GRADE 1 - 2
Fury of the Storm is a great piece to challenge and introduce beginning band musicians to music with multiple elements occurring simultaneously. The piece consists of mainly two themes that are performed at separate points of the piece, and eventually come together in the final measures.
One element to focus on is to make sure the main theme is played legato, while the backgrounds are played staccato. It is very easy for beginning musicians to fall into the trap of matching the sound they hear.
While most of the piece has a loud accented feel, the middle contrasting section starting at measure 29, will give your ensemble opportunity to work on dynamic control and contrast, as well as playing legato as a whole.