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Craig Mason's Music

Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught and conducted many wind bands, brass bands, choirs, theater productions, pit orchestras, music theory courses, jazz ensembles, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and chamber ensembles in public and private schools, as well as at the university, collegiate, and adult level.


Craig has extensive experience with jazz education and a rich history with the drum and bugle corps genre, dating back to 1976. He was a performer and teacher for the Madison Scouts until 1992, taught several music ensembles in Europe, and is actively involved with the Madison Scouts Alumni Association as both a performer, conductor, and music arranger.


Craig was selected for the Kohl Fellowship in 1989 and has been selected for Who's Who in America's Teachers numerous times, as well as being selected for Who's Who in America, and has been selected as the most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, by School Band and Orchestra magazine. All of his public school bands have earned many awards, including performances at the Wisconsin State Music Conference and the National Band Association Wisconsin Conference.


Craig has taught many band clinics, judges marching band contests and solo & ensemble festivals. He is a published composer and has arranged and composed for many marching bands, concert bands, chamber ensembles, brass bands, and drum and bugle corps around the United States, Europe and Japan. He also writes marching band drills for bands in Wisconsin and Nebraska. Currently he is the Associate Conductor of Bands, Orchestra Conductor, Horn studio teacher, and Lecturer at University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he also teaches conducting courses.


Craig is also an active performer with the Brass Knuckles Brass Quintet, the Craig Mason Combo and local orchestras and pit orchestras.


Learn more about Craig Mason and his music at: https://masonmusique.webs.com/

Deck the Hall for Full Orchestra and Choir

Arranged by Craig Mason

2 Minutes

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 4 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Chimes, Orchestral Bells, Cymbals, Harp, Choir, Strings

Written for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Gala 2020


Easy to put together in a very short time!


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Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by J.S. Bach

Arranged by Craig Mason

7 Minutes 45 Seconds

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bb Clarinet 4, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb


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Chester for Brass Quintet

Music by William Billings (1746-1800)

Arranged by Craig Mason

Commissioned by the Americana Band, Peosta, Iowa

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: 1st Cornet, 2nd Cornet, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba

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The Marriage of Figaro Overture for Percussion Ensemble

Music by W.A. Mozart

Arranged by Craig Mason

Commissioned by the Arts High School of Newark, New Jersey

7 Minutes

Instrumentation: Orchestral Bells, Two Xylophones, Two Vibraphones (Second part can be performed on Marimba), Marimba, Timpani, Bass Drum, and Cymbals

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Washington Post March for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb


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Hodge Podge for Clarinet Ensemble

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Available in two versions:

Version 1 Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

Version 2 Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb


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The Liberty Bell March for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contrabass Clarinet in Bb


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Habanera from "Carmen" for Flute Choir

Music by Georges Bizet

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Flute 3, Flute 4, Flute 5, Flute 6


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Introduction and Waltz for Tenor Saxophone and Piano

By Craig Mason

Dedicated to Phoebe

5 Minutes

Available in Two Versions:

1. Bb Tenor Saxophone and Piano

2. C Tenor Saxophone and Piano


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Manhattan Beach for Clarinet Ensemble

Music by John Phillip Sousa

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Contra Alto Clarinet in Eb


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Polka for Woodwind Quintet

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, and Bassoon

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A Wind Thing for Woodwind Quintet

By Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, and Bassoon

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Ivy for Strings and Percussion

By Nick Mason

Arranged by Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Violin I/Wind Chimes, Violin II/Rain Stick, Violin/Cocoa Bean Rattle


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The Star Spangled Banner for Chorus

By John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key

Arranged by Craig Mason

2 Minutes

For Four-Part Choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and Optional Piano


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The Star Spangled Banner Duet

By John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key

Arranged by Craig Mason

2 Minutes


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Available for two flutes, two clarinets, two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, two horns, two trumpets, and two trombones

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen for Chorus

Traditional

Originally Harmonized by Sir John Stainer

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

For Four-Part Choir: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass


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Model of a Modern-Major General for Trombone/Voice and Tuba

From "Pirates of Penzance"

Music by Gilbert and Sullivan

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Trombone/Voice and Tuba


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Komm Susser Swing for Jazz Band

Based on music by J. S. Bach

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Piano, String Bass, and Drum Set


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Der Schmetterling (The Butterfly) for Voice and Oboe

Music by Schubert

Lyrics by Friedrich von Schlegel

Arranged by Craig Mason

3 Minutes

Instrumentation: Voice and Oboe

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A Baker's Dozen Leadsheet

12 + 1 Original Twelve-Bar Blues Tunes

By Craig Mason

Instrumentation: Leadsheet

Available in four versions: Concert Pitch, Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef


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Frolic for Tuba

An unaccompanied tuba solo for David S.

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Tuba


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Venga a mi for Chorus

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass


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Youfoekneeum - Introduction and Waltz for Euphonium Quartet

By Craig Mason

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Euphonium Quartet (4 Euphonium parts)


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Two Songs by Brahms for Oboe/English Horn Quartet

Music by Johannes Brahms

Arranged by Craig Mason

1. In Waldeseinsamkeit (Forest Solitude)

2. Standchen (Serenade)

Arrangement commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

4 Minutes

Instrumentation: Oboe 1, Oboe 2, English Horn 1, English Horn 2


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