One of the biggest challenges with being a band director is dealing with ensemble size and instrumentation. You never know from one year to the next how many students you will have and what your instrumentation is going to be. Even though it is more common to have instrumentation problems with smaller bands, large bands can still have instrumentation challenges. One common myth is that bigger is better. A small band with poor instrumentation can be an extreme challenge, but with a little extra time an effort you can take a small ensemble and make it sound just as good as a full sized concert band. It may seem like there are no pieces for your ensemble, but you just need to know where to look. Below are some great places to look for quality pieces for concert bands of all sizes and instrumentation. Continue reading