I’m a big fan of the band music which is correlated with specific pages of method books like Essential Elements. Selecting pieces from these collections has made my job a little easier in that I know in advance if my young players are familiar with the concepts and fingerings involved in the piece.
Here are some titles from the Explorer Level which I have had success with:
The Lost City
Bugler’s Dream (Olympic Fanfare)
Dragonfire. A fellow music teacher recently told me that one of my former students told him she had played this piece with my group and she wanted to play it again his band. You know it’s a favorite when this happens!
March of the Romans
Here are some titles from the Performer Level which I have had success with:
Linus and Lucy