COMPOSITIONS FOR BIG BAND
These are original
compositions of various levels of difficulty. See descriptions.
CORRE CHICA ($50)
This won the NAJE composition award. It has been recorded by a
number of college and university bands. Requires a drummer
with a Jazz-Samba beat. Solos can be assigned.
HAPPY THOUGHTS ($40) – on Happy
Thoughts CD. Big band swing. Requires strong band. Fun to
play. Recorded by St. Francis Xavier U Jazz Ensemble
WISHES ($40). Requires a soprano
sax. Optional soprano or tenor sax solo. The chart has a modal
melody and builds to easily understood climax. A color or mood
KAREN’S SONG ($40) ) – on Happy
Thoughts CD. Trumpet solo - though some school bands have
transposed it for alto sax solo. A rock ballad with a pretty
THEME FOR A LOVE STORY ($40) ) – on
Happy Thoughts CD. Alto sax ballad feature. Lush melody.
Good vehicle for training band to hear lush chords with extensions
TRUMPETS CALIENTE ($40). This
was recorded by the Dick Cully Band. It is a bossa nova that
features four trumpets. Each gets short improv spaces but optional
solos are written out. First trumpet to high C at end.
SAMBA DE ORO ($40) ) – on Happy
Thoughts CD. Jazz-Samba. Soprano sax and trumpet solos.
Others possible. Very happy tune. Performed at Clark Terry Jazz
Camps, by Marvin Stamm in Switzerland and various military bands.
SONG FOR TWO TRUMPETS ($40) ) – on
Happy Thoughts CD. Ballad. Requires two trumpet players who
can play with a pretty tone. First trumpet up to high D.
Frequently performed by the St. Johns River City Band.
BONE AMIS ($40) -
on Happy Thoughts CD. Features trombone section in swinging
romp. Solos can be assigned.
($40) - Swinging Trumpet feature written for Willie Thomas.
Melody constructed of pentatonics in many keys. Recorded by U
of Florida Jazz Ensemble.
EBONY DANCE ($40)
- On Happy Thoughts CD. Clarinet feature in the style of Artie
Shaw or Benny Goodman but with a swinging contemporary big band.
($40) - Very fast and swinging. A run down the street with the
cops chasing you.
AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAXOPHONE QUARTET
were recorded by the Florida Saxophone Quartet (SATB) on Ill Wind.
Each chart is $25.
BEAUTIFUL (Bates & Ward)
FUGUE V from Well
Tempered Clavier (J.S.BACH)
SCALES - (Bill
SONATA IN G MINOR
(1st movement) (Alessandro Scarlatti)
SUITE MODALE, 1st
Movement (Ernest Bloch)
OUR LOVE IS HERE
TO STAY (Gershwin)
(Carmichael & Parrish)
VERY EARLY (Bill
SAIL AWAY (Tom
ILL WIND (Koehler