Dennis Eveland is entering his 27th year in music education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University, and a Master of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music. He also earned an Educational Administration Certificate from Texas A&M International University.
Mr. Eveland is a very active marching band arranger, as well as a composer. He has either written or arranged over 50 selections for competitive marching bands. His arrangements have earned several bands advance to Area Level of the Texas State Marching Band Competition. His concert works are available from TRN Music Publishers, C.L. Barnhouse Publications, and Grand Mesa Music Publications. He is available to write commissions for concert band works, marching band works, and orchestra works.
A Night at the Opera – Grade 3.5
“A Night at the Opera” gives your students the opportunity to play some of the most familiar opera selections in history. This should be a show that can be both educational for your students and audience. Movement I is “Pagliacci”. This arrangement features a fun mellophone/French horn solo. With very exciting percussion, this very familiar selection will help start your show in the right direction. Movement II is “O Sole Mio”. This beautiful selection features both winds and pit instruments. There are many opportunities to perform this work with several rubatos. Movement III is “Selections from Carmen”. Your audience will be familiar with these famous selections. Movement IV closes “A Night at the Opera” with the famous William Tell Overture. Note: Directors you can easily change the order of selections to fit your musical tastes.
Amusement Park – Grade 3.5
Movement I: G Force will take you on a wild ride on the roller coaster. Your visual designer can really do a lot with this movement! Movement II: Scream is all about the about the house of horrors. There is even an optional measure for a soloist to scream. Of course, you could also program a scream using a keyboard. Movement III: The Great River Rapids takes the listener through that wet water ride. There is a beautiful melody introduced by a French horn soloist and then continued by the rest of the band. Movement IV: The Final Ride brings the show to its end on the last ride of the day. A fast and furious way to end your show! Your audience will love their day trip to The Amusement Park!
Generations – Grade 3.5
Generations runs the gamut of music that represents our Grandparents, Children and Parents.
- Fanfare for a New Generations a powerful opener that will catch the audience’s attention from the very start.
- Red, Yellow, Black, White is a collage of familiar songs from your past that are familiar to all children.
- Song for Parents / Into the Future pays tribute to our Grandparents and Parents everywhere – you may even hear some familiar sounding 70′s music!
Journey to Atlantis – Grade 3.5
- Entrance into the Great Land takes us into Atlantis, with all of its’ golden hues and architecture beyond compare.
- The Gods return to their land peacefully. As the tempo accelerates, the Gods have become increasingly upset with the people of this great continent because of the evil lives they lead.
- The Gods become enraged that their beautiful continent has become filled with evil and despair. The Gods destroy Atlantis causing it to sink far beneath the sea for all eternity.
- The Resurrection brings hope and optimism that one day, Atlantis, will rise from the bottom of the sea.
Movement I (Celebration on Ye Ship)-We open up this lively show with “Celebration on Ye Ship”. This exciting opener conjures up visions of pirates’ drinking, dancing, and having a merry old time.
Movement II (Resting with Me Treasure)-The pirates are now tired and resting on perhaps a deserted island. Featuring a beautiful melody and soloists (trumpet/euphonium or trombone), our pirate is now content with the treasure he has captured.
Movement III (A Pirate’s Celebration)-After waking up from his peaceful nap, the celebration continues. More drinking and dancing are just some of the visions captured in this movement.
Movement IV (The Final Battle)-This movement brings our show to a conclusion, as our pirates begin another battle for more glory and treasure chests full of rewards. Percussion is composed by Adam Bruce.
Rising Temperatures – Grade 3.5
Rising Temperatures takes you and your audience on a musical trip through the various degrees associated within various climates.
We begin the show with “30 Degrees”. This movement is based on the classical sounds, that we expect from listening to the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We continue with “50 Degrees”. In this movement, you can hear the wind blow and feel the cold chilly air. We have a lovely flute solo introducing the melody that used in this movement. The weather gets much warmer in “90 Degrees”. You can actually visualize being on a tropical beach listening to a steel drum band. We close with “100 Degrees”. In this final movement, it is hot and the tempos are blazing fast too.
This show has many visual opportunities. Take your band on a trip of varying degrees….”Rising Temperatures.
The Music of Camille Saint Saen – Grade 3.5
I. The Organ Symphony: An exciting way to begin this production. II. Danse Macabre: Familiar, entertaining, and fun to perform. Your students and audience will love this movement. III. The Swan: Showcase your best flautist in this lovely movement from “Carnival of Animals”. IV. Danse Bacchanale: A very exciting way to end this production. A treatment of some of the greatest hits of Camille Saint-Saens- a powerful show to be sure!
To Russia with Love – Grade 3
I.We begin our musical journey thru historic Russia with Borodin’s “Polovesian Dances” combined with “Dance of the Buffoons” by Rimsky-Korsakov. “Polovesian Dances” is written with a fanfare style and then goes into the exciting “Dance of the Buffoons”.
II.Movement II combines “Valse Des Fleurs” with excerpts from the very popular “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky.
III.In our third movement, Trepak is introduced by the full ensemble and then the percussion section takes over for an exciting finish.
IV.A show featuring Russian music could not be done without performing the “1812 Overture”. However, this is not your typical arrangement. I have put familiar themes previously used in the show into this arrangement.
Universal Themes in Music – Grade 3.5
Explores common themes in music including: birth, love, death, and celebration using original and orchestral works. Movement I- Birth is an original composition that is fast driving and represents the excitement a family feels when a new child is brought into the world. Movement II- Love uses “Polyvestian Dances” by Borodin, to establish love as portrayed by a solo flutist and passed to the rest of the band. This can be a real show piece for your guard! Movement III- Death is based on Berlioz’s “March of the Scaffold” portraying the musical emotions felt when we lose a loved one. Powerful chords and big scoring contrast a clarinet cadenza that makes this a memorable movement to your show Movement IV- Celebration uses an upbeat treatment of Beethoven’s famous “Hymn to Joy” melody to bring this show to a joyous end!