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About Featured Composer Craig Mason

Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught 5-12 Band and Choir in Pepin, Wisconsin, 7th grade band and 8th grade band at Stoughton Middle School and band, theater, music theory, jazz, marching band, and chamber ensembles at Stoughton High School. Craig has extensive experience with jazz education and a rich history with the drum and bugle corps genre, dating back to 1976. He was a performer and teacher for the Madison Scouts until 1992, taught several music ensembles in Europe, and is currently teaching and writing music for the Kilties drum and bugle corps. Craig was selected for the Kohl Fellowship in 1989 and has been selected for Who's Who in America's Teachers numerous times, as well as being selected for Who's Who in America, and has been selected as the most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, by School Band and Orchestra magazine. He has taught many band clinics, judges marching band contests and solo & ensemble festivals. He has arranged and composed for many marching bands, concert bands, chamber ensembles, brass bands, and drum and bugle corps around the United States, Europe and Japan. He is also the conductor of the 2012 Section 2 NABBA champion Madison Brass Band (http://www.madisonbrassband.com/). In addition, he also writes drill for marching bands.

Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by J.S. Bach

Arranged by Craig Mason

7 Minutes 45 Seconds

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bb Clarinet 4, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

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Chester for Brass Quintet

Music by William Billings (1746-1800)

Arranged by Craig Mason

Commissioned by the Americana Band, Peosta, Iowa

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: 1st Cornet, 2nd Cornet, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba

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The Marriage of Figaro Overture for Percussion Ensemble

Music by W.A. Mozart

Arranged by Craig Mason

Commissioned by the Arts High School of Newark, New Jersey

7 Minutes

Instrumentation: Orchestral Bells, Two Xylophones, Two Vibraphones (Second part can be performed on Marimba), Marimba, Timpani, Bass Drum, and Cymbals

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Washington Post March for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

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Hodge Podge for Clarinet Ensemble

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Available in two versions:

Version 1 Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

Version 2 Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

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The Liberty Bell March for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

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Habanera from "Carmen" for Flute Choir

Music by Georges Bizet

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Flute 3, Flute 4, Flute 5, Flute 6

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Introduction and Waltz for Tenor Saxophone and Piano

By Craig Mason

Dedicated to Phoebe

5 Minutes

Available in Two Versions:

1. Bb Tenor Saxophone and Piano

2. C Tenor Saxophone and Piano

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Manhattan Beach for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb

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Polka for Woodwind Quintet

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, and Bassoon

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A Wind Thing for Woodwind Quintet

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, and Bassoon

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Ivy for Strings and Percussion

By Nick Mason

Arranged by Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Violin I/Wind Chimes, Violin II/Rain Stick, Violin/Cocoa Bean Rattle

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The Star Spangled Banner for Chorus

By John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key

Arranged by Craig Mason

2 Minutes

For Four-Part Choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and Optional Piano

 

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The Star Spangled Banner Duet

By John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key

Arranged by Craig Mason

2 Minutes

Available for two flutes, two clarinets, two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, two horns, two trumpets, and two trombones

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen for Chorus

Traditional

Originally Harmonized by Sir John Stainer

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

For Four-Part Choir: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

 

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Model of a Modern-Major General for Trombone/Voice and Tuba

From "Pirates of Penzance"

Music by Gilbert and Sullivan

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Trombone/Voice and Tuba

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Komm Susser Swing for Jazz Band

Based on music by J. S. Bach

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Piano, String Bass, and Drum Set

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Der Schmetterling (The Butterfly) for Voice and Oboe

Music by Schubert

Lyrics by Friedrich von Schlegel

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Voice and Oboe

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A Baker's Dozen Leadsheet

12 + 1 Original Twelve-Bar Blues Tunes

By Craig Mason

Instrumentation: Leadsheet

Available in four versions: Concert Pitch, Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef

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Frolic for Tuba

An unaccompanied tuba solo for David S.

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Tuba

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Venga a mi for Chorus

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

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Alleluia for Women's Chorus

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2

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Youfoekneeum - Introduction and Waltz for Euphonium Quartet

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Euphonium Quartet (4 Euphonium parts)

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Two Songs by Brahms for Oboe/English Horn Quartet

Music by Johannes Brahms

Arranged by Craig Mason

1. In Waldeseinsamkeit (Forest Solitude)

2. Standchen (Serenade)

Arrangement commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Oboe 1, Oboe 2, English Horn 1, English Horn 2

 

 

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