In 2017, the Gower Community Band’s Terra Nova Program (TNP) was expanded to include the awarding of prizes for new Instrumental Arrangements for Concert Band.
This awards opportunity, offered as a prize from the Jack Green Memorial Fund in the amount of $500 either as a single award or shared among submissions, is in addition to the existing TNP award of $1,500 for new Concert Band Compositions (Original Works), bringing the total GCB TNP awards to $2,000 annually. As with the Original Composition awards program, now in its 13th year of successful operation, the purpose is to stimulate the production of new works for community and high school bands in Newfoundland and Labrador and to recognize the importance of skills in the art of arranging.
An instrumental arrangement is a reconceptualization of an existing musical composition. It involves varying or making changes to things such as the original harmonies, meters, form, rhythms, instrumentation, articulations, and melodies. It can include elements such as transitions, modulations, new compositional techniques, introductions, and thematic material.
Not eligible for awards are transcriptions or “re-orchestrations” of existing works where original notes are simply reassigned to the instruments of the traditional wind band.
Original source material can include traditional/folk music (for instruments or voice); existing band, orchestra, or choral works; classical, contemporary, and popular music; solo, chamber and symphonic music; and works of any style, including jazz and music of other cultures. (Note: If the source music is under copyright, permission to distribute, publish, or record for sale must be obtained. Composers are advised to obtain guidelines on copyright material, available from Memorial University.)
Examples of successful arrangements for concert band (levels 3-4) are suggested for student reference. The 14 works in this list include arrangements of folk song material as well as sacred and gospel music, and also helpful information on publishers and audio links.
While submissions of arrangements will be distinct from those of original compositions, the GCB TNP Guidelines for 2020 apply in terms of deadlines, submissions protocol, anonymity, performance levels, instrumentation, etc. Composers may enter either TNP category, or both, as long as their works are clearly defined. Please read the Guidelines carefully to avoid disappointment in the adjudication process. Happy arranging!