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Orchestra

Introducing the Mark Wood Series

Featuring Free Play-Along and Video Resources

Alfred Music is excited to partner with recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, Emmy® Award-winning composer, and music education advocate Mark Wood to create a new series for string orchestra. Students will love applying classical techniques while adding rock-type elements. These amazing arrangements and originals will energize your string orchestra. Many of these pieces are in multi-level format, including two pieces in one! Mix and match the parts to help all of your students have appropriate level music. These will be perfect for mass performances!

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Play-Along Resources

 

Arizona Sun

Grades 1 & 2

This work is in the key of A major and based on a traditional blues progression that can be found in early rock and roll.

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Crazy Train

Grades 2 & 3

Crazy Train was co-written by one of Mark Wood’s main influences and favorite guitar players, Randy Rhoads, a neo-classical rock guitar player.

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Bach to Rock

Grades 3½

Bach to Rock showcases the beauty of 17th century music with a more contemporary rock feel.

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Hunters of Avatar

Grades 1 & 2

Inspired by characters in the movie Avatar orchestra musicians are conveyed as a type of "string warrior" depicted by stomping and shouting!

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Ride the Wind

Grades 3½

This composition showcases how pop/rock music fits perfectly with orchestras and features soaring melodies and rockin’ cellos and basses!

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String Thang

Grades 2 & 3

String Thang uses both blue notes in the main tune and the solo violin's part, as well as improvisational principles in the solo.

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Wood's Bolero

Grades 2 & 4

Wood's Bolero focuses on the American bolero while maintaining elements of the dance's origins and first iterations.

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Differentiate Your Instruction with Multi-Level Pieces

 

Perfect for mixed-level ensembles, or for combining classes, several titles in the Mark Wood series include two sets of parts, each for a different grade level. Mix and match the parts so that your students have the part that is best-suited for them! Click on the sample excerpts below to see the entire page.

Several pieces include a solo so you can feature a student or guest soloist.

Access the Mark Wood Playbook in SmartMusic and enjoy all of the Playbook content plus exclusive bonus material with your subscription! Use world-class practice tools with additional exercises, loops, and compositions to challenge and support your journey! Mark Wood's Alfred titles will be available on SmartMusic starting Fall 2021, so you can track your student's progress, and they receive immediate feedback from their practice.

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Mark Wood

About Mark Wood

Mark Wood’s dexterity, ferocity, texture, and attack of playing almost invariably lead to comparisons with some of the rock era’s most renowned guitarists. Comparisons, however, cannot come close to capturing the electricity, passion, and innovation exhibited in all of his very unique music.

In an industry where originality is a highly prized commodity, recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, Emmy-winning composer, and music education advocate Mark Wood is truly an original. He began his career with a full scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and had the privilege of studying under Maestro Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Program.

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