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a marching band arrangement and design company by Manny Maldonado

About MJM Works, LLC




MJM Works was founded by assistant high school band director, Manny Maldonado. Manny has composed and arranged hundreds of works for marching band since 1998. Manny's clients include Texas UIL State and Bands of America Regional and Grand Nationals finalists. He has arranged for groups of all sizes and understands how to score parts so that projection, pacing, and show design come to the forefront.

As an arranger and band director, Manny saw that many directors needed custom music, guard work, and drill for their programs, but that there was no source that they could rely on to find good writers.

MJM Works is a network of several writers and designers who have come together to offer quality custom shows at affordable prices. The designers chosen have been writing shows for award-winning groups throughout their careers.

More importantly, though, is that Manny will ensure that the band director gets the highest-quality custom arrangements and will constantly review the product during the writing and revision processes.

Why MJM Works?

  • We can design all aspects of your show: winds, percussion, guard, and drill.
  • We can write as much or as little of your show as you want.
  • We will manage the timeline between writers to help ensure that your product arrives on time.
  • We will coordinate the design between music, drill, and colorguard.
  • You will only need to deal with one invoice: mjmworks. We will handle the rest.
  • We will secure copyright clearance for you*.
  • You can receive your files in pdf, Finale, or Pyware format.



(*MJM Works must obtain permission from the publisher and arrangers before copyrighted material can be granted. Third party fees may apply.)

The MJMWorks Team

Manny Maldonado

Owner/Artistic Director/Chief Publisher and Arranger

Courtney Kirkwood

Business Manager/Percussion Arranger

Elijah Falcon

Colorguard Coordinator/Aesthetics/Body Movement

Brandon Maahs

Wind Orchestrator/Transcriber

Jordan Stern

Winds Arranger / Percussion Arranger

Jair Klarfeld

Winds Arranger

Drill Designers

Arrangements

Sample arrangements are for sale starting at $850! Contact us for more information.

Please Note: MJM Works does not hold copyrights to most of these arrangements. Many of the arrangements will require permission to use the original work. Additional fees to use the original works will apply.

SHOW LISTINGS

NEW SHOWS FOR 2019

Winds by Daniel Montoya and Chad Taylor, Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Craig Armstrong's Introduction to Romeo from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, Imagine Dragons' Demons, and One Republic's March On.
grade_3.5_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Robert W. Smith's Inferno, Imagine Dragons' Aftermath, Julie Giroux's The Speed of Heat, and Muse's Aftermath
grade_4_grade
Winds by Eric Rath; Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Anton Dvorak's New World Symphony, Mackey's Foundry, Larry Daehn's With Quiet Courage, Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 2, and Harold Arlen's Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
grade_4_grade
Winds and Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Silvestri's Forrest Gump Main Theme, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, the Beatles Blackbird, Weather Report's Birdland, and Stravinsky's Firebird.
grade_3.5_grade
Winds and Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Eden Ahbez' Nature Boy, Michael Giacchinno's There's No Place Like Home, and Ojos de Brujo's Todo Tiende.
grade_4_grade
Winds by Carol Brittin Chambers; Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Shostakovich's Ballet Suite No. 4 Old Hundredth, and Symphony No. 10, Khachaturian's Adagio, Mackey's Kingfishers Catch Fire and Chamber's Inversion.
grade_4.5_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Kanye West's Heartless, Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet, Bonnie Taylor's Total Eclipse of the Heart, and David Gillingham's With Heart and Voice.
grade_4_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, Prokofiev's Sarcasms, Op. 17, Christina Perri's Human, and The Killer's Human.
grade_4 - 4.5 - 3_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Bricusse and Newley's Pure Imagination, Smetana's The Moldau, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and Manny Maldonado's Beethoven's Dream.
grade_4_grade
Winds by Evan VanDoren. Percussion my MJM Works Featuring the music Borodin's Polovtsian Dances and Rachmoninov's Symphonic Dances and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
grade_3.5_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern (includes preshow track) Featuring the music of Erik Morales' Urban Dances, Alberto Ginastera's Danza Final (Malambo) from Estancia, and original music by Jordan Stern.
grade_4.5_grade
Winds by MJM Works Featuring Justin Hurwitz' music Another Day of Sun, Epilogue, and Someone in the Crowd from the La La Land soundtrack
grade_4.5_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring original music of Jordan Stern.
grade_3_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the Music of…., Giacchino's Enterprising Young Men, Lauper's Time After Time, and Elgar's Enigma Variations.
grade_5_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, Moonlight Sonata, and Symphony No. 5, along with Evanescence's Going Under, My Immortal, and Bring Me to Life.
grade_2.5_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring the music of Survive's Opening Theme from the Stranger Things soundtrack, Philip Glass' opening to Mishima, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, John Adams' Wild Nights, Eden Ahbez' Nature Boy, and Samuel Barber's Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance.
grade_4_grade
Winds by Carol Brittin Chambers, Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Goldenthal's Adagio and Transfiguration, Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre, and Chamber's Nocturnal Creatures.
grade_4.5_grade
Winds by Christopher Andersen; Percussion by MJM Works
grade_4_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring the music of Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Bobby Purify's I'm Your Puppet, and Metallica's Master of Puppets.
grade_3.5_grade
Winds by Evan VanDoren, Percussion and Samples by MJM works Featuring the Jazz Mandolin Project's Jungle Tango, Maria Schneider's The Pretty Road, and John Adams Chairman Dances.
grade_5_grade
Winds, Percussions and Samples by MJM Works Featuring music from Balmages' Arabian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
grade_3_grade
Winds and Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Tumblers, Bricusse and Newley's Pure Imagination, Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights, and Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 2.
grade_4_grade
Winds and Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Gustov Holt's Suite in Eb for Military Band, Sherman's Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Jesters.
grade_5_grade
Winds by Daniel Montoya, Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Hector Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, Dvorak's Noon Witch, James Newton Howard's Battle of the Moors, Inkubus Sukkubus' Wythes Chant '98 , Cristopher Tin's Sogno di Volare (The Dream of Flight) , and Voctave's Poor Unfortunate Souls/I Put a Spell on You.
grade_4_grade
Winds by Steve Vento, Battery Percussion by Kris Hartman, Front Ensemble and Samples by MJM Works Featuring the music of Peer Gynt's Morning Mood, Mozart's Queen of the Night Aria, Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, George Bizet's Farandole, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Rossini's William Tell Overture, and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.
grade_4_grade
Winds by Shane Kelbley, Percussion by MJM Works Featuring the music of Mendelssohn's Overtur to a Mid-summer's Nights Dream, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (mvts. 1, 4, 5) , Schubert's Die Erlkonig, Anne Hathaway's I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, and Claude-Michel Shonberg's I Dreamed a Dream.
grade_3_grade

PREVIOUS SHOWS

David Holsinger

A Soldier’s Journey
Featuring the music of David Holsinger’s “American Faces.”
Winds Arranged by Manuel J. Maldonado
Used by permission
(Only the wind score is currently available. Please call for additional pricing on percussion parts.)

“A Soldier’s Journey” is a musical tribute to our fallen heroes throughout history.

Part One opens with a “Call to Duty” by the field snare drum, piccolo, and ominous pad bass. As the hero goes off to his post, he is filled with the excitement and energy portrayed through David Holsinger’s masterpiece “American Faces.”

In Part Two of the show, our soldier finds himself celebrating with others during a 1940’s WWII era party entitled “Swing Time.”

The party is interrupted during a brief radio news bulletin, followed by Part Three’s dissonant entrances and artillery fire, portrayed by the percussion section. Our hero dies in the attack. As he is remembered, the band plays “taps” blended by the sonorous melodies of “Amazing Grace.”

The Fourth Movement then returns back to Holsinger’s “American Faces,” as our soldier’s willingness to give the ultimate sacrifice is remembered and appreciated through today's heroes.

David Holsinger
David Holsinger
David Holsinger
David Holsinger
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Christopher Drake, Evanescence, and David Holsinger A Villain's Night Out

Featuring the Music of Christopher Drake, Evanescence, and David Holsinger Winds by Manuel J. Maldonado Percussion by John Garza and Manuel J. Maldonado
Used by Permission

What if the "bad guy" hijacked your marching show and you had to spend the entire time trying to get him? This is exactly what happens during "Villain's Night Out." While the band is warming up, a pre-recorded track starts and a female soloist is held hostage! The track goes on to explain that "not even this band can stop me!"

The track blends into an effortless transition into Part 1: The music from Christopher Drake's Superman Batman: Public Enemies soundtrack. The chase begins to catch the villain!

In Part 2, the soloist laments of her capture through the use of Evanescence's My Immortal.

In Part 3, The band has closed in and captured their bad guy while playing Liturgical Dances by David Holsinger.

Christopher Drake, Evanescence, and David Holsinger
Christopher Drake, Evanescence, and David Holsinger
Christopher Drake, Evanescence, and David Holsinger
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music Down by the River, Simple Gifts, Symphony No. 9 (Dvorak), America the Beautiful, Shenandoah, and original work by Maldonado.

This production is patriotism meeting the modern marching band! The work is a good blend of many traditional melodies associated with in our country. Give it a listen!
Dvorak
traditional
traditional
grade_3_grade
J.D. Shaw, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of George Gershwin's American in Paris

Two great arrangers team up to provide a terrific marching band arrangement of American in Paris!
Gershwin
grade_5_grade
Jair Klarfeld, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and 6, Boelman's Toccata from Gothic Suite for Organ, Marinelli's Evey Reborn, and Klarfeld's Anomaly.

This show's visual concept was based off of a freak show carnival. The dark nature of the music lends itself to being a very intriguing show!?
Beethoven, Boelman
Marinelli
Shostakovich
grade_4_grade
Carol Brittin Chambers, Manny Maldonado Featuring music from Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy and original works from Carol Chambers.

The show is based around a young girl who gets lured into a haunted attic. While there, she begins to come across relics of years past. As more and more ghosts are summoned, a fight for her escape ensues to a dramatic ending!?
Grainger
Grainger
Grainger
grade_4.5_grade
Winds arranged by Evan VanDoren; Percussion arranged by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Magnificat by Rudder, Falling Slowly from Once by Hansard & Irglova, Captured from the King Kong soundtrack by Howard, and The Polar Express by Silvestri.
Rutter
Hansard & Irglova
Howard/Silvestri
grade_4_grade
Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and Carol Brittin Chambers; Winds arranged by Carol Brittin Chambers; Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado and Kris Hartman This show uses moments from Lincolnshire Posey and Simple Gifts to construct a show based around a rebirth event, whether it be in nature, in life, or in thinking differently.

The opening music is angular and aggressive, while the second movement shows a more playful side to the world. The third movement has the movement of evolution, which then turns the show into a more positive light.
Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
traditional
Carol Chambers
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Bach Bach and Beyond is based from Bach's Toccata and Fugue. As one listens throughout the show, the music becomes more and more progressive, ultimately ending up with a dub-step version of the Bach in the closer and a solid, marching band style ending!
J. S. Bach
J. S. Bach
J. S. Bach
grade__grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extensive drum solo at the top of closer (not represented correctly here)

Featuring Alan Silvestri's Back to the Future soundtrack, Johnnie B. Good, Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are, and Huey Lewis' The Power of Love

This fun tune was commissioned to commemorate the date that Marty McFly in the movie travels to in the future: October 21, 2015. The show starts out with the theme, but then they quickly travel back to the 50's. The ballad takes place in the present. The closer start out with a three drum set trio, as they travel back to the 80's to Power of Love. The ending is a reprise of the Silvestri to bring the time traveler back home.?
Berry, Silvestri
Mars
Huey Lewis and the News, Silvestri
grade_4_grade
Jair Klarfeld and Manny Maldonado Beyond Human is an original composition based in a futuristic setting where the band is not quite man, not quite machine, but is a combination of the two.

The opener starts out with a factory making these man-machines. Drills, machine presses, and factory sounds frame the aggressive, angular music.

The ballad has a moment where humanity reflects on where it has arrived. Is this life of people being half-human, half-machine the new beauty?

The closer tells the listener that in fact, there is no beauty in what mankind has become…
Jairk Klarfeld
Jairk Klarfeld
Jairk Klarfeld
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Jazz movement
Extensive percussion moment

Featuring Music from Weather Report's Birdland, Nelly Furtado's I'm Like a Bird, Mussursky's Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, Charlie Parker's Yard Bird Suite, Jamie Foxx's Fly Love (from the Rio Soundtrack), and Eric Whitacre's Fly to Paradise.

This great work is set in six scenes, with each musical moment representing a different bird. Originally commissioned by Fredericksburg High School in 2016, the work was in finals at the Texas UIL State Marching Band Championships. Featuring everything from classical, to jazz, to new music, this work has it all!
Furtado, Miller, Mussorgsky
Parker
Foxx
Maldonado
Whitacre
grade_6_grade
David Gillingham, Bjork, and Aaron Copland Bloom: The Beginning of Always

Featuring the music of David Gillingham, Bjork, and Aaron Copland
Winds by Carol Chambers
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado and Kris Hartman

As the Inaugural show for Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, the show exemplifies fresh starts and new beginnings through its use of old melodies creatively interwoven with modern elements of electronics and rhythm.

In Part 1, a pre-show sets up the drill for Gillingham's brilliant song, Council Oak.

In Part 2, Bjork's "Selmasongs" from New World gives the band a nice backbeat to march double-time to, while still providing freshness of the melodies and counter lines.

In Part 3, Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 gives a sense of space and openness vindictive of starting something fresh and new is on the horizon. A recapitulation of the opener finalizes the work.

Gillingham, Copland
Bjork
Aaron Copland/Carol Chambers
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Ben Harloff, Samuel Hazo, and Manuel J. Maldonado Bushido

Featuring the music of Ben Harloff, Samuel Hazo, and Manuel J. Maldonado Winds by Ben Harloff and Manuel J. Maldonado
Percussion by John Garza

This show tells the life of a samurai warrior in their last stand against the invading Western civilizations.

In Part 1, Way of the Sword, the essence of the samurai's strength and determination to fight to uphold their way of life.

In Part 2, Way of the Heart, the samurai tells his wife good-bye for the last time before he enters the battle that he will not come back from alive. This movement features music from Hazo's Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song.

In Part 3, Way of Honor, our warrior goes off to war, only never to return alive. Other members of the band carry him back home as they pay tribute to his heroism through music.

Ben Harloff
Samuel Hazo
Ben Harloff
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Winds by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado. Percussion by Manny Maldonado and Kris Hartman This new-take on an old-favorite starts with a pre-show playback track in the front ensemble while the band marches drill. Momentum builds up in the first big hit and the judged timing begins here. The ľ timed Aragonaise sounds difficult, but is really easy to march with lots of left-foot step outs. Hints for Rob Thomas' Smooth exist throughout the movement.

The ballad is a beautiful rendition of the Adantino with Maurice Ravel's Bolero layered over the top of the work. There are soloist moments for an outstanding flute and alto sax solo to shine right before the band enters into a beautiful tutti moment. The movement is framed around a snare drummer playing the Bolero lick from the field.

In the third movement, a quick transition sets the band up for the Habanera, a must-play for all Carmen shows! This Habanera has a good groove to it so that the tempo doesn't bog down. The movement builds into a strong drum corps-style ending for punctuation.
Bizet
Bizet/Ravel
Bizet
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of Bizet's Carmen and Rivel's Bolero.

This production was recently re-worked to be a more attainable version of the original MJM Works Carmen. It is intended for 2A-4A bands and is all public domain. The Spanish flare of the work can be coupled with many different visual ideas.?
Bizet
Bizet/Ravel
Bizet
grade_3_grade
Winds arranged by Carol Brittin Chambers; Percussion by Todd Sommer and Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of the Apollo 13 soundtrack, Launch: Mission Control and Liftoff by Bhatia, Finale from Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Hand of Fate from the Signs soundtrack, and Moon and Earth by Carol Brittin Chambers.
grade_5_grade
Carol Brittin Chambers, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Coldplay's Sky Full of Stars, Hoslt's The Planets, Giacchino's There's No Place Like Home,

This production celebrates the heavens and celestial bodies above. A pre-recorded track of Coldplay fades into the front ensemble percussion as we build to the first big hit. Part 2 is primarily a driving rendition of Mars, part 3 is a ballad based off of Giacchino's There's No Place Like Home, and part 4 focuses on Jupiter from The Planets. ?
Coldplay
Holst
Giacchino
Holst
grade_5_grade
Aaron Guidry Cirque du Solei

Featuring the music of Aaron Guidry
Winds by Bob Chreste
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado

The powerful, compelling music from Cirque du Solei is captured here in this three- movement work for marching band. Part 1 is based off of the main melody to Alegria, part two is based off of O, part 3 is taken from the music of Ninkou.

The music, originally written by Aaron Guidry, is made to visually enhance what the audience sees, so the visual possibilities are endless.

René Dupéré
Benoit Jutras
Voilaine Corradi
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extensive percussion moment

Featuring Coldplay's Clocks, Haydn's Clock Symphony, Enya's Only Time, Cyndi Lauper's Time after Time, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Braham's Symphony No. 1

Winds, Percussion, and Samples by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado

Featuring Clocks by Coldplay, Hadyn's Clock Symphony, Cyndi Lauper's Time after Time, Enya's Only Time, and Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

This production is all things clock! It starts out with a Coldplay pre-show that moves into the first opening hit. Samples are available for this production.?
Coldplay/Haydn
Enya/Cyndi Lauper
Beethoven
Brahms
grade_4.5_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Copland's Promise of Living, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Do Re Mi, Bobby McFerrin's A Common Thread, Dave Brubeck's Unsquare Dance, and Pat Metheny's First Circle. The common thread, which is Copland's Promise of Living, is intertwined throughout the work, and the visual draw are elements of sewing. There is a "common thread" with numbers, angles, and patterns being in the show titles.
Copland/Rodgers/Verdi
McFerrin/Copland
Brubeck
Metheny
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Jordan Stern Movement 1: Mahler Symphony #6
Movement 2: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #2
Movement 3: Mozart "Dies Irae" from Requiem and Symphony #5 Finale by Beethoven
Mahler
Rachmaninov
Mozart/Beethoven
grade__grade
Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Lana Del Rey; Winds and Percussion written by Jordan Stern The Curse of Aurora is a show based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty. The pre-show starts with Lana Del Rey's track of Once Upon a Dream from the movie Maleficent. The band enters with Tchaikovsky's introduction to his ballet Sleeping Beauty.

The first movement starts with the royal family and the birth of Aurora. The show can be done with or without narration.

The second movement takes place during Aurora's christening. The curse is placed on her during this movement. Aurora grows up, and at the end of the movement, pricks her finger on the spindle, placing her into a deep, dark sleep.

The third movement is about Aurora's beauty. As she lies sleeping, the prince discovers her and begins to fall in love.

The beginning of the fourth movement begins with the prince fighting to find out the truth of Aurora's sleep. Once he discovers it, he rushes back to her, kisses her, and the two live happily ever after.
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extensive Percussion Break

Featuring Mackey's Wine Dark Sea, Daughtery's Niagara Falls, Hillsong United's Oceans, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

This production revolves around water and the beauty, but danger, that exist within it. The show opens with Wine Dark Sea, then goes into Niagara Falls. During Part 3, triangles are played around the field, as part of the visual construct is based on the Bermuda Triangle. During Part 4, the ship begins to creak under the stress of the water as the drumline plays a feature that builds into a reprise of Wine Dark Sea.
Mackey
Daughtery
Oceans/Beethoven
Mackey
grade_5_grade
Luke McMillan, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Verdi's Requiem, Wagner's Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral, Holsinger's Salvation is Created, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

This production is a "dark to light" show, which can have numerous visual interpretations.?
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Winds by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado; Percussion by Scott Ward Featuring the Night before Christmas soundtrack, Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, Symphony No. 5 and 7 by Beethoven, and Poor Unfortunate Souls from the Little Mermaid soundtrack
Mussorgsky/Elfman
Beethoven
Menken/Tchaikovsky/Beethoven
grade_3.5_grade
Stephen Segura, Courtney Kirkwood, and Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Albeniz' Asturias Leyenda, Williams' Symphonic Dance No. 3, Verdi's Requiem, Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Marquez' Danzon No. 2

This unique show celebrates the Dia de los Muertos heritage. The beginning movement is more on the dark side of the holiday, but by the end, a true celebration of life occurs.
Albeniz/Williams/Verde
Ravel
Marquez
grade_4_grade
John Adams, Eric Whitacre, and John Powell Dichotomy:Duality

Featuring the Music of John Adams, Eric Whitacre, and John Powell
Winds by Carol Chambers
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado and Kris Hartman

The concept of Dichotomy/Duality explores the differences and similarities we see in life. This music and visual catalyst allows the band many opportunities to exploit this concept throughout the show.

Part 1 begins with a pre-show that builds into a major band entrance. The band then transitions into Harmonium by John Adams.

Part 2 is a beautiful marching band arrangement of Eric Whitacre's October.

Part 3 is a powerful percussion feature based off of the dance sequence from the movie Happy Feet, originally written by John Powell.

Part 4 is a continuation of the feature through a major marching band entrance that then turns into a driving front ensemble moment. The band comes in one more time to finish out the show. There is also "exit music" if the director chooses to use it.

John Powell, Adams
Whitacre
John Powell
John Powell, Whitacre
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Antonin Dvorak Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Winds Arranged by Shane Kelbley
Front Ensemble Arranged by Manny Maldonado

Division is a show based off the visual element of dividing up the band and then regrouping. It is set to Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (New World). Listen to the different divisional influences between brass, woodwind, and percussion throughout the work.
Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak
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composer: John Adams and Sting
Winds arranged by Shane Kebley
Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado and Katie Leander

Doctor Atomic is an exciting show based from John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony. The pre-show introduces the notion of atomic energy, study, and that there are plans for making the atomic bomb.

Part 1 and 2 build energy, excitement, and worry over the bomb's existence.

In Part 3, Sting's Russians Love Their Children Too is played as a contrast to the angular and aggressive beginning. The audience is left to contemplate that whoever the bomb is directed to, their loved ones will suffer just as our loved ones would if we were presented with such a tragedy.

Part 4 builds up energy again, as the moment to launch and detonate has arrived. Chaos and destruction ensues at the end of the movement.

Part 5 opens as a contemplation of thought with the trumpet playing the Russians melody. The show closes with hope for mankind, so that we would never have to do such a tragic act again in all of humanity.
John Adams
John Adams
Sting
John Adams
Sting/Kelbley
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Stravinsky/trad./Bartok
Stravinsky
Barnes/traditional
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of Smith's Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual, Viet Cuong's Diamond Tide, and Timothy Mahr's Fantasia in G.

This production focuses on the three parts of Earth, and how within the Earth, art exists (hence the title). Part 1 is Land and is represented by Africa, Part 2 is Water which depicts Diamond Tide, and Part 3 is Air, shown through Mahr's Fantasia. Visual concepts revolve around these parts of our planet. Earth is art, and Art is the Earth.
Smith, Robert W.
Cuong, Viet
Mahr, Timothy
grade_4_grade
Sergi Prokofiev, Eric Whitacre

East Meets West
based on Sergi Prokofiev's Scythian Suite and Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque.
Wind arrangement by Jair Klarfeld
Percussion arrangement by Manuel J. Maldonado

As our ancient European traveler sets across to the Far East for the first time, he begins to cross the land of the Scythians. Part One portrays the excitement that the adventurer must have experienced with interjections of Far East musical and percussive concepts intermingled.

Part Two changes moods as the traveler begins to stumble across the beauty and pagentry of the Orient. He meets a lovely woman whom he trusts to lead her along his way.

As Part Three begins, our adventurer is in great peril and must find a way to escape his captors and return home. He reflects on his travels and the beautiful woman, but soon realizes the severity of the situation. A chase pursues during the last 30 seconds. Will our traveler make it home?!

Prokofiev
Whitacre
Prokofiev
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H. Owen Reed, Los Lobos, Nana Mouskouri, Ernesto Lecuona

El Mariachi

Featuring the music of La Fiesta Mexicana by H. Owen Reed, Cancion del Mariachi by Los Lobos, Malaguena Salerosa by Nana Mouskouri,, and Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona.
Winds and percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado.
Used by permission.

Part One begins with our main character, a member of the local mariachi band, going to Sunday church, framed by the music of H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana. After a call from the priest, mass is let out, and our man heads off to an afternoon fiesta, depicted in the music, Cancion del Mariachi.

At the party he meets a beautiful woman and the scene is played out through the music of Malaguena Salerosa,

Our musician doesn't realize, however, that the woman has a very jealous boyfriend watching from afar. He confronts our musician while a mariachi band starts up in the front ensemble. The mariachi segue into the band performing the ever-popular Malaguena. as our mariachi fights for the new love of a woman. Who will win in the end?

Reed/Los Lobos
traditional
Ernesto Lecouna
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Jordan Stern
grade__grade
Jair Klarfeld, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring music from the Bourne Ultimatum soundtrack, Adele's Skyfall, and original works by Jair Klarfeld.

This exciting show's visual production was set to a spy theme! The music is obscure enough, however, to fit multiple concepts.
Klarfeld
Moby
Bach
Adele/Powell
grade_4_grade
Alexander Borodin, Carol Chambers, Coldplay, Evanesence Design by Jarrett Lipman, Darryl Pemberton, and Jodie Rhodes
Winds by Carol Chambers
Percussion by Manny Maldonado, Kris Hartman and Alan Sharps
(copyright permission is required for all previously arranged MJM Works shows)

The Show "Eve" is based on the visual concept of a woman who has is all, but is tempted to turn from what she knows is true, and thus falls from grace.

Part 1 opens with a lavish pre-show set to Cold Play's "Paradise." As our character, Eve, takes the field, the band is enchanted with her beauty and presence. The front ensemble arrangement seamlessly picks up the pre-recorded music, and the show is under way.

Part 2 is a flirtatious dance as Eve strolls around the band, laughing and relishing in all the attention as the band performs and pays tribute to her beauty.

In Part 3, Eve becomes "Lost in Paradise", and is tempted from her beliefs that have kept her poise and beauty in tact. Part 4 starts with 45 seconds of "bonus" music, affectionately entitled "The Serpent." An unsettling ostinato layers into the front ensemble while an oboe soloist tempts Eve away from what she holds as truth. An aggressive band impact occurs (School for Scandal) at the moment Eve realizes her terrible mistake. Fear strikes as she scatters about, but it is too late. She has fallen.
Coldplay
Alexander Borodin
Evanescence
Samuel Barber
Carol Chambers
grade__grade
Shane Kelbley, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado This fascinating show tells a tale of the after-life. Portrayed through Camille Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, the work takes the spectator through different scenes one might find on "the other side", including a marriage of a couple re-united in eternity.
Saint-Saens
Kelbley
Kelbley
Kelbley
grade__grade
Jordan Stern
The Killers
Bonney, Jim
Bonney, Jim
Liszt
grade__grade
Winds arranged by Carol Brittin Chambers, Percussion Arranged by Manny Maldonado, Kris Hartman and Jordan Stern Fall(s) is a delightfully arranged show that takes the listener through elements of the fall season. Many visual elements that depict fall can take place here…whether it be falling leaves, golden browns and yellows that saturate the field, or tree props with the colors of fall.

Carol Chambers* does a magnificent job tying the musical elements together to create and through-composed field production.

*(Carol Chambers is published through Aspenwood Music. If interested in this show, MJM Works LLC will contact this publisher for pricing and rights)
Whitacre
Daughtery
Vivaldi/Fall Out Boy
Whitacre
grade__grade
Winds by Daniel Montoya Jr.; Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring music from The Natural, Baby Elephant Walk, The Place Where Dreams Come True from the Field of Dreams soundtrack, God Bless America, the Major League Baseball Theme from Fox Television, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game
grade_3_grade
Clifton Williams and H. Owen Reed Winds and Percussion Arranged by Manny Maldonado
(All MJM Works are based from copyrighted material. Licensing is required for purchase and performance of this show.)

"Fiesta" is a symphonic work for marching band. It layers in melodies and moments from Clifton Williams' Symphonic Dance No. 3 and H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana, two tremendous band works that express the tonal colors of Mexican folk music. The pieces are paired with Malaguena Salerosa, a traditional folk tune which features mariachi players in the front ensemble.
Clifton Williams
traditional
H. Owen Reed
grade__grade
Winds by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring music from H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana
H. Owen Reed
H. Owen Reed
H. Owen Reed
grade_4.5_grade
Igor Stravinsky

By Igor Stravinsky
Winds by Mark Higginbothom
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

Contact for pricing.

This program was purely symphonic in nature.  The question posed to the students while learning this show was “What is your eternal glory?”

grade__grade
Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays

By Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

First Circle was the closing production to the program entitled “Colors.”  Once again, the arranger does an excellent job re-creating the 22/8 time signature into a meter that could easily be understood by the marching band.  The middle includes an extensive drum solo so the winds could concentrate on their marching and rest their embouchures before a powerful counterline propels the band through the end.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
grade__grade
Featuring Polovtsian Dances by Borodin, Symphonic Dances and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini by Rachmoninov
grade__grade
Jordan Stern Battery arrangment: Chris Lennox
Stern, Lennox
grade__grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extended percussion feature
Difficult trombone trio in the closer

Featuring music from the 90's grunge era, Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor, Gershwin's Summertime, 2Pac's California Lovin', and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3

Forever Young celebrates musical artists that the world lost before their time is up. Each movement represents a new artist and a new visual palette.
Nirvana/Mozart
Gershwin
Tupac
Mendelssohn
grade_5_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Sting's Fragile, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Adele's Million Years Ago, and inspirations based off the Inception Soundtrack

This show concept is about the destruction of our planet, but how we can still turn the result around. Music is written around a guitar soloist that is weaved throughout the work, but can be rescored for any strong performer. The "bad to good" nature of the music progression can be used for a multitude of visual ideas.
Sting/Mahler
Adele
Mahler
grade_4.5_grade
Winds by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado; Percussion by Jack Baker Featuring music from Adam Shoenberg's Picture Studies, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and Manny Maldonado's Framed
grade_4_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Nicki Minaj's The Night is Still Young, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nahctmusik, Andrew Lloyd Weber's Music of the Night, and Going Home (based on the Largo on Dvorak's 9th Symphony). This fun, yet thoughtfully orchestrated, work depicts the course of an evening through morning.
Manaj/Mozart
Weber
traditional
grade__grade
Lorde, Samuel Barber, Secret Garden and Aaron Copland; Winds arranged by Michael Klesch; Percussion arranged by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Bobby Hoyt Give tells the story of a destroyed forest that is rebuilt by the spirit of nature.

The pre-show and opener music is angular and aggressive to depict the desolate landscape.

The ballad's contemplative lament paints the scene as futile, but toward the end, a new green sprout emerges, and there is now a sign of hope.

Now, the color guard begins to rebuild what was once lost. The closer is played as moments from Appalachian Spring are heard.

The forest is now, once again, full of life.
Barber
Barber
Secret Garden
Copland
grade__grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring music from the Gladiator soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
grade_3.5_grade
Aaron Copland This show is exactly what the title says: Green. With that, the energy and vibrance of the work embodies the essence of nature and springtime. Music includes It's Not Easy Being Green, Lincolnshire Posy: A Brisk Young Sailor, Greensleeves, and the music of Aaron Copland.
>br /> This fast-paced show will keep the audience and judges on the edge of their seat with excitement!
traditional/Copland
Grainger
Copland
grade__grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Contains America the Beautiful, Chester, My Country tis of Thee, Schuman's New England Triptych, and Shostakovich's 5th Symphony
grade_4.5_grade
This show is based from multiple sources: Barber, McKennit, Rimsky-Korsakov, Spears, and others. The work masterfully woven together by wind arranger and composer, Daniel Montoya Jr.

The show title pre-show opening in the first movement help to paint many visual pictures as to what "Hell" might be. The visual concepts are endless with this show!
Barber, Montoya, McKennitt, Rimsky, Korsakov, Spears
Britney Spears
Barber
grade__grade
Philip Glass

By Philip Glass
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

This show design celebrates those heroes we encounter in everyday life.  The pre-show starts while the band is still setting up and depicts soldiers marching in battalion toward the battlefield.  Dark and ominous, it pauses just before the war and jumps to movement one, where the tempo and feel is light and upbeat.  Here is where the first celebration of the hero takes place.  In movement two, our hero realizes that there is much more than glory associated with the job.  Darker than the pre-show, the hero begins to realize all the anguish and tragedy that comes with the territory.  On the field, the second movement ends exactly where the pre-show did, only this time the segue flows into the battle depicted by the third movement.  A minor woodwind ostinato over a drum break shadows a war scene on the field, but our hero endures and triumphs, and the show finishes boldly and celebrates the hero once more for his duty, loyalty and commitment to us.

Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Philip Glass
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of 3 Doors Down's Kryptonite, David Guida's Titanium, Audioamchine's Blood and Stone, Bruckner's Symphony No. 8, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

This strong production depicts the essence of "the man of steel" without being too cheesy or over-the-top. An optional title to this piece could be called Bulletproof and can be matched visually with color palettes from the more recent superhero movies.?
Tchaikovsky, Three Doors Down
Guida
Audiomachine, Bruckner
grade_4.5_grade
Winds by Luke McMillan; Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Symphony No. 9 by Dvorak, In Bloom by Nirvana, Thais Meditation by Massenet, Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, and Flute Concerto by Rouse.
Dvorak/Massenett/Irvana/Tchaikovsky/Rouse
grade_4_grade
Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring State of Independence by John Anderson, the Shakespeare in Love soundtrack and Ave Maria
grade_4_grade
Jordan Stern Extensive knowledge of electronics
(sampling/vocoder required) Difficult closer

Featuring music from Giacchino's Star Trek soundtrack, Holst's The Planets, and Beastie Boy's Intergalactic

The show opens up with pre-recorded audio depicting the birth of the space program. The band is count in to the arrival and the show begins to a driving rendition of Giacchino's work with The Planets mixed in. Right when you think the ballad is going to a stock rendition of Venus, things turn! The drum feature "Intergalactic" gives way to a well-scored closer that brings back all compositional elements of the work.
Giacchino
John, Elton
Beastie Boys/Gillingham
grade_5_grade
Stephen Vaughan and Manny Maldonado; Winds and Percussion arranged by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Into the Darkness is a show based on the music of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

The work starts out with a big, block "organ" sound that is dissonant like the original Broadway musical. Elements of the musical along with the main theme from the recent movie permeate throughout the first movement.

In the second movement, Fantasia helps to paint a dark, foreboding picture. The melodies lend itself to many visual ideas for guard designers.

The third movement, an original compilation by Manny Maldonado, ties all the musical elements together as the main motives turn to a major key, depicting a glimmer of light for the future.
Sondheim
Vaughan Williams
Maldonado
grade__grade
Michael Klesch, Manny Maldonado Grade 5

Featuring the music of Aaron Copland's Grog Ballet, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Medea's Dance of Vengence. Winds by Michael Klesch. Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado.
This show is a dark and powerful arrangement that propelled the Cedar Park High School Band to a 4th place finish at the 2008 U.I.L State Marching Band Championships. The arrangement is expertly done by two of the finest in the marching band arrangement activity. Give it a listen
Copland
Barber
Barber
grade_5_grade
Music from Beethoven's 5th and 7th and 9th Symphonies, Rossini's Barber of Seville, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Mahler's 5th Symphony, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
grade_3_grade
Featuring the music of Adele and Anton Dvorak's Symphony No. 9

This show's visual concept revolves around two goddesses, one of light and one of darkness. Their characters are introduced in the pre-show and the story of the light goddess being persecuted by the dark goddess prevails throughout.

The first movement embodies the dark goddess while part 2 depicts the light goddess. At the beginning of part 3, a chase ensues and the light goddess is trapped. As the title says, however, it's not always "black and white" as the dark goddess finds out!
Dvorak, Adele, The Fray
Adele
Dvorak, Adele
grade__grade
Robert W. Smith and Jair Klarfeld; Winds arranged by Jair Klarfeld; Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado used by permission

Contact for pricing.

This show was written for a successful 3A program in South Texas.  These arrangements are an excellent example of what can be done for small schools that wish to “spice-up” their marching programs, but still be obtainable for their students.

Robert W. Smith
Robert W. Smith
grade__grade
Winds arranged by Douglas Thrower; Percussion and Samples written by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Paranoid Android and Exit Music (for a Film) by Radiohead, and Madness by Muse.
Radiohead
Radiohead
Radiohead
grade_4_grade
This show is based off of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. The clever construction of this arrangement is the mastermind of Shane Kelbley. The first movement starts out in typical marching-band style, but is followed by a strong and driving second number. The ballad features a muted trumpet solo with beautiful accompaniment and a strong moment. The fourth movement is a swingin' arrangement of the canon with a nifty front ensemble feature. The fifth movement starts with a rock section but soon turns back into the familiar theme.
Pachelbel
Pachelbel
Pachelbel
Pachelbel
Pachelbel
grade__grade
Petar Lyondev

By Petar Lyondev
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

This song was the opening production to a program entitled “Colors.”  Originally written in 9/16, the arranger placed rythms in an easy-to-march fashion while keeping the integrity of the odd meter.  The work starts off with a bold introduction and later does an excellent job featuring each section of the band.

Petar Lyondev
grade__grade
Percussion available upon request Featuring Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, Symphony No. 2 by Barber, Jupiter by Holst, Symphony No. 7 by Shostakovich, and Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky.
Copland/Barber
Holst/Shostakovich
Shostakovich/Thaikovsky
grade_4.5_grade
Winds by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the Bee Movie soundtrack, Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakoff, God Save the Queen fanfare, Let it Be by John Lennon, and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste by Bartok
Rossini/Gregson-Williams/Rimsky-Korsakov
Lennon/McCartney
Bartok/Rimsky-Korsakov
grade_4_grade
Pat Metheny

By Pat Metheny
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

Letter From Home was the second song in the program entitled “Colors.”  The arranger does an excellent job creating a unique arrival at the end of the piece that still incorporates the original piano part.

Pat Metheny
grade__grade
Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy

Featuring the music of Percy Grainger
Winds by Carol Chambers
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado and Kris Hartman

This creative show concept takes the music of Percy Grainger to an entirely new visual level. Depicted as episodes of dreams from two sisters, the pre-show begins with an eerie play on the word "Posy", using an old nursery rhyme about the bubonic plague and death to frame the opening work. Part 2 finds the sister in an enchanted, dream-like state. Visually, she encounters a puppet that comes to life and mimics her every mood, but soon more puppets come out and turn on her. While this sister dreams of troubled events, the other sister's dreams are quite different. In Part 3, the "Brisk Young Sailor" is introduced to his bride by the sister. In Part 4, the second sister brings to life all the elements of a marching band, and they happily surround her at the end and lift her up to greatness!

Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
grade__grade
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Alice by Avirl Lavigne, Mad World by Orzabal, String Quartet No. 4, movement 5 by Bartok, Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, Mad Hatter Ballad by Manny Maldonado, and Bacchanale by Saint-Saens
Lavigne/Orzabal/Bartok
Tchaikovsky/Maldonado
Saint-Saens/Tchaikovsky
grade_4_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado, Scott Ward Featuring Guy Jules Mad World, Schumann's Manfred Overture and Symphony No. 3, Patsy Cline's Crazy, Elfman's Breakfast Machine (from Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure), and Herman's Psycho Suite

Get ready for a MAD adventure! The production is set into four scenes: Mad Hatter, Mad Man, Mad House, and Mad World. After the Schumann pre-show that lays out a dark mood, the music starts driving and the craziness begins! The madness builds to a climatic ending!?
Orzabal/Schumann/Maldonado
Schumann
Elfman/Herman
grade_5_grade
Manuel J. Maldonado Featuring a pre-show recording of Michael Jackson's Behind the Mask, Thousand Foot Krutch's Welcome to the Masquerade, Carl Nielson's Overture Prelude to Act II from Maskarade, Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite, and Weber's Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera.
This show is about all things "mask"! ?
Thousand Foot Krutch, Neilsen
Nielsen
Khachaturian/Weber
grade_4_grade
Joe Garland, Louis Armstrong based off the music In the Mood and What a Wonderful World

Winds and Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado
(Copyright required for this arrangement)

Mood Swings! is a fun jazz show that features jazz "licks" from across the board. These fun and exciting arrangements not only get the crowd going, but judges and others in the band community will appreciate the attention to details such as phrasing, pacing, and other elements that great modern marching shows do.
Garland
Weiss/Thiele
Garland, Weiss/Thiele
grade__grade
Peter Tchaikovsky , Modeste Mussorgsky, and Jair Klarfeld; Winds arranged by Jair Klarfeld; Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado Featuring the music of Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.

This field production's visual concept is based around a girl and her music box. As she plays it, her toys come to life!

This show is a great crowd pleaser and is attainable by most groups.
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
grade__grade
Winds arranged by Shane Kelbley; Percussion by MJM Works LLC Featuring music from Dvorak's Symphony No. 8
Dvorak
Dvorak
Dvorak
Dvorak
grade_3_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado, Matt Greene Extended percussion break

Featuring music from Isham's Life as a House soundtrack, Saint-Saens Organ Symphony Cocks and Hens from Carnival of the Animals, and Zimmer's The Organ of Davy Jones

This production revolved around the play "organ" in the word "organic". Organ music was played and represented visually on the field, while plants and animals filled the visual palette!?
Isham, Saint-Saens
grade_4.5_grade
Shane Kelbley, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Rimsky-Korsokov's Scheherazade and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances

This is great music that represents two cultures colliding. Worth the listen!
Rimsky-Korsakov
Borodin
Rimsky-Korsakov
Rimsky-Korsakov
grade_4.5_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and Christina Perri's Tragedy

This "dark to light" show depicts the rebirth of someone overcoming tragedy. The music can have multiple visual interpretations to suit the program's needs. ?
grade_4_grade
Jair Klarfeld, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Kilar's Orawa, Bjork's Dancer in the Dark, and original works by Jair Klarfeld

This intriguing show revolves around the Orawa melody's unforgettable ostinato. The visual construct of the show involved large pvc cubes around the field, but this exciting music can have many different visual representations. ?
Kilar
Bjork
Kilar
grade_3.5_grade
Richard Saucedo and Jair Klarfeld; Winds arranged by Jair Klarfeld; Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado Perpetual Motion Based on the music of Richard Saucedo's Wind Sprints . Winds arranged by Jair Klarfeld Percussion arranged by Manuel J. Maldonado. Used by permission. Perpetual Motion is a show based off the exciting and constantly driving music of Richard Saucedo. Many different visual ideas come to mind with this music and the director is not limited to any one design or conceptual idea. The show helped the Port Isabel High School Band place fourth in the Texas 3A State U.I.L. Marching Band Championships. Give it a listen and enjoy!
Richard Saucedo
Richard Saucedo
Richard Saucedo
grade__grade
Luke McMillan, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extended Percussion Break

Featuring America the Beautiful, and original works by Luke McMillan

This patriotic show pays tribute to all who serve, not only in our military, but in our public servant roles of fire fighting, police, and emergency services.
traditional/McMillan
grade_4_grade
Jordan Stern Featuring Cirque du Solei's Quidam and original works by Jordan Stern

This unique Egyptian-style show will make definitely make any audience excited! Give it a listen!
Jutras
Balmages
Stern
grade_3.5_grade
Smith, Ticheli, Samuel Barber and Imagine Dragons; Winds arranged by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado; Percussion book available by Carlos Botello Redemption tells the story of a fallen angel trying to regain his grace. The opening number is from Dante's Inferno, the ballad is Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli, and the closer is Barber's Adagio and Imagine Dragon's Demons.

(Please note: Copyright permission is required by all parties before this marching band show may be resold. Additional fees will be required for licensing)
Smith, Robert W.
Ticheli, Frank
Barber/Imagine Dragons
grade__grade
Jair Klarfeld, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Guy Jules' Mad World, Iz Gomera's In Pursuit of Infernal Devices, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Jair Klarfeld's The Forest of Eyes

This intense production takes hold of the world's dark ending through the eyes of a forest…?
Orzabal
Gomera, Iz
Tchaikovsky
grade_4.5_grade
Winds, Percussion and Samples by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring music from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich, and Violin Concerto Op. 14 by Barber
Barber
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich
grade_5_grade
Will Pitts, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Extended percussion feature

Featuring Holsinger's Liturgical Dances, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, Zimmer's Macrotus (from the Batman Begins), and Metheny's Dismantling Utopia.

This "cyborg" show depicts the rise and fall of a cyborg army, portrayed by the colorguard.?
Shostakovich
Zimmer
Metheny
Holsinger
grade_5_grade
Sergi Prokofiev, Modest Mussorgsky, Pytor Tchaikovsky Russian Revolution

Featuring the music of Sergi Prokofiev, Modest Mussorgsky, Pytor Tchaikovsky
Winds by Manuel J. Maldonado
(There are currently no percussion parts available for these works. Ask about pricing.)

The Russian Revolution concept combines three great composers of their time. Their music is interwoven throughout each movement so that the listeners can experience their bold harmonies and strong melodies throughout the show.

Sergi Prokofiev
Modest Mussorgsky, Pytor Tchaikovsky
Sergi Prokofiev, Pytor Tchaikovsky
grade__grade
Gus Edwards

By Gus Edwards
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

This is the opening production to a young boy’s start to the school day.  The music is based off the turn-of-the-century favorite by Gus Edwards and Will Cobb.  Can you hear hints of other songs that might remind you of your childhood?

Gus Edwards
grade__grade
Alice Cooper

By Alice Cooper
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

School’s Out is the closing production of the School Days’ show.  Right after the boy is scolded, a bell rings and this classic by Alice Cooper begins.  The bridge is treated as an accelerando to help drive the band through the end of the show.

Tchaikovsky
grade__grade
Winds by Shane Kelbley
Percussion by Manny Maldonado and Brad Arnold

Sinfonica is a symphonic marching show that takes the listeners through various Mexican and Cuban songs and influences. Part 1 opens with H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana. Part 2 is Sensemaya, a Cuban-influenced work made famous by Leonard Bernstein. Part 3 is the Mass from Reed's work, and Part 4 ties the show together with components from the rest of La Fiesta.
Reed
Revueltas
Reed
Kelbley
grade__grade
Winds by Shane Kelbley; Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, and Ariana Grande's Young and Beautiful
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Nowells
Tchaikovsky
grade_4_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana, Williams' Symphonic Dance No. 2, Giacchino's La Luna, soundtrack, and Cancion del Mariachi from the Desperado soundtrack

This production features an exciting combination of legitimate and contemporary repertoire that comes together for a great show about the Spanish-Mexican people and its heritage.
Williams
Giacchino
Los Lobos
grade_3.5_grade
Winds by Will Pitts; Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli, McCormick Fanfare by Butz, Hope from Prayer Cycle by Jonathan Elias, and Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler
grade_4_grade
Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado, Chris Gordon, Eric Rath Featuring Donald Grantham's Spangled Heavens, Shabazz' Toward the North Star, the Pinnochio Soundtrack's When You Wish Upon a Star, and Markowski's Dreamland This show's visual element revolved around stars and Van Gogh's painting Starry Night. It opens up with a pre-recorded track of Star in the East that leads into Grantham's Spangled Heavens. This exciting show based off of contemporary wind literature and an old Disney classic will be sure to excite! ?
Grantham/Shabazz
Harline/Washington
Markowski
grade__grade
Winds by Daniel Montoya Jr., Percussion by Courtney Kirkwood Featuring music by Beethoven, Mackey, Copland, Whitacre, and traditional melodies.
Copland/traditional
Whitacre
Mackey
Copland/Beethoven
grade__grade
Featuring Feeling Good by Buble, Play it Up by Maldonado, Groovin' Hard by Menza, Roxanne by Sting, and Zoot Suit Riot by Steve Perry
Buble/Maldonado/Menza
Sting
Perry
grade_4.5_grade
Featuring Urban Dances by Danielpour, Paparazzi by Lady Gaga, The Truth Will Always Be by Pat Metheny, The Tabloids by Manny Maldonado, and Symphony No. 6 by Shostakovich
Danielpour/Maldonado
Lady Gaga/Metheny
Shostakovich/Maldonado
grade_4_grade
James Newton Howard

“The ARRIVAL”
Based on the soundtrack Signs by James Newton Howard, the soundtrack  Alien vs. Predator Requiem by Brian Tyler, and the Alien soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith.

Part One: The people of Earth realize that “other beings” have arrived. It is not clear, however, what their intentions are. The colorguard, depicted as the visitors, surround and encompass the band throughout the movement.

In Part Two, Earthlings feel that the beings have come in peace, and one even falls in love with a creature. But while a member of the Earthling band is being seduced by the colorguard being, another one is sneaking up behind him, which is heard in the build-up of the orchestration!

Part 3 begins with the breakout of war between the other life-forms (colorguard) and the people of Earth (the band.) While this goes on, the drum line plays their drum feature.

There are TWO options for a closer…

Part 4A: Based off the movie Alien vs. Predator Requiem, this movement has a dark turn that could go either way as to who wins the final outcome.

Part 4B: Based off of David Gillingham’s “Galactic Empire,” this piece starts with a war-like theme, but then quickly goes back to the Signs soundtrack while the chase begins to rid Earth of the Aliens.

Howard, James Newton
Howard, James Newton
Goldsmith, Jerry
Gillingham
Tyler, Brian
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Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Tchaikovsky's Black Swan Ballet, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Weather Report's Birdland, Adele's Skyfall,

This show is all about the birds! The opening act takes flight and is uplifting. The ballad are about the "dark birds", such as crows and vultures. There is then an interlude with the "bird" part from Peter and the Wolf that interacts with the percussion section, before going into Birdland. Then we return back to the Tchaikovsky to close it out!
Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev
Adele
Mendelssohn/Thaikovsky
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Peter Tchaikovsky

Based on an excerpt of Symphony No. 4 by Peter Tchaikovsky
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado

The second movement to the School Days’ program starts with a Charlie Brown-like school teacher’s voice played by a trombone soloist.  Hypnotized by the voice, the student begins staring out the window and the daydream sequence begins.  Right before the climax of the work, the boy is interrupted by a mad teacher-trombone player, and the resolution is a very comical, yet typical, ending, as the boy sits back in his desk, disappointed.

Peter Tchaikovsky
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Jair Klarfeld The Forgotten People

Featuring the music of Jair Klarfeld
Winds by Jair Klarfeld
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado

This original three-movement work for marching band embodies the spirit of the Mayan civilization. Part 1 begins with a flute melody that builds into the main band theme. A jungle-like interlude leads into a mysterious percussive drive that makes the listener visual the rain forest. In Part 2, the flute soloist leads the band into a festive dance in 12/8 time. Part 3 finishes the show with dark harmonies that eventually end with the flute soloist, vanishing into the softening percussion textures.

Jair Klarfeld
Jair Klarfeld
Jair Klarfeld
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Gustav Mahler based off of Mahler's Symphony No. 1
Winds and Percussion by Manny Maldonado
(No copyright Needed for this work)

The Fugitive is a programmatic work. In the pre-show (pre-recorded track included), and man is framed and a chase ensues during Part 1 of the show. At the end of the movement, he is captured and is placed in jail. While in jail, he contemplates his misfortune and thinks about how he can clear his name. Then, he sees the real criminal through the jail-bar window. He makes an escape and tries to capture the man in Part 3. Toward the end, the true criminal is caught, and the man becomes a hero for his valor.
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler
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The Lost Treasure is a programmatic show about an archaeologist who finds a precious stone in the jungle, but is discovered by a group of criminals who want the gem. The production is set to Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

Part 1 is a chase scene with the female archaeologist fleeing from the thieves, but she is ultimately caught and the gem is stripped from her. In Part 2, she finds a way to sway the lead criminal into giving her the gem back, but he soon realizes her scheme. In Part 3, there is another chase scene, as well as a fight scene. Finally, the gem comes to "life" and begins glowing, causing all who are not worthy to flee. The archaeologist is safe and returns home with her prized possession.
Gustav Mahler
Aram Khachaturian
Gustav Mahler
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Gustav Holst

By Gustov Holst
Winds by Jair Klarfeld
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

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The Planets is a show design purely symphonic in nature.  It is based of the classic masterpiece by Gustov Holst and has been a favorite show concept in marching band and drum corps for the past 25 years.  Pay especially close attention to the mallet work in  Venus and the recapitulation in the final minutes of Jupiter.

Gustav Holst
Gustav Holst
Gustav Holst
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt

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The design of this show pursues three things in life: the pursuit of life, of love, and of happiness.  In the first movement, the pursuit of life is demonstrated in the business suit-like guard uniform and briefcase props.  In the famous love song "Claire de Lune," the band could represent love through a heart-shape drill design, through visually cradling a baby, or through a guard skit on the field.  The excerpts from Hungarian Rhapsody are typical of cartoon music, which helps to paint the picture of Happiness for the band's final pursuit.

Rimsky-Korsakov
Debussy
Franz Liszt
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The concept of this show depicts the thoughts, fantasies, and dreams of individuals that they have inside their mind.

This show features the work of Verdi, Michael Daughtery, and Britney Spears, among others.
Daugherty, Debussy, Mozart, Montoya, Vaughan Williams, Verdi
Daugherty, Debussy, Mozart, Montoya, Vaughan Williams, Verdi
Daugherty, Debussy, Mozart, Montoya, Vaughan Williams, Verdi
Daugherty, Debussy, Mozart, Montoya, Vaughan Williams, Verdi
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Sergi Prokofiev, Albert Rousso, Peter Tchaikovsky

The Women of Shakespeare
Based from the music of Sergi Prokofiev, Albert Rousso, and Peter Tchaikovsky.
Winds and Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado.

Help! Juliet needs some advice. In the pre-show, Romeo has asked her to marry him and she doesn't know what to do! The women of Shakespeare's most popular plays come to life throughout the show to give her advice on love and life.

Prokofiev, Roussel, Tchaikovsky
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Winds by Tim Hinton; Percussion by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring the music of Mackey's Hymn to a Blue Hour, Jupiter by Holst, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Debussy's Claire de Lune, and The Shadow Chase from the Jupiter Ascending soundtrack by Michael Giacchino
Mackey/Holst
Beethoven/Debussy
Giacchino
unkown
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Carol Brittin Chambers, Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado Featuring Glass' Primacy of Numbers, Bjork's Dancer in the Dark, Giacchino's Enterprising Young Men, and Chamber's Train of Thought

This production's visual hook was a play on the word "train" inside the title "Train of Thought".
Glass
Bjork
Giacchino
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Featuring True Colors by Zed Kesha, Swan Lake Ballet and Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky, Paint it Black by Mick Jagger, and A Colour Symphony by Sir Artur Bliss
Tchaikovsky/Kesha/Jagger
Bliss
Bliss/Tchaikovsky
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Jordan Stern Musical Selections:
"Turn, Turn, Turn!" by the Byrds
"Turning Tables" by Adele
"Children's March" by Percy Grainger
"Symphony #10" by Dmitri Shostakovich
"Galop" from "The Limpid Stream" by Dmitri Shostakovich

This exciting production takes us through the life journey of a person: From a young boy at play, who becomes an angst filled teenager who then graduates from high school and falls in love. From there, he gets swept up in the hectic "rat race" of working life. The show ends as he and his wife has a child and the cycle begins again...
The Byrds/Adele/Grainger/Shostakovich
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Featuring Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring, Hindemith's Symphony in Bb, Coldplay's Fix You, and Holst's Jupiter from The Planets

Unity celebrates man and mankind. There is enough darkness, reflection, and triumph in this work to have multiple visual interpretations.
Hindemith
Hindemith
Holst/Coldplay
Copland/Holst
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Richard Danielpour and Jair Klarfeld; Winds arranged by Jair Klarfeld; Percussion arranged by Manny Maldonado Urban Dances

By Richard Danielpour
Winds by Jair Klarfeld
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado
used by permission

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This program design illustrates ones excitement, frustration, and release of a Friday workday just before the weekend begins.  Give it a listen!

Richard Danielpour
Richard Danielpour
Richard Danielpour
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Winds and Percussion by Jordan Stern Featuring the music of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
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The "Vanishing Act" is based off the music of "Houdini". It starts with a pre-show soundscape and has a powerful sample effect at the end of the closer.

This show is not for the faint of heart! Although the technical aspect of the show is a grade 3, the tempos make it a challenge for any marching ensemble!
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Philip Glass, Peter Tchaikovsky The "War of Art" is based off the inward struggle any true artist has with his or her work. The pre-show audio track is a testament of the inner voices an artist hears…part insanity, part war within the artist. As the show progresses, beauty begins to shine through until there is triumph with the finished work.

Part 1, 2 and 4 is based off the music of Philip Glass. Part 3 is from Peter Tchaikovsky.
Glass, Philip
Tchaikovsky
Glass, Philip
Glass, Philip
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Featuring A Movement for Rosa by Camphouse, Pure Imagination by Bricusse/Newley, and Symphony No. 2 by Tchaikovsky
Camphouse
Bricusse/Newley/Camphouse
Tchaikovsky/Bricusse/Newley/Camphouse
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John Mackey, Aaron Copeland Worker's Fanfare is a bold and spirited show based off the music of Aaron Copland and John Mackey.

It embodies the blue-collar workforce of America and can have many visual elements fit the theme of this fine marching band show.
Mackey, Copland
Bjork
Copland
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Imogen Heap, Mark Isham

You Are
Featuring the music of Imogen Heap and Mark Isham's Life as a House soundtrack.
Winds arranged by Carol Chambers.
Percussion by Manuel J. Maldonado and Kris Hartman.

The pre-show and three movements are based off the concept of "who you are…the individual, the poised, and the driven." Many visual representations can be interpreted, and the rich harmonies and driving melodic lines will give the director many visual ideas for their marching band.

Imogen Heap, Mark Isham
Imogen Heap, Mark Isham
Imogen Heap, Mark Isham
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Sounscapes & Sound Effects

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Design Consultation

Every year, Manny Maldonado and his MJM Works team help band programs with their show design. Manny's experience with show pacing, visual-to-music flow, and thematic concepts has placed many MJM Works clients into "state" and "finals" competitions. MJM Works also offers audio sampling and soundscapes to help give your band a contemporary and modern edge over competitors.

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Leadership Training

Manny Maldonado, owner of MJM Works, is also the head leadership facilitator to SASI Austin, a student leadership company dedicated to providing young minds the skills necessary to becoming great leaders.

SASI, also known as Solutions and Specialized Innovations, teaches more than 1500 high school and college students annually across America. Many highly successful programs attribute much of their success to the great student leadership training that SASI provides.

For more information on SASI, or to have Manny Maldonado or another SASI facilitator speak at your school or event, visit studentsleading.org.

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