ten piece brass or brass band?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Imperial, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. Imperial

    Imperial Member

    I play in a brass ensemble that has slightly more than 10 musicians.
    Usually we play ten piece brass arrangements from "just brass" and "London Brass" for example. Sometimes we healp each others in an ordinary brass quintet with two players on the same part. (we found out that if our french horn player is missing we can replace him by letting a flugel horn and a euphonium share that part, and play the parts that are in the suitable range for respective instrument).

    And sometimes we are also trying to play ordinary brass band arrangements. When think that when we are 12-13 players we could probably cover the most important parts of the arrangements. Probably many people would doubt that. (especially brass band arrangers :) ).
    Is there other bands around that has the same problem: to be in between "ten piece" and brass band? How would you handle the situation?
    Do you guys have any idea of how to best reduce a brass band part into for example twelve parts?
    I heard someone say that if you have 18 musicians you'll have one musician on each part.
    (except from the percussion of course)
  2. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    soprano - solo cornet - repiano - 2nd cornet - 3rd cornet
    flugel - solo horn - 1st horn - 2nd horn - solo baritone - 2nd baritone
    trombone 1 - trombone 2 - bass trombone - euphonium
    Eb bass - Bb bass

    Let's see (neglecting the split parts in cornets/ euphs/ basses), that's 17 parts. I could see dropping the 2nd horn and second baritone (as long as you covered important bits in the other parts - you might have to cover split solo cornets in one of the other parts too)

    So now you're down to 15 players.

    You might be able to cut out one of the basses, once again as long as the other one covers the important bits (an your bass player can wail loud enough to balance the band).

    So now you're down to 14 players...which is already stretching it a bit.

    You'd need to make sure that you play pieces that are heavily scored. Most Marches and Hymn settings would probably still work (also those cheesy tunes like 'Eternal Flame'), but everybody would have to be there and be spot on and you would have to write in the parts key bits that are missing.
  3. highlander

    highlander New Member

    You can try the American SA series. I think that they are playable from nine persons and then there is som opt. parts.
  4. WorldofBrass.com

    WorldofBrass.com Active Member

    Quite correct, thank you;

    Originally conceived for traditional brass band, the American Band Journal is now produced with additional parts in F and C (treble and bass clef).
    With the correct combination of parts, performance is possible with as few as nine players although the music is equally convincing when played by a full complement.

    We stock the more recent American Band Journals although the only one we've got around to listing on the WoB site is the Christmas 2004 volume!
    The Salvation Army USA online shop gives much more information including samples of scores and some soundbites. Try clicking HERE.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2005
  5. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    There's also the SA Triumph Series, which is 14 parts (sop, 1 & 2 cornet, 1 & 2 horn, 1 & 2 baritone, 1 & 2 bone, bass bone, euph, Eb & Bb bass, percussion).