Summer Concert Programmes

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by cherrybassett, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. cherrybassett

    cherrybassett Member

    Summer is fast approaching and the constant rounds of summer concerts will be upon us. What will you be playing on your concerts?

    We need fresh ideas before we start playing what we have played for the last couple of years.
  2. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    I always ask the band for ideas and have a look what new music is available. I have also bought some 2nd hand music off ebay and from a guy at jpbrass who sells stuff for a fiver a time!;)
  3. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I think there are alot of bands that might GIVE you Variations for Brass Band or Tam O'Shanter for FREE ;)
  4. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    we've been looking at cartoon classics, an andrew duncan arrangement, with greenalls. probably one of the hardest pieces we'll play. we're also probably gonna do king louis' song from the jungle book, good bass trom solo.

    can i advise against arrangements of recent pop stuff? things like "eternal flame" (yes okay the bangles version wasnt recent but it has been redone), "millenium" and so on - the ranges are a bit hard considering how boring the piece ends up sounding. in the case of millenium, the euphs begin the descant part on a top b, and later it modulates giving us a lovely top c start - or was it c sharp? i wasn't exactly keen to remember it ;)
    so yeah, i'm not impressed with a lot of new pop stuff - maybe it takes top section bands to really bring out the musicality there.

    moan over.
    yknow it seems to me that bands in the same area tend to play the same kind of stuff - maybe you should just swap with someone in a different region? ;)

    i'll post again when i know more about our program music. unless my md decides i'm giving away too much :)
  5. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Have you looked for new, fresh ideas HERE

  6. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    I agree with not using new pop arrangements as they are usually not very good. However, one in particular springs to mind and that is "Amarillo". It's a track that has matured over time and would now appeal to a wide spectrum of audience. There must be a good arrangement of it somewhere.
  7. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    A great 'fun' piece that I'd reccommend is Rogers "Do Re Me...." very, very good for a concert item. Will get the audience clapping...
  8. Nigel Hall

    Nigel Hall Supporting Member

    Or HERE

    I'll wholeheartedly agree with that - I've just ordered it!!!!
  9. cherrybassett

    cherrybassett Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions and shortcuts to websites that will give me something to trawl through this weekend.
  10. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    We've just started rehearsing a couple of good pieces:

    Serenata - Leroy Anderson arr. Freeh. Belting piece, but tricky in places if its played up to the correct tempo marking ;)

    Take Five - arr Sykes (Steve not Eric..) Decent arragement of the Dave Brubeck piece. 5/4 is great for confusing bass players...

    Caravan - Duke Ellington arr Feeh (again?) We played it once - made a real mess of it and its never been seen since :oops: but I've heard it played properly and its great...:biggrin:
  11. Robin Norman

    Robin Norman Member

    Or you could try

    Warner also have some great new arrangements coming out (Mary Poppins, The Typewriter, De-Lovely etc.). All should be playable by 3rd section plus with the aid of easier 'ossias' and optional cuts. The 2005 demo should be available now or pm me your address and I'll pop one in the post.
  12. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    And please have a look here. Many of our pieces were composed or arranged for 3rd/4th section bands and all have been tested by bands to (hopefully) eliminate mistakes. You can view and hear scores on the website prior to ordering to assess their suitability for your band.


  13. alanl58

    alanl58 Member

    Sorry Straightmute, the Scorch data does not want to load properly from The Dragon Music website...

  14. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    It works for me - are you using the latest version of Scorch?

  15. lister89

    lister89 Member

    Look at I'm sure you would find something good and original on there
  16. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Great minds hey - we've got Caravan out and have just ordered Serenata - heard it on the most recent Warner/IMP CD sampler. Also we've ordered Queen Rules and Parade of the Charioteers (Ben Hur film music). Take Five is also a great piece but even more confusing for the basses is Dave Brubeck's Unsquare dance (7/4)
  17. ju33les

    ju33les Member

    ....or you could have a look at for some popular arrangements.

    have to agree about Roger's Do-Re-Mi too ;)

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