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Timothy Loest is a name in music synonymous with creativity, versatility, and accessibility. His compositions and arrangements for young band are performed worldwide and his pedagogical methods and conducting appearances continue to impact performers and audiences at the state and national levels.

In 2017, his work Cloud Gate (Reflections of a City) was performed for more than 5,000 spectators at Chicago’s Millennium Park. That same year, he received the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s highest honor – the Cloyd Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education.

Mr. Loest had his first work published in 1995 and has written exclusively for The FJH Music Company Inc. He co-authored Measures of Success®: A Comprehensive Musicianship Band Method, and is lead author of Warm-ups and Beyond, Rhythms and Beyond, and Chorales and Beyond.

Mr. Loest received his Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors from Illinois State University and his Master of Music Education degree with program honors from Northwestern University. He holds membership in ASCAP, the Illinois Grade School Music Association, and Christian Educators Association International. He served his entire career as band director at F.E. Peacock Middle School in Itasca, Illinois, and resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife Cindy and two sons.

Explore Publications by Timothy Loest

Dedicatum Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1134 
Stone Age Stomp Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1151 
Calypso Carnival Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1152 
Drums on the Housetop Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1159 
Galactic Conflict Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1181 
Adventure Overture Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1190 
Court of the Noble Trumpeteers Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1198 
Slideways Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1223 
Jolly Alto Saxophones Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1228 
Chorale and Mystic Chant Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1236 
Night Flight of the Gargoyles Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1248 
O Tannenbones (Trombone Feature)Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1251 
Family Fugue Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1263 
American Folk Song Portrait Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1266 
Aruba Tuba Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1290 
Friends of Freedom (Concert March)Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1293 
To Sail Beyond the Stars Concert BandFJH Concert Band3B1307 
Antiphonal Celebration Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1310 
Trash Cancerto (An Uncanny Work in a Classical Style)Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1317 
Ten Masters in Two Minutes Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1328 
At the River Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1334 
Quest of the Black Knight Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1344 
Canterbury Christmas, A Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1351 
Cowboy Cattle Drive Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1361 
Battle of the Samurai Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1364 
Cloud Gate (Reflections of a City)Concert BandFJH Young Band2.5B1377 
Traffic Jam Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1380 
Fiesta Española Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1387 
Count Rockula Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1393 
Pirates of the Barbary Coast Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1399 
Gentle Winds Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1409 
Hallelujah Chorus Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1415 
Attack of the Garden Gnomes Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1427 
Fantasy on an Old English Melody Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1431 
Tango Bells (Tango All the Way!)Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1444 
Casey's Last Run Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1447 
Stone Serpent Mound Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1458 
Song of the Blacksmith, The Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1463 
March of the Champions Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1464 
Diary of a Grumpy Elf Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1482 
Twist and Stomp! Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1502 
Pictures at an Exhibition Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1512 
Spyscape Concert BandFJH Concert Band3B1523 
Sousa's Cadets Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1526 
Wobbly Unicycle, The Concert BandFJH Developing Band2B1541 
Lullaby for Winds Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1545 
Sea Shanty Variations Concert BandMOS Performance Series0.5B1560 
Ghost Lights Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1569 
Klezmer Clarinets Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1583 
Color Jam Concert BandFJH Young Band2.5B1597 
Syncopated Serenade Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1603 
Machu Picchu Concert BandMOS Performance Series0.5B1604 
Big Mambo, The Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1621 
Ready to Rock Concert BandMOS Performance Series0.5 - 1B1623 
When Robots Rule the World Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1634 
Starry Night Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1650 
Santaland Jam Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1655 
Teleportation Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1656 
Mad Dash (Galop)Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1657 
Ten Marches in Two Minutes Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1677 
Bossa Brazil Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1707 
Greatest Gift, The Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1713 
Voyage of the Dragon Armada Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1717 
Letter to Santa, A Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1 - 1.5B1724 
If It Ain’t Baroque... Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1731 
Band on the Housetop Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1746 
Land of Enchantment Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1751 
Golden Thirteen, The Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1762 
Algo-Rhythms Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1765 
Abandoned Toy Shop Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1771 
Off-Kilter Concert BandFJH Developing Band1.5B1777 
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (on a poem by William Wordsworth)Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1796
Spooky Mansion Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1804
High Impact Concert BandFJH Young Band2B1805
Fair Shake (Rock 'n' Roll Tambourine Feature)Concert BandFJH Beginning Band1B1810
Voyage of the Dragon Armada Adaptable Concert BandThe Reimagine Initiative0.5B1833
Chorale and Mystic Chant Adaptable Concert BandThe Reimagine Initiative1B1841
Deimos (Bringer of Terror)Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1845
Woodpecker Convention (Wood Block Feature)Concert BandFJH Starter Series0.5B1855
Once Upon a Blues Jazz EnsembleHXmusic1.5HX9013
If It Ain’t Baroque... String OrchestraFJH Beginning Strings1ST6466 
Strings on the Housetop String OrchestraFJH Beginning Strings1ST6478 
Rhythms and Beyond AnySupplemental Materials BB207 
Warm-ups and Beyond Concert BandSupplemental Materials BB203 
Chorales and Beyond Concert BandSupplemental Materials BB211 
Measures of Success for Band Book 1Concert BandMethod Books BB208 
Measures of Success for Band Book 2Concert BandMethod Books BB210