Alex and the Phantom Band [Wind Ens] – Sets
David Maslanka

Alex and the Phantom Band

A Young Listener's Introduction to Wind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments

Based on the story "The Thirteenth Hour" by Kathryn Maslanka

for Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble and Narrator
16 min., 30 sec.   •   
   •   Grade 4
Product Type: Sets

Alex, in search of a flute to give his father for a birthday present, is swept off into a musical dream world where he finds a shabby old theater, the home of “His Majesty’s Royal Band.” Alex climbs to the conductor’s podium and sees the glittering instruments spread before him – living instruments, but no players! He picks up the baton and points. Each instrument and section responds with its characteristic sounds. Overwhelmed, Alex faints away…to come awake in his own bed, and in his pajama pocket an ancient mahogany flute for his father’s birthday. “Alex” is an engaging and satisfying musical adventure for the young of all ages.

It’s a great piece from both perspectives – educational and musical.

William Ledbetter

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