An outstanding addition to the BandQuest series, “Sweet like that” features low brass emphasis at the beginning and end, trap set, and other requests from students with whom Mr. Theofanidis workshopped the piece. This work is exuberant, joyful, and with a whiff of gospel; capsulizing the sound of the American street, instrumental doo-wop; an urban march. Free interdisciplinary curriculum for the piece is available for download at www.BandQuest.org.
BandQuest®, an exciting series of new music and accompanying curricula for band, is a program published by the American Composers Forum. The series was started as a response to feedback from music educators that there is a pressing need for new, fresh band music. The heart of this program is new works written by a diverse group of leading American composers who have created challenging pieces that are a true departure from standard middle school repertoire. Every BandQuest project includes a residency component in which the composer works collaboratively with a middle school as they create their new piece.Many BandQuest pieces are accompanied by an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to assist students as they learn the music and to integrate each piece with non-music studies. Visit www.bandquest.org to learn more about this innovative series, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free downloadable audio catalog.