I wrote my first original marching band piece this fall - a pre-game fanfare for the Plano Sr. High band, which I gave the utilitarian title "Plano Fanfare". I really hoped I'd have Gary's marching band library for this, but it wasn't to be. So here is the Finale SoftSynth version, with the Rowloff percussion:
I didn't think I could use the Rowloff marching percussion (softsynth) and GPO simultaneously. Is it possible?
You should be able to route the outputs in the mixer at least to the GPO Studio for the horn parts. I've played with the GM/GS soundfonts and the GPO Studio in Sibelius before, so I imagine it works in Finale as well. You may experience some latency, but if you're using ASIO you might be able to tweak that to below a discordant level pretty easily.
Recording it will be a bit of a challenge. The best bet to get all of the sound will be to use an additional recording program such as adobe audition, sound forge, goldwave, or even sound recorder, and to set the recording source as the wave out on the machine.
David, top flight band writing in this, certainly!
I would *really* like to hear this done live... the
harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic work in this is
David, I know this is a fanfare and intentionally
brief, but with the excellent material and writing
in this, might you consider expanding this further?
You've definitely got much to say, and the ability
to say it exceedingly well.
I'm an alumni and a friend of the band director - nothing official.
Thanks for the kind words everyone. I was aiming for something that sounded "a little Texas" and was sort of a classical contrast to the typical fight song and "March Grandioso" that typically appear in the pre-game. It came off well at the homecoming premiere; I'll try to post a video of it at some point.
Just wanted so say that we tried out the fanfare tonight live in "my" band. It sounded great, though it was a bit tricky to play in some parts. But I believe that in a couple of weeks we will sort it out.
Thanks, David for a great piece of music!