Jorge L. Vargas, Composer

Composer, arranger, teacher. Published by Gand Mesa Music, Alfred Music, Ecxelcia Music, and Randall Standridge Music

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Luz Y Sombra - Concert March - by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr 2, RSM Publications) 04/27/2022

Luz Y Sombra - Concert March - by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr 2, RSM Publications)

Hey guys again! I am also very happy to announce that my concert band piece, Luz Y Sombra was also designated as an EDITORS’ CHOICE work by JW Pepper! This piece is published by Randall Standridge Music. It would make a great march for UIL or any other festival. Take a listen to it, and buy it!

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/S7YGCQWvQVHNRhCy5

Luz Y Sombra - Concert March - by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr 2, RSM Publications) Listen to Luz Y Sombra - Concert March - by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr 2, RSM Publications) by Randall Standridge on

Blue Comet 04/27/2022

Blue Comet

Hey guys! I am so happy to announce that my composition for band, Blue Comet, has been designated as a JW Pepper EDITORS’ CHOICE! Blue Comet is published by Randall Standridge Music. Take a listen to it, and buy it! This is one of my favorites, and I know your band will love it!

https://www.randallstandridge.com/blue-comet/

Blue Comet Spring Randall Standridge · Blue Comet by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr.2, Randall Standridge Music Publications) Sample Score (CLICK HERE!) About Blue Comet I have always been fascinated b…

Concert Band Recording 2022 04/26/2022

Concert Band Recording 2022

Hey guys! I’m so excited to let you know that my concert band piece Speed Mirage has been selected as an EDITOR’S CHOICE by JW Pepper!
Speed Mirage is published by Excelcia Music Publishing. Take a listen to it, and buy it when it becomes available. Here is a link to all of the Excelcia new concert band releases. You can find Speed Mirage in the Intermezzo Series. Woohoo!!!

https://excelciamusic.com/band-hub-2022/

Concert Band Recording 2022 Concert Band Music 2022-2023

Mar Y Cielo, by Jorge L. Vargas - Score & Sound 04/16/2022

Mar Y Cielo, by Jorge L. Vargas - Score & Sound

Hey, everyone! I am so happy to share my latest band composition that will be released by Alfred Music. Mar Y Cielo is a concert pasodoble that is suitable for young bands, but more advanced bands will also find it very enjoyable. This is a very elegant sounding piece, and I just know your band will love it. Take a listen to Mar Y Cielo!

https://youtu.be/PVJK9BsNXx4

Mar Y Cielo, by Jorge L. Vargas - Score & Sound For more information or to purchase, go to https://bit.ly/35aFIPU Mar Y CieloBy Jorge L. Vargas (BMI)Item: 00-49512Series: Young SymphonicCategory: Concert B...

Speed Mirage 04/14/2022

Speed Mirage

Just in time for your spring concert! Speed Mirage! It’s a grade 2.5. Check out the score and recording. Also, check out the the video of me talking about Speed Mirage. It took me an hour to record this short video, and I just can’t bear to watch it. But anyway, check it out!

https://excelciamusic.com/product/icb2213-speed-mirage-vargas/

Speed Mirage This piece feels the need for speed! Composer Jorge L. Vargas has crafted an infectious composition that is infused with rock influences, including clever shifts into a quasi-halftime feel that really punches. Students will love this piece!

03/12/2022

I just received some news that has completely made my day!
One of the music publishers I have worked with just informed that they are going to publish both pieces I submitted to them! I don’t want to say too much just yet, but they are going to be released next year. I love these pieces, and I can’t wait to share them with you. But first, I will share the new pieces that are coming out in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

03/11/2022

Did a Zoom with Sheldon Frazier and the North Cobb High School band from Kennesaw, Georgia. They are playing my band piece, Red Giant. A wonderful group of students and an amazing director! I got to listen to them play my piece, and it was just so awesome! They will be the first band in Georgia to play Red Giant for their evaluation next week. It was just added to their state list.

Concert Band Recording 2022 03/03/2022

Concert Band Recording 2022

Hey Guys! I'm very happy to share a recording of my first band work for Excelcia Music Publishing! The title is Speed Mirage. A little serious, a little funky, and a little rock for good measure. Check it out! It is in the Intermezzo Series (Grade 2-2.5) I am providing a link to all of the new Excelcia band pieces so you can listen to all of them, but please give a listen to Speed Mirage and let me know what you think! I, of course, Love it!!!
https://excelciamusic.com/band-hub-2022/#2

Concert Band Recording 2022 Concert Band Music 2022-2023

Excelcia Music Publishing Adds Eight New Composers to its Roster for 2022 Releases 02/24/2022

Excelcia Music Publishing Adds Eight New Composers to its Roster for 2022 Releases

Very excited to be a part of Excelcia Music! Look for my band composition, Speed Mirage, Coming soon!

Excelcia Music Publishing Adds Eight New Composers to its Roster for 2022 Releases Excelcia Music Publishing Adds Eight New Composers to its Roster for 2022 Releases

02/16/2022

Now that I have submitted most of my music to various publishers, I would like to share a few things that I have learned about this process to anyone who has ever considered submitting music to publishers. Yes, sometimes publishers will pass on your music because it is not good. But there are other factors to consider:

1. Some publishers are looking for a certain style. A publisher once told me that they liked my string orchestra piece, but it was too sad and they were looking for something more upbeat. Another told me they don’t publish folk music arrangements.

2. Difficulty. Maybe your piece is a grade three and they want grade .5 or grade 1 pieces.

3. Publishers only have a few spots available, and they have all been filled.

4. Demand. Sometimes publishers will publish a couple of pieces that you have submitted and decide if they will publish more based on your sales. It’s a business, after all. No matter how good your music is, if it doesn’t sell, it doesn’t make sense to publish it.

5. Recognition- If a publisher has 20 spots available, he’s not going to give an up and coming composer like me 5 spots. I might get 1 or 2. The established composers will get more spots. Again, it’s sound business practices. Established composers will sell.

Also a few other things to consider:

-Always submit your best music. To every publisher. Don’t say “I’ll give the best stuff to publisher A and give my average stuff to publisher B. That’s just a bad idea.

-Learn how to take criticism.

-learn how to be flexible with your compositions. Sometimes publishers will give you suggestions on how to improve your piece. You should really listen and take the advice.

Well, that’s it. I’m hoping for the best. Good luck to everyone about to submit a composition to a publisher for the first time!

Photos from Excelcia Music Publishing's post 02/11/2022

My band piece, Speed Mirage will be published by Excelcia this spring. I sure wish I was more photogenic, though….

Jorge L. Vargas, Composer updated their address. 01/23/2022

Jorge L. Vargas, Composer updated their address.

Jorge L. Vargas, Composer updated their address.

01/13/2022

I just found out that my pasodoble Luna Y fuego will be performed at the Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference! It will be performed by the Case Western Reserve University band.
NICE!

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Luz y Sombra 12/28/2021

Luz y Sombra

Luz Y Sombra, a Pasodoble, will also be released by Randall Standridge Music in the spring.
https://www.randallstandridge.com/luz-y-sombra/

Luz y Sombra Spring Randall Standridge · Luz Y Sombra – Concert March – by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr 2, RSM Publications)   Sample Score (CLICK HERE!)   About Luz y Sombra It was my i…

First Day of Summer 12/28/2021

First Day of Summer

Here is another one of my band compositions that will be released in the spring by Randall Standridge Music. The First Day Of Summer.

https://www.randallstandridge.com/first-day-of-summer/

First Day of Summer Spring Randall Standridge · The First Day Of Summer by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr. 2, RSM Publications)   Sample Score (CLICK HERE!)   About The First Day of Summer When I was a young…

Blue Comet 12/28/2021

Blue Comet

Please take a listen to Blue Comet, one of three works for band that will be released by Randall Standridge Music this coming spring.
https://www.randallstandridge.com/blue-comet/

Blue Comet Spring Randall Standridge · Blue Comet by Jorge Vargas (Concert Band, Gr.2, Randall Standridge Music Publications) Sample Score (CLICK HERE!)   About Blue Comet I have always been fascinated b…

11/29/2021

I still can’t believe I am writing this. I am very excited to have two pieces that are going to be performed at the Midwest Clinic! I keep having this dream where I walk into the room and there is no band there, only a bunch of people laughing and pointing at me. I’m still suspicious, but here is the information for everyone that is attending. If you are not attending, take a listen to these works for band. Thank you all for your support!

11/15/2021

Grand Mesa Music Publishers

I was just informed that my pasodoble Luna Y Fuego has been selected to be played at the Midwest New Music Reading Session! And yes, I am excited!!!

Luna Y Fuego is published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers

https://grandmesamusic.com/component/songpub/song/2483?Itemid=1386

Grand Mesa Music Publishers Grand Mesa Music Publishers, publishing concert band, string orchestra, and wind ensemble music of timeless educational and musical value - for school bands and orchestras and ensembles.

10/26/2021

I didn't want to share this until I was absolutely sure of it, simply because I still couldn't believe it, but it's true!

As I posted a while ago, my band piece , Red Giant, will be performed at Midwest. Well, I am happy to report that the Keller Wind Ensemble is going to perform it! Wow!!!!! This is just amazing!!!

Really, all of this is just an incredible feeling for so many reasons:
-I'm a relatively unknown composer
-I don't have many pieces written
-I certainly don't have many recognizable pieces out there
-I am Hispanic, and so happy to represent!

And to have the Keller Wind Ensemble perform my piece is just great news!!!

10/21/2021

I just found out that my band composition “Red Giant” is going to be performed at Midwest!!! I am beyond excited!!!!

Jorge Vargas 09/01/2021

Jorge Vargas

Check out my bio! New music coming in 2022. Can’t wait!

https://excelciamusic.com/our-composers/jorge-vargas/

Jorge Vargas Jorge's fresh and exciting works give younger bands a chance to explore many styles of music. Jorge's unique harmonic palette is refreshing for musicians and audiences alike.

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound 08/11/2021

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound

Please consider programming this concert band piece for your next concert. It was released this year. It’s a great piece for young bands!

https://youtu.be/urrFV8T2MuI

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound For more information or to purchase, go to https://bit.ly/3t9kEPD.TensionBy Jorge L. VargasItem: 00-49109Series: Young SymphonicGrade: 2.5A musical roller co...

08/04/2021

This year has been amazing for me! I am so happy to announce that five of my newly written concert are going to be published next year! It may not be a big deal to some, but I have never had more than two pieces published in one year. I’m so thankful for the people in my life who have guided me through this learning process. I have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there!

06/29/2021

Very excited about this piece I am working on. It's a combination of a 19th century style waltz and a joropo. I am digging this!

06/07/2021

Working on some new compositions. A couple of South American sounding waltzes, some pasodobles, a cha cha cha, and a mambo. Exploring my Latin roots!!!

05/21/2021

I have some exciting news to share! Just not quite yet...

Protostar, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound 05/19/2021

Protostar, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound

This concert band piece was released at the beginning of the pandemic. Needless to say, it wasn’t really played. I believe it’s great for middle school bands. Take a look at the score and listen to it. Play it at your next concert. I’m hoping it makes the Prescribed Music List. Who knows…

https://youtu.be/7jEO1W7a9-Y

Protostar, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound For more information, or to purchase, go to https://bit.ly/3dHCcMz ProtostarBy Jorge L. VargasItem: 00-48136Series: Young SymphonicLevel: 2This composition d...

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound 04/30/2021

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound

Here is my new concert band composition, Tension. Follow along with score and sound!
https://youtu.be/urrFV8T2MuI

Tension, by Jorge L. Vargas – Score & Sound For more information or to purchase, go to https://bit.ly/3t9kEPD.TensionBy Jorge L. VargasItem: 00-49109Series: Young SymphonicGrade: 2.5A musical roller co...

Tension 04/21/2021

Tension

Take a listen! Available soon!
https://www.alfred.com/tension/p/00-49109/

Tension By Jorge L. Vargas. Concert Band Conductor Score & Parts. A musical roller coaster, this enthusiastic Jorge Vargas original composition will keep your students and audiences on the edge of their seats. With an energetic pace, syncopated rhythms, and exciting chords, Tension will take you on an emoti...

04/20/2021

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04/09/2021

So I did this thing today:
A band director contacted me and asked if I could record a short video wishing his middle school band good luck at their UIL concert and sightreading contest. The band is playing my concert band piece Red Giant. This is the first time I have done anything like this. I am beyond thrilled, but I am also very happy that this particular band has the opportunity to perform at UIL. it has been a tough year for music programs all across the country, and it brings me great joy to find out that many bands have overcome great obstacles to get ready for UIL. I wish the McDonald Middle School Honors Band the best of luck next week. I am so honored that they chose to play my piece. This makes me so happy.

Hidden Planet - Los Alamos Middle School Bands 03/18/2021

Hidden Planet - Los Alamos Middle School Bands

Los Álamos Middle School Band playing a virtual performane of my composition The Hidden Planet. Great Job!

https://youtu.be/QquQruNJbVI

Hidden Planet - Los Alamos Middle School Bands LAMS Band students collaborated in May 2020 to bring you this virtual performance.Hidden Planet by Jorge VargasFLUTESAnna MillerJoymei LincolnLuke FavoriteMi...

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