very playable by an advanced middle school flutist or a young high
          school performer. Top note is “E” above the treble clef (with one optional “A” above that).

     Oboe Solos
 
         
Shadow Dance and Lament (grade 4) – Opening and closing with a quasi-oriental style   
          Moderato and featuring a beautifully haunting “Lament,” this oboe solo (w/piano) was
          included as a  “recommended selection” for grade 4 oboists in the “Oboe Music Study
          Guide” by Renee Higgins and David Hite (published by Southern Music).

         
Autumn Fantasie (grade 3, with an optional grade 4 cadenza) – An almost “Satie-like”
          opening is featured in this very lyric solo. A very difficult cadenza is optional and the
          composition works fine with it omitted (published by Shawnee Press: Concert Works).


     Clarinet Ensembles

          Trio (grade 2) - Lively parts for all players highlight this trio for young clarinet players.  An
          optional part for bass clarinet adds to the flexibility of this trio. 
 
          Quartet Brilliante
(grade 2 - 3) – Featuring contrasting Marcato and Legato sections, this
          quartet for young clarinetists
keeps everyone actively involved throughout. Although parts one
          and four go up to a concert “Ab” above the staff, parts two and three go up only to a concert
          “Eb” within the staff.  

         
Divertimento (trio for Bb soprano clarinets) (grade 3) - Set at a moderate tempo in concert
          Bb minor, this short work is a delightful contest showcase for an advanced middle school or
          young high school clarinet trio.


      Trumpet Solos (with piano accompaniment)

         
Angels from the Realms of Glory (grade 3-4) – A classic Christmas carol in a
          contemporary setting. Opening with a brief flourish, the trumpet soloist quickly moves to a
          straightforward rendering of the melody. When the keyboard takes over the tune, the
          trumpet performs a fanfare-like obbligato that culminates in an impressive coda. Well-suited
          for Christmas programs of all types and for church services. The accompaniment may be
          performed on piano or organ.  

         
Call to Glory (grade 2-3) – A bold opening, a gorgeous Andante, and an impressively
          supportive piano accompaniment highlight this solo for the up and coming young trumpet
          player. The contemporary nature of the piano accompaniment helps give this solo a much
          more mature sound than most solos at this level.  Allegro – Andante – Allegro form. Upper
          range is only up to concert "D" with one optional concert "Eb".  

          Call to Glory II (Revised a fourth higher than the original) (grade 3+) – Originally a solo for
          young trumpet players, this version was created at the request of Doug Wilson (former
          principal trumpet of the Oklahoma Sinfonia and Tulsa Philharmonic, former moderator of the
          International Trumpet Guild’s “Ask the Teacher” website) who asked that I put it in a higher
          key for his own performance as well as for some of his more advanced students. A bold
          opening, a gorgeous Andante, and an impressively mature piano accompaniment highlight
          this trumpet solo. Allegro – Andante – Allegro form. Upper range is concert "A" with one
          optional concert "Bb".  

     Trombone/Baritone/Euphonium Solos (with piano accompaniment)


          Call to Glory (grade 2-3) - A bold opening, a gorgeous Andante, and an impressively
          supportive piano accompaniment highlight this solo for the up and coming young baritone or
          trombone player. The contemporary nature of the piano accompaniment helps give this solo
          a much more mature sound than most solos at this level.  Allegro – Andante – Allegro
          form. Upper range is only up to concert "D" with one optional concert "Eb".  

          Dance of the Wind (grade 2) - An outstanding vehicle for the young performer’s first solo
          contest experience, yet interesting enough for many high school players; very melodic and
          easy to memorize with contrasting staccato and legato sections.


     Trumpet Trio

          Trio Triumphant (grade 3) - This rondo for “like-brass” trio, although not technically
          difficult, will provide your students with a challenge to their ensemble skills. Each time the  
          A theme reappears, a different player is featured. (This is exactly the same publication as
          the version listed for French horn trio.).

      French Horn Trio

          Trio Triumphant (grade 3+) - This rondo for “like-brass” trio, although not technically 
          difficult, will provide your students with a challenge to their ensemble skills. Each time the 
          A theme reappears, a different player is featured. (This is exactly the same publication as
          the version listed for trumpet trio.).


     Trombone or Euphonium Trio (opt. mixed)

          Trio Triumphant (grade 3 - 4) This rondo for trombone or euphonium trio (or mixed low
          brass trio), although not technically difficult, will provide your students with a challenge to
          their ensemble skills. Each time the “A” theme reappears, a different player is featured.   
  

     Trumpet Quarte
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          Allegro (grade 5) - Chromaticism and angular melodies highlight this very challenging
          unaccompanied trumpet quartet; only for a very advanced high school or solid college
          quartet (trumpet quartets/choirs from Jenks HS and Union HS have successfully performed
          this at Oklahoma OSSAA competitions).

     6+ Trumpet Choir

          Gabriel's Legion (grade 4-6; extreme high range on 1st part!) - Set in 6/8 time, this
          advanced trumpet choir is truly an exciting way to start a concert.  Composed for the 1998
          Oklahoma N.S.U. Trumpet Festival, this work is a wonderful way to combine a large
          number of symphonic and big band trumpeters.  Written in a symphonic style, this brief
          fanfare is not heavy on finger technique, but demands clear, articulate playing by all and   
          outstanding range by those playing the 1st part (at least a strong D, with an optional E & G
          by one player preferred.)  (Also available for Brass Choir)


      Brass Quartet

          Quartet Brilliante
(grade 3) – Featuring contrasting Marcato and Legato sections, this
          quartet for young brass players keeps everyone actively involved throughout. Arranged for
          two trumpets, French horn, and trombone (or baritone). Range: Trumpet 1 goes up to a
          written “A” above the staff, trumpet 2 goes up to a written “E” within the staff, French horn
          goes up to a written “Eb” within the staff, and trombone goes up to a concert “ Bb” just
          above the bass clef staff.

          Fanfare a 4 (grade 2-3) – Originally written for brass quintet (Fanfare a 5), this well-crafted
          brass ensemble is now arranged for three trumpets and one baritone (or trombone).
          Trumpet one and baritone/trombone play the strongest melodic roles.  Trumpet one goes
          up only to a concert “D” within the staff. The baritone/trombone part goes up to a concert
          “D” just above the bass clef staff. The third trumpet part never goes above a written “G” in
          the staff and the second trumpet part goes up only to a concert “C” within the staff. This
          was arranged so that two strong middle school players could perform at contest with two
          friends who were somewhat less proficient.  

     Brass Quintet


          Fanfare a 5 (grade 2-3) - A well-crafted brass quintet in which the tuba and trombone (or
          euphonium) actually play a strong melodic role.  Though playable by better than average
          second year players, this quintet is musically strong enough to be performed by high
          school players and has been performed by professional quintets. (Also available for Brass
          Choir and Brass Quartet)  

          Cathedral Square
(grade 4-5) - Following a stately introduction that reflects the massive
          grandeur of medieval cathedrals, this quintet takes off on an energetic original theme that
          culminates with the inspiring classic hymn “Praise to the Lord.”  The substantial use of
          multiple meters keeps everyone alert (includes a brief optional piccolo trumpet section on
          the 1st trumpet part).  

     Brass Choir


          Repeat the Sounding Joy! (grade 2 ½ ) - Let your brass section open your next young
          band winter concert with this sparkling arrangement of Handel's "Joy to the World;” some
          sections of this arrangement are in an almost Gabrieli-like brass style. 

          Fanfare a 7 (grade 2-3) - Originally written for brass quintet (Fanfare a 5), this brass
          ensemble features tuba and trombone and euphonium playing a strong melodic role. 
          Though playable by above average middle school brass sections, this work is musically
          strong enough to be performed by high school players and has been performed by a college
          brass ensemble. This version is a fourth higher than the original quintet version with a top
          trumpet note of concert “G.” Note: At the ordering website (Stone Mill Music), this
          selection is incorrectly listed as Fanfare a 5 at the bottom of the ordering page. Read the
          description there to insure that you are ordering as intended. (Also available for Brass
          Quintet)  

         
Gabriel's Legion (grade 4-6 [due to range of optional notes]) – Now arranged for full brass
          ensemble. Set in 6/8 time, this advanced work is truly an exciting way to start a concert. 
          Written in a symphonic style, this brief fanfare is not heavy on finger technique, but
          demands clear, articulate playing by all and outstanding range by those playing the 1st part
          (at least a strong concert “Bb” above the staff, with one or two optional concert  “D”s & a
          concert “F” above the staff by one trumpet player.)  (Also available for 6+ Trumpet Choir)


     Violin Solo (with piano accompaniment)

         
Celtic Roots (grade 2) – A lively violin solo (w/piano) based on two traditional Irish Jigs:
          “Father O’Flynn’s” and “The Gobby O.” Well suited for casual public performances and as a
          light recital vignette.

         
Overture to the Barber of Seville by Rossini (arr. Baird) (grade 3+) – This arrangement 
          for violin solo (w/piano) retains the excitement and fun of the very familiar original without
          the technical demands; very playable by an advanced middle school violinist or a young
          high school performer. Top note is “D” above the treble clef.      

     Viola (with piano accompaniment)

          Dance of the Wind (grade 2) – An outstanding vehicle for the student's first solo contest 
          experience; very melodic and easy to memorize with contrasting staccato and legato
          sections.

     Cello Solo (with piano accompaniment)

          Dance of the Wind (grade 2) – An outstanding vehicle for the student's first solo contest 
          experience; very melodic and easy to memorize with contrasting staccato and legato        
          sections. This is the original version which I composed for my daughter when she was      
          studying cello as a young child.