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"Bandestration" website
« on: September 10, 2016, 05:06:43 PM »
I just stumbled across this website:  https://bandestration.com/   by Bret Newton. Seems to have some good information.
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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 06:36:06 PM »
I'm going to sticky this in the orchestration section of the forum, if that's all right with you.
thanks for the find.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 02:18:27 AM »
Cool website, thanks for sharing!
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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2016, 05:34:26 AM »
I'm going to sticky this in the orchestration section of the forum, if that's all right with you.
thanks for the find.

Of course it's ok!
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Terence Martin

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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 02:04:58 PM »
This is interesting and probably useful to me as I've wanted to write some symphonic band stuff.
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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 07:38:09 PM »
The owner of the site is about to publish a 475 page book on orchestration for band. As if 475 pages weren't enough, this book is intended to be the first of 3 interrelated books.  I've preordered this first volume thru go fund me.
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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 12:48:23 PM »
Update on Bret Newton's book. I'm quite pleased with it. The only book I had found dealing specifically with writing for concert band was by Frank Ericson and was from the 1980s. (Granted, I had not done an extremely exhaustive search, but none the less....) Newton's book is a significant expansion of the material that was on his site. I skimmed it once looking for things I needed specifically for my "411 Fanfare," and I'm now reading it more thoroughly. Lots of good material.
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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2017, 05:53:15 AM »
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Update on Bret Newton's book. I'm quite pleased with it. The only book I had found dealing specifically with writing for concert band was by Frank Ericson and was from the 1980s. (Granted, I had not done an extremely exhaustive search, but none the less....) Newton's book is a significant expansion of the material that was on his site. I skimmed it once looking for things I needed specifically for my "411 Fanfare," and I'm now reading it more thoroughly. Lots of good material.

GREAT! I browsed the website and thought it was pretty thorough and detailed, although some pages wouldn't load. The whole thing seems like a very worthwhile project--and long overdue.

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Re: "Bandestration" website
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2017, 10:07:57 AM »
is there any method other than paypal to pay for the book?
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 12:10:01 PM »
Also available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Band-Orchestration-1-Bret-Newton/dp/1537619845/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486843600&sr=8-1&keywords=book+newton+bret

Funny story about Bret and Amazon: Bret posted on Facebook (paraphrased) "Based on an analysis of my searches, Amazon just suggested that I might be interested in my own book."  I replied that perhaps, if he's lucky, he could get one autographed.
Terence Martin

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Goal: Improve quantity and quality of concert band compositions.
Play: Saxophones (all, but tenor primary), Bass Clarinet, Piano (poorly)