BCM works featuring teaching opportunities with modern stylistic elements, from pop music and rock to jazz and funk.



Chaos Theory (Bonney)
Fusing progressive/hard rock intensity with classical sophistication, this concerto for electric guitar and wind ensemble pays homage to Beethoven, Metallica, J.S. Bach, Led Zeppelin, Shostakovich, Iron Maiden, Igor Stravinsky, King Crimson, George Lynch, Augustin Barrios-Mangore, John Petrucci , Frank Zappa, Anton Webern, and Steve Vai. Educational elements of ferocious rhythms, tight intonation and articulations, and aggressive playing.

Ghost Train (Whitacre)
The classic that started it all...with everything from motoric train rhythms to slick jazz textures.

Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! (Whitacre)
The popular piece, the infamous monster. Godzilla stomps through the city (represented by a parodic horror movie tune) and encounters many diverse styles of popular music. Allows students to theatrically play with fun, campy humor.


Chunk (Newman)
Teach classic funk styles and rhythms within a fun homage to the music of George Clinton and Stevie Wonder. Challenging brass parts, a "Jethro-Tull"-style flute solo, and a funk-flugelhorn solo are the main funk elements needed.