Wishing Well expertly weaves layers of melodies and polyrhythms that gives such a full sound that you'll forget that is was written for a small ensemble. This piece was written for 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, and 2 trombones for bands that have a smaller ensemble but still want something fresh. Full big bands can double parts and play this without hesitation.
Archways is a tasty reggae piece with soothing harmonies and a melody that you'll be humming throughout the day. The solos have approachable chord changes for improvisation but also include written solos.
Add variety and contrast to your holiday program with this modern take on O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. It takes the listener on a reflective journey that culminates with a swinging shout chorus before returning to its reflective recapitulation.
The "Switched On Pop" podcast investigated if a certain melodic motif was part of an alt-rock conspiracy for indie groups to get more radio play. Alt + ~ uses that same motif in an alt-rock power ballad to see if it translates to more copies sold to band directors. Buy yours now to find out.
Above It All is a driving rock with lots of twists and turns. There are written solos and chord changes for tenor saxophone, trumpet, and guitar. The lead trumpet part includes optional higher notes for an advanced player.
IN CASE OF DANCE EMERGENCY...Break Glass! The groove on this chart is sure to bring your audience to their feet to start dancing. The audience and band members alike will be singing this melody long after the performance.
Chakanaka Chakanaka is inspired by mbira music of the Shona people in Zimbabwe. The music has a way of blurring the lines between a 6/8 feel and a 3/4 feel and mixing melodies together to create a tapestry of sound. The title comes from a Shona proverb that translates to "what's good is good." If you have multiple percussionists or a second guitar player in your band, this is a chart that allows them to all get involved.
This modern Latin chart gives you the opportunity to feature your star player. The piece was inspired by the composer's move to the inland Northwest as well as the music of Gerry Mulligan. Although the featured part was initially intended for bari sax, the featured part is transposed for the different instruments in your band and includes a written solo as well as chord changes.
Inspired by the composer's 3-year-old son, Doron Dance is full of energy and excitement. The math-rock feel at the beginning supports a seemingly simple, childlike melody before disolving into a heavy half-time rock feel. The trombone section is featured with a plunger-heavy soli. The improvised solo section uses minimal chord changes so that early imporvisors are not overwhelmed and advanced improvisors have lots of room to develope their ideas. Your band will love working on this high-impact piece.
Grab the attention of your audience at every turn of this up-tempo modern swing chart. Anvil Crawler is the third part of the Beauty of the Rain suite and features piano, trumpet, and an open drum solo at the end. From the dynamic contrast to the rocking rhythms to the serpentine melodies, this piece is exciting from beginning to end.
Fun to play, fun to listen to, and fun to solo over, Liquid Sunshine (part of the Beauty of the Rain suite) is a modern jazz waltz with melodies that float over a rhythmically driving drum-set part. The waltz eventually leads into a half-time rock feel with an infectious melody given to the bass voices. Solo opportunities are there for tenor sax, bass, and trumpet.
Don’t be fooled by its calm beginning, this chart ROCKS! By borrowing techniques from dubstep, Ain’t No Time will give your band a unique and exciting sound that they will love to play. The trombones with plungers provide the characteristic “wub” and the band will collectively “drop the bass” to the audience’s delight. The solo is written in the bari sax part, but can easily be transferred to whichever soloist that can rock the hardest.