Salute to the Gateway is a concert band piece written in a march style. It was designed to help students in their 1st and 2nd year of playing learn the basics of ensemble playing. Because the most of the parts are within the range of the concert B flat scale, concepts such as balance, blend and the use of dynamics can easily be taught to your beginners without spending all of your time fixing notes. This also provides a perfect opportunity to reinforce playing fundamentals such and proper breathing techniques and posture. All of the parts are included and feel free to make as many copies for your students as needed. A recording is also included for you to use as a teaching aide or for your students to play along with at home. My students had lots of fun playing Salute to the Gateway. It worked as a nice opening piece but could be used at any part of your program.