Runyan's Harmonica Wizardry


NEW FOR YOUTH CONCERTS (currently being composed)...
Lentil: The Boy Whose Harmonica Saved the Day (Dur: ca. 15′)

A tale for narrator, solo harmonica and audience participation, based on the classic Robert McCloskey children's book.

Bugler's Holiday (Dur: 3′)

With some fancy switching of six harmonicas, Mike plays all three trumpet parts of this Leroy Anderson showpiece.

Clair de lune (Dur: 5′)

Sensitive and beautiful, as if Debussy meant to write it for the harmonica.

A Cowboy Harmonica Christmas (Dur: 3′ or 5′)

A fun and dazzling Country-style medley of "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Up on the Housetop" and "Have a Holly-jolly Christmas." The longer version adds "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays." Can be staged with dancing cowgirls or done alone with Mike's costume and props.

Don't Fence Me In (Dur: 3′)

A light, mid-tempo "mosey" when one is needed.

"Galop" from The Comedians (Dur: 3′)

A comedic gallop indeed, with juggling balls, hats and harmonicas.

Gershwin's Prelude No. 2 (Dur: 3′)

Sensuous and bluesy.

Home on the Range (Dur: 3′)

From simple to symphonic, this Richard Hayman arrangement fits any outdoor summer concert.

Moon River (Dur: 3′)

Mancini's classic favorite, available in the original version with chorus and as a solo harmonica feature.

My Favorite Things / Count Your Blessings (Dur: 3′)

An endearing intertwining of two favorites, perfect for holiday and movie-theme concerts.

Once Upon a Time in the West (Dur: 9′)

A medley of poignant tunes from the epic Leone/Morricone cinema masterpiece. Can be even more dramatic by Mike walking to the stage in spotlight playing a haunting prelude.

Over There! - A Medley of Songs from World War I (Dur: 5′)

A fun , flashy, flag-waving medley that includes: "Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag," Keep the Home Fires Burning," "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary," and "Over There."

Pops Hoe-Down (Dur: 4′ or 6′)

With harmonicas and percussion toys flying out of hat, vest, and holster, this Richard Hayman fiddle-tune classic will never be the same.

Ruby (Dur: 3′)

Richard Hayman's 1953 harmonica hit with lush orchestration.

Theme from Schindler's List (Dur: 4′)

Introspective, then passionate. Originally for solo violin.

Shenandoah (Dur: 4′)

Harmonica meets The Moldau.

The Stars and Stripes Forever (Dur: 4′)

Mike joins this march, appropriately attired, in time to steal the piccolo solo.

Yellow Rose of Texas (Dur: 3′)

Whoops and Stetsons fill the air by the time this classic Richard Hayman arrangement comes to its rousing finish.

Plus more----please inquire