American Composers Forum/BandQuest
BandQuest®, is a music series and curriculum for middle-level band, written by world-class composers. The series, a program of the American Composers Forum, is designed to breathe new life into the available repertoire for band, introduce students to the composition process, and give commissioned composers the unique opportunity and challenge of writing new works for young instrumentalists.
BandQuest was created as a response to feedback from music educators indicating that there was a pressing need for new, fresh band music. To aid composers as they write, ACF pairs them with a middle school in their area. Composers visit rehearsals and engage with students before composing specifically for them. Published by the American Composers Forum, the pieces are distributed exclusively by Hal Leonard Corporation.
The heart of this program are twenty-two new works and accompanying curricula written by a diverse group of top composers who have created an array of pieces that are a true departure from standard middle-level repertoire. Interdisciplinary curricula are available for free at www.BandQuest.org and include warm-ups, rehearsal lessons, readings, and more!