Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
The boys are back, but their war isn’t over.
Bandstand is an unflinching and honest new musical about confronting the cost of war and finding salvation in the notes of a song.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 2017 Original Broadway Production.
This show is orchestrated to be be player-conducted from the Keyboard 3 chair. There are 2 additional keyboard parts for a total of 3 keyboard books all with various amounts of programming.
The Keyboard 1 book is the primary Piano book and requires an advanced pianist who can play jazz stylings as well as stride piano in spots. There are over 200 patch changes in the part with various pianos, brass, strings, mallet percussion, and woodwinds. The best named patch is most definitely the “Dysentery Pad”.
Keyboard 2/Guitar is actually a doubled book for someone who can play both keyboard and guitar. The programming does not include any guitar patches as those are intended to be played on a live instrument. This is a complex book that will require a musician that is proficient at piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and managing lots of keyboard patches. If you do not have someone that can do all of that, you may need to break this book into two parts for a keyboardist and a separate guitarist if that is an option.
Keyboard 3 is the Piano/Conductor score. As an FYI, the part comes in landscape mode so it may take some adjustment in using it if your MD/Conductor is accustomed to playing and conducting from scores in Portrait mode. There are over 150 patches in total and although there are lots of songs and moments where you are free to conduct, this is a heavily programmed show and will require someone who can navigate the playing and the patch changes.
ORIGINAL KEYBOARD PROGRAMMER
Keyboard Programmer: Randy Cohen
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: Rob Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Music by: Richard Oberacker
Lyrics by: Rob Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Co-Orchestrator: Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen
Music arranged by: Greg Anthony Rassen
Vocal arrangements by: David Kreppel
Musical Director: Fred Lassen
Musical Supervisor: Greg Anthony Rassen
Original 2017 Broadway Orchestra
Conductor: Fred Lassen
Associate Conductor: Matt Perri
Keyboards: Fred Lassen and Matt Perri
Keyboard 3/Guitar: Matt Hinkley
Violin/Viola: Sylvia D’Avanzo
Reeds: Vito Chiavuzzo, Harry Hassell and Greg Riley
Trumpets: Nick Marchione and John Walsh
Trombones: Michael Boscarino and Jeff Caswell
Bass: Ray Kilday
Drums: Adam Wolfe
Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation and Alden Terry
Musical Coordinator: Howard Joines
It’s 1945. American soldiers return home to ticker tape parades and overjoyed families; Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns with the hope of rebuilding his life with just the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.
When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next swing band sensation, Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition, and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. But, when Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. Victory will require every ounce of talent, stamina, and raw nerve that these musicians possess.