Patriotic, American Folk Songs, American History

American Pride

American Pride exudes love for the beautiful landscape of our country, the United States of America. Commissioned by the award-winning Jenison Choirs of Michigan, this choral will be an outstanding patriotic selection for your choir. Available: SATB, SAB, 2-part, StudioTrax CD.

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Bluetail Fly 

A best selling choral that give a facelift to this traditional American folksong with hand clapping, rapping all in rhythm and rhyme.

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Cape Cod Chantey

A bright and lively arrangement of the traditional American Folk Song for 2 pt. voices accompanied.

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Freedom Train

Inspired by two railroad songs, The Rock Island Line and This Train, Jill Gallina has created this fun, energetic partner song including original words and music. It bounces along atop an accompaniment that runs like a train and keeps the piece on track. When the surprise partner song appears, magic happens! "All aboard!" 

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Land That We Love

A partner song that combines America the Beautiful with an original touching counter melody, perfect for any patriotic occasion. Selected by NYSMA twice for The World’s Largest Concert.

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My America

Commissioned for the 2019 Indiana All State Middle School Honor Choir, "My America" was written to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all the people who live in our country. Although our ancestors came from lands that span the entire globe, the legacy of freedom that was forged by all who came before us has made it our responsibility to treat each other with kindness, respect and dignity. The lyrics invite everyone to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and special. This is the message of "My America."The words tell the story and are of the upmost importance. Please honor tempo markings and be sure to stress diction and enunciation. 

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Ode to Peace

The music from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Choral) finale – “Ode to Joy” – is the basis for this ingenious partner song. In “Ode to Peace” Jill takes the beloved Beethoven melody and adds original lyrics with partnered melody. There are teaching and performance notes on the history of the Symphony, Level I brass accompaniment and a hopeful message of peace for humankind. This is ideal as a festival finale for kids and adults, combined choirs with brass, in schools and in churches, any program, any time. 2 part any combination.

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Pretty Little Gals

"Chickens crowin' on Sourwood Mountain...so many pretty gals, we're gonna count them..." is the lead-in to this fun medley of folk songs titled with girl-names: Cindy; Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair; Li'l Liza Jane; Clementine; Barbara Allen and Oh, Susanna are all in there! A brief history of each folk song is included in this clever, entertaining program number. 

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Ring Those Bells

A pairing of two favorite folk songs about love and freedom in a partner-song that is sure to please. “If I Had a Hammer” and “Ring Those Bells!” are both songs with powerful messages and a call to action. This energetic coupling has it all – rhythmic spoken parts, catchy melodies, and lively accompaniment. “Ring Those Bells!” is excellent for use in the music classroom for the study of folk songs, partner-songs, or for practicing rhythm skills and syncopation. It is also a great novelty piece for concert use at any time of the year.

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Shortnin’ Bread

An updated version of this familiar children's melody with a brand new arrangement. Syncopated and energetic melodies eventually partner together with a bouncy beat, making this a novel selection for many choirs. Available: 2-part; StudioTrax CD.

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Sing a Song of Peace

A partner song that combines This is My Country with an original counter melody. Selected for The World’s Largest Concert and perfect for any patriotic celebration.

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Songs of the Earth

This choral pairs two venerable Native American songs: a Hopi chant and a traditional Arapaho Native song. With recorders and percussion, the songs are blended together to form a partner song at the conclusion of the piece. A striking addition to your concert! Available: 3-Part Mixed; 2-Part; StudioTrax CD.

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Partner songs are a staple in every elementary music classroom, and Jill Gallina's talent for creating these is well-established. This delightful number from Jill's Partners In Spirit collection is a great way to teach independence of line by giving each part their own enjoyable melody. Use this again and again in concerts, festivals or African American history celebrations. Sweet!          

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The Ballad of Casey Jones

This traditional American folk song about railroad engineer Casey Jones includes new music and original words that tell of the fabled story. Rhythmic accompaniment, vocal speech, and the familiar melody of this favorite tune combine to create a fun selection for your young singers. Available: 2-Part; StudioTrax CD.

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The Banjo’s Back in Town

It’s impossible to keep your foot still when you hear this!  Jill has added a bouncy original partner melody to this energetic 1920s-style song, and the result is a novelty number with great choreography potential. "Vo-de-o-do, vo-de-o-do, how I love that banjo beat... Clap your hands all together now, the banjo's back in town!"     

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The Colors of America

"We are the colors of America. A bright and vivid tapestry with each one shining bright, reflecting its own light. We are our nation's destiny..." This bright, upbeat message of unity and hope for the future comes across with just the right amount of sparkle to create an inspiring moment in any concert program! 

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The Cotton Pickin Song

Rhythmic speech, finger snaps and a snappy accompaniment make this arrangement of the familiar Pick a Bale of Cotton special!  It's delightful the way the clever sung and spoken dialogue alternates between the voice parts before all voices join together on a spoken crescendo leading to the big finish!  Highly recommended! 

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This is America

“It's a land of many faces, many colors, many names. Though we may not walk or talk alike, still our dreams are much the same.” This is a wonderful inclusive and patriotic message with beautiful, yet simple harmonies for young voices. Builds to a short chorus of “America” followed by a powerful finale.

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This Land is Your Land

It's been sung by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to millions of American school children! This legendary song was written in 1940 by America's troubadour, Woody Guthrie, whose centenary was celebrated in 2012. This partner-style setting for younger choirs is easy to learn and fun to sing! 

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To Those Who Serve

This powerful original is a perfect selection for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or any commemorative occasion honoring our troops. Available in multiple voicings, this piece is perfect to collaborate for a mass choir number. A majestic band-like accompaniment track is available for your patriotic performance. Available separately: SATB, 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 4:00.

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