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Afraid of the Dark (2019/2021)

Flex Version

(For Concert Band and Electronic Accompaniment)

Commissioned by the Lancaster Country Day School Lower School Band

Mrs. Megan Charlesworth, director

About the Music

Young band with electronics?! Sounds scary! 


Afraid of the Dark illustrates a dark and spooky trip through a nightmare with the help of an electronic accompaniment! Every instrument plays an important role in this exciting, fun, and unique piece. Afraid of the Dark is a Grade 1-1.5 work written to help develop the second-year band in a variety of areas.


Written in a flexible manner for young ensembles of nearly any instrumentation, students will expand their range beyond the one-octave Bb major scale, be introduced to concert pitches A-flat and F-sharp, and develop a steady sense of pulse (thanks to the pre-recorded electronic accompaniment). 

More Info

This is a full-flex arrangement of Afraid of the Dark, meaning that it offers maximum flexibility by which any voice is playable by any instrument. Each melodic instrument has four parts, and this arrangement can be performed at minimum by any combination of parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 among any combination of the melodic instruments. Percussion parts have also been prioritized (some made optional) so that the piece may be performed with as few as 3-4 percussionists.

Includes "bonus" melodic instruments - guitar and electric bass. Standard notation and tab notation are provided for each.

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