It is my hope that the following compositions will provide students with songs that they will enjoy learning to play, and provide other music educators with a teaching tool that can be used to motivate and encourage their students.

IT'S OK - (Level: 1)

Gary Gazlay

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It’s OK was written for my 6th grade beginning band to use as an instructional aide to assist my students as they were learning the first notes and rhythms in their band method book. The title was chosen because the words “It's OK” corresponded with the rhythm of the first three notes of the melody.

It’s OK is dedicated to the members of the Madison County Central School Bands.

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CHECK IT OUT! - (Level: 1)

Gary Gazlay

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CHECK IT OUT was written for my 6 grade beginning band to use as an instructional aide to assist my students as they were learning the first notes as well as eighth note rhythms in their band method book. The title was chosen because the words “Check it out” corresponded with the rhythm of the first three notes of the melody.

CHECK IT OUT is dedicated to the Madison County Central School 6 Grade Band, 2011-2012.

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DODO BIRD - (Level: 1)

Gary Gazlay

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The composition Dodo Bird was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with a “fun” song to play in the stands at football and basketball games as well as school programs.

Dodo Bird is dedicated to the Madison County Central School Bands, Madison, Florida.

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FIRED UP! - (Level: 1.5)

Gary Gazlay

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FIRED UP! was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with a “fun” song to play in the stands at football and basketball games as well as band concerts. Careful attention to the dynamics and articulations will really make FIRED UP! an enjoyable musical experience for both the performer and listener.

FIRED UP! is dedicated to my grandson, Adam Setzer

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THE BOTTOM LINE - (Level 1:5)

Gary Gazlay

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THE BOTTOM LINE was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with an “enjoyable” song to play as well as a “fun” tool to improve their instrumental technique. The indicated tempo is just a starting point and the song can be played much faster once each student learns his or her part.

THE BOTTOM LINE is dedicated to the Madison County Central School Bands, 2012-2013.

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BACKATCHA - (Level: 1.5)

Gary Gazlay

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BACKATCHA pronounced “back-at-cha” was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with an “enjoyable” song to play as well as a tool to improve their instrumental technique. We support our school by playing in the stands at football and basketball games and this is has been an easy song for my younger players to learn. The rhythms played by the low brass and winds should help to reinforce what they are learning in their method book.

BACKATCHA is dedicated to the Madison County Central School Bands, 2012-2013.

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JUST THINK ABOUT IT! - (Level: 1.5)

Gary Gazlay

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JUST THINK ABOUT IT! - was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with an “enjoyable” song to play. The challenge that I have observed with my students is keeping the tempo throughout the entire song.

JUST THINK ABOUT IT! is dedicated to the Madison County Central School Bands, Madison, Florida

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CRANK IT UP! - (Level: 1.5)

Gary Gazlay

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CRANK IT UP! was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with an “enjoyable” song to play. The challenge that I have observed with my students is keeping the tempo throughout the entire song especially from measures (25-32). The bass drum part helps to keep , cranked up”.

CRANK IT UP! is dedicated to my nephew, Caleb Dorsey.

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THE FREAK - (Level: 2)

Gary Gazlay

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The FREAK was written for my band students with the purpose of providing them with a “fun” song to play. The title has provided me with the opportunity to share with them that usually when another individual makes fun of someone, it is because they are jealous and not willing to put forth the effort that it takes to learn to play an instrument. I often remind “my freaks” how special they are to me and how very proud I am of them. The FREAK is dedicated to the past and present members of the Madison County Central School Bands.

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