Belwin Concert Band Series Guidelines

Belwin Concert Band Series Guidelines

VERY BEGINNING BAND (Grade ½)


Instrumentation: Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Trumpet; Horn; Trombone/Baritone/ Bassoon; Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Optional Timpani & Percussion.
Special Considerations: Utilizes only the first few notes presented in most beginning band methods; designed for both instruction and performance during the first year. Limited use of repeated-pitch eighth notes as the most complex rhythm combined with solid scoring and extensive cross-cueing permits successful performance with incomplete or unbalanced instrumentation; limited percussion instrumentation constructed without rolls.

BEGINNING BAND (Grade 1–1½)


Instrumentation: Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Trumpet; Horn; Trombone/Baritone/ Bassoon; Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Optional Timpani & Percussion.
Special Considerations: Awkward skips avoided; ample cross-cueing (especially solos); care taken to write “easy” low brass/low woodwind parts; percussion may be written a grade level above winds level.

YOUNG BAND (Grade 2–2½)


Instrumentation: Flute; Oboe; Bassoon; 1st & 2nd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; 1st & 2nd Trumpet; Horn; Trombone; Baritone; Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Timpani & Percussion—for popular music; Synthesizer & Drumset parts, when included, are optional.
Special Considerations: Awkward skips avoided; ample cross-cueing (especially solos); care taken to write “easy” low brass/ low woodwind parts; percussion may be written a grade level above winds level.

CONCERT BAND (Grade 3–3½)


Instrumentation: 1st & 2nd Flute; Oboe; Bassoon; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; 1st & 2nd Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trumpet; 1st & 2nd Horn; 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trombone; Euphonium; Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Timpani & Percussion (expanded)—for popular music; Synthesizer; Drumset & Electric Bass parts, when included, are optional.
Special Considerations: Extensive cross-cueing (always on solos for Horn, Bassoon, & Oboe); composers are encouraged to use expanded percussion, particularly mallet and accessory instruments.

SYMPHONIC BAND (Grade 4+)


Instrumentation: C Piccolo; 1st & 2nd Flute; 1st & Opt. 2nd Oboe; 1st & Opt. 2nd Bassoon;1st, 2nd, & 3rd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Contrabass Clarinet (opt.); 1st & 2nd Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trumpet; 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Horn; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trombone; Euphonium; Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Timpani & Percussion (expanded).
Special Considerations: As necessary for musical content.