Christmas Solo's for Band

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Band_Beefcake, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Band_Beefcake

    Band_Beefcake Member

    I know I am very early in asking and don't really want to mention the dreaded 'C' word, though I will.

    I am thinking about Christmas programming and would love to be able to give my soloists within the band something different to play than that they have been doing for years now.

    I am asking for suggestions for solos for any prinicapl player or section.

    All ideas welcomed!!


  2. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Hi James, Blackley have an arrangement of Candlelight Carol that Andrea Price did, its a solo for euphonium. There is also a good bass solo by Mark Freeh, I think its of Rudohlph the Red Nose Reindeer.

  3. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    Frosty the Snowman is a Bass Trombone classic
  4. waynefiler

    waynefiler Member

    Take a listen to 12 days of Christmas that is on Brass band of battle creek's Sleigh Bells and brass cd, also on that cd is Santa Claus is comin to town gor any Bb soloist arr. mark freeh.
  5. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    My old bassmate Steve Butler had to play it on EEb Bass about five times every Christmas for about five years. He hated it and despised it so much he re Christened it "Frosty the ****ing Snowman" ~ Not quite in the festive Christmas spirit, but I could see where he was coming from !

    ~ Mr Wilx
  6. blue juice

    blue juice Member

    There's an arrangement of O Holy Night for soprano cornet by Stephen Bulla that is brilliant, bit different but very effective. Babes in a Manger is a lovely euph duet based on the american version of away in a manger. If you want something different for the whole band try 'An Oompah Christmas' from just music, lots of fun!
  7. its_jon

    its_jon Member

    What solo do you want. in what style and for which instrument ?

    how hard do you want it to be to play
  8. Active Member

    Silent Night (arr. Barrie Gott) has been a favourite trombone solo for a few years now. It allows the soloist licence for 'silky smooth' playing in the upper register, with a 'super F' ending available too!

    Little Lord Jesus is a less well-known solo for soprano cornet and is a fairly simple arrangement of Away in a Manger by Niels Silfverberg.

    I'll post some more suggestions later.
  9. The Silent Stars Go By – Cornet Solo
    The title “The Silent Stars Go By” is the 4[SUP]th[/SUP] line from the very popular carol “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”. Arranged now as a simple cornet solo. Playable by most levels of bands, perfect also for the younger soloist.
    Full score & parts: £17.95
    Direct Link -

  10. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Heh, he's not the only one to have done that. The adjusted words fit the first decoration of the melody (after the key change) perfectly.

    I went so far one year as to arrange the 'Barnacle Bill the Sailor' air varie for band accompaniment as a replacement... We played it, and the audience clapped, but they preferred 'Frosty', and he was back the next year...
  11. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    I fear old Frosty is a fave with the punters and is therefore virtually immortal destined to appear on cheesy Xmas band progs for ever.
    If I ever met Frosty I'd take a blowlamp to him !

    ~ Mr Wilx
  12. Chris Hicks

    Chris Hicks Member

    There's a really beautiful flugel solo, Away in a Manger, well worth playing if you have a decent flugel player.
  13. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    But did you dress up as a snowman?
  14. englishgill

    englishgill Member

    Judith Hayes arranged How Far is it to Bethlehem which, although not a solo, does feature the solo horn at the start .....
  15. If you want to throw in something a little bit more 'weighty', 'Alleluia' from Mozart's Exultate Jubilate is frequently performed at Christmas in choral/orchestral concerts, and makes an effective cornet solo.

    There used to be a popular book '29 cornet solos' which had an arrangement of this at the back, and there is definitely a band arrangement, if i remember correctly it was by Harry Mortimer.
  16. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Didn't HM plagiarise somebody else's arrangement? Douglas Pope?

    Apologies to HM if my knowledge is faulty on this point - I'm sure I was told this by a band conductor when I was a kid.
  17. KernowSop

    KernowSop Member

    O Holy Night is a sop solo on the Soprano Legends CD. Kevin Crockford's playing of the solo raises hairs on the back of your neck.
  18. We did a few decent solos on our Christmas Cd:
    O Holy Night Euph Solo,
    Santa's little helpers trom trio,
    When a child is born trom solo,
    Christmas lullaby horn solo.
    All the above by Darrol Barry. There was also a cornet solo of Away in a Manger (I think) that didn't make the CD.

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