FAQ

  • Do you accept purchase orders from school districts?

    • Absolutely!  I am very flexible with due dates, invoicing, and payment options.​

  • What information do you need to provide when ordering a show?

    • SCHOOL INFORMATION

      • School Name

      • School Mailing Address

      • School City, State, Zip

      • School Phone / Extension

    • DIRECTOR INFORMATION

      • Main director/contact for the marching band

      • Head Band Director Name

      • Head Director Mobile Phone

      • Head Band Director Email

      • Assistant Band Director Name

      • Asst. Director Mobile Phone

      • Asst. Band Director Email 

    • BAND INFORMATION

      • Band’s web site

      • Number of Bass Drums you march

    • COMPETITION CIRCUIT INFORMATION

      • Primary Competitive Circuit / Class

        • Primary circuit’s web site address

      • Secondary Circuit / Class

        • Secondary circuit’s web site

      • Bands of America Event(s)? 

  • How much advance time do you need to compose a show?

    • I ask that commission requests are filed and settle no later than April 1st, but exceptions can be made on a case by case basis..​

  • What are the advantages of using an original work versus an arrangement?

    • With an original work, you are guaranteed to be the only band in the region to be performing that music.  With an arrangement, the band from the school down the road could secure the same rights to arrange the exact same piece of music!​

    • In addition to that, an original work is designed specifically for the competitive field.  So all pacing, transitions, thematic concepts, and spacing for visual components are already factored in!

  • What period of time may I use a purchased show?

    • The show may be used for one competitive season.  Extended time to use the purchased show would require additional permission.

  • What is your instrumentation like in your wind scores?

    • The standard scores are for full instrumentation and break down as such:

      • -Flute (with frequent split parts)

      • -Clarinet 1 and 2

      • -Bass Clarinet (mostly tuba doubling)

      • -Alto Sax (with frequent split parts)

      • -Tenor Sax (with occasional split parts)

      • -Baritone Sax (mostly tuba doubling)

      • -Trumpet 1 and 2

      • -Mellophone (with frequent split parts)

      • -Low Brass 1

      • -Low Brass 2

      • -Tuba

    • There are reduced instrumentation parts available as well for an extra charge.  This breaks down as such:

      • -Flute 

      • -Clarinet

      • -Bass Clarinet (opt)

      • -Alto Sax

      • -Tenor Sax 

      • -Baritone Sax (opt)

      • -Trumpet 1 and 2

      • -Mellophone 

      • -Trombone/Baritone

      • -Tuba

  • How would you describe the levels of difficulty?

    • While general grades and difficulty levels come from a variety of reasons, most factors come from the difficulty of the 1st wind parts, as well as the overall rhythmic and technical difficulty of all parts.  ​

      • Medium Easy - Grade 2 - 3​

      • Medium - Grade 3 - 3.5

      • Medium Hard - Grade 3.5 - 4.5

      • Hard - 4.5 - 5

  • Can we make videos/DVD of our performances using a JFMS piece/arrangement to sell?

    • Absolutely!  That synchronization right automatically comes with the music.  ​

  • Can we distribute the mp3 files to our staff and students?

    • All mp3's provided to bands are free to be copied, burned, and/or shared electronically for all staff and students.  The only exception is for non-public domain arrangements.......please make sure you have the rights secured before distribution.​

  • Can I view a perusal score?

    •  Perusal scores are available upon request!  These scores are a wonderful way for directors to get an idea of instrument ranges, scoring, and instrumentation to select what best suits their bands.

    • All scores are in PDF format and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat.

    • However, to protect the integrity of the works, not all pages will be provided and they will be heavily marked as sample.  Please limit requests to 3 scores at a time.  ​ 

  • What percussion scoring do you use?

    • Percussion scoring is standard across all JFMS pieces and include:​

      • Chimes​

      • Bells/Glockenspiel

      • Xylophone

      • Vibraphone

      • Marimba 1 (treble) and 2 (bass)

      • Synthesizer

      • Accessories 1 and 2

      • Snare

      • Tenors

      • Bass Drum (4 basses) *free modification for 3 bass and 5 bass parts.

  • Why would you recommend using the percussion parts provided, as opposed to having my directors write them?

    • The percussion parts to a piece ordered from JFMS​ were written in tandem with the wind score, and maximize the musical cohesiveness that is achievable.  The coordination between wind and percussion parts is vital to a successful product.

    • If you have a percussion arranger on staff to write the parts, it is recommended to order percussion parts as a guide from JFMS.

  • May our group alter or change the music?

    • Not every band is the same, and you have to do what is needed to maximize your groups best sound.  So, to put it a bit more clearly, YES YOU MAY ALTER THE MUSIC TO FIT YOUR GROUP!​

  • May we alter or change the title of the show?

    • Absolutely!  If you need to re-title the pieces to fit a specific theme or visual concept, that is completely acceptable!​

  • Would you alter one of your shows?

    • Any alterations to an existing show (such as revoicing, transitions, simplification/watering, etc.) are possible at an additional charge.  ​*Exception for free modification of marching bass parts.

John Fischer

3700 Kingwood Drive, Apt. 2127

Kingwood, TX  77339

musicjohnfischer@gmail.com

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