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• Approximately Grade 1-2 Standard.
• Tricky counting, learn to subdivide.
• Differentiated parts. Second parts are very simple indeed.
• Group dynamics and group crescendo and diminuendo effects.
• Semitones used.
• Flexible structure to enable extension or diminution.
• Staccato, marcato accents used.
• Introduces offbeats and onbeats, suspensions and syncopation.
• Key words: subdivide and syncopation.
"To play too, play two now!" - Composed by Russell Gilmour
Composed for Junior Concert Band by Russell Gilmour
This piece is the third in the Junior Concert Band Collection (JCBC). The JCBC was inspired by the innovative new instrumental 'hubs' in London. These 'hubs' give students the opportunity to continue learning the instrument that they were taught in school as part of the wider opportunities programme, with other students from other schools.

There are a wealth of arrangements and compositions available for young orchestras (including string orchestras) and youth brass bands, but we very quickly found that there are very few resources for young wind orchestra ensembles.

The wider opportunities programme has given rise to greater numbers of young instrumentalists playing in ensembles. The combination of instrumentalists in each cohort has been variable. Resultantly, I decided to make my own arrangements, transcriptions or compositions which were tailored to the students and to the particular instrumentation required. The experience of directing and teaching the resulting pieces to the ensemble has allowed me to review and refine many of my initial ideas. It is these that form the basis of this collection.

"To play too, play two now!" is a relatively simple piece to play. The notes are well within the comfortable range of most grade 1 students - however the difficulty comes from the counting. This piece will encourage students to subdivide in their ensemble playing. The catchy tune, comprising of running quavers (8th notes), split between parts will ensure that there is nearly always a quaver (8th note) beat subdividing the main beats. The second section uses mainly minims (half notes) in a chordal accompaniment, with flutes providing syncopated minims (half notes) against it. Finally, the 'A' section returns and the piece has a rhythmic and quirky ending.

• Score
• Flute 1
• Flute 2
• Clarinet 1 in Bb
• Clarinet 2 in Bb
• Trumpets 1 & 2 in Bb (one part, more players needed for balance)

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