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Charts

To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, our charts are divided into several series based on Grade Levels of difficulty and Styles. Select one of the series titles to view the list of charts.

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First Chorus (Grades 1-2)

(Grade Level 1-2) As the name implies, this series contains music for middle school bands or less mature high school bands. Brass ranges stay on the staff with the maximum trumpet range to written G and the lowest trombone parts written to low F. The lead trombone parts reach as high as an F. Each soloist’s part contains a written solo as well as chord symbols. Improvisation is always encouraged, but there is a musical line that can be played as well. There are no doubles for the saxes, but extra woodwind (or brass or percussion) parts may be requested to meet your ensemble’s instrumentation.

All bass and piano parts are written out and include chord symbols, and the drum parts are notated enough to demonstrate the desired rhythmic feels and appropriate ensemble figures. Guitar parts contain written notes as well as rhythmic slashes for comping.

Straight Ahead (Grades 3-4)

(Grade Level 3-4) This series contains the more mainstream kinds of charts appropriate for the average to advanced high school ensemble or even a younger college ensemble. Brass ranges move above the treble clef to written C-D for the lead trumpet and down to pedal Bb for the bass trombone. Lead trombone parts usually go up to F or so. The musical language is more sophisticated, the parts more technically challenging, but still very playable. There are no written solos, just chord changes, but the changes are quite playable and the tempos quite manageable so that students can be successful as they learn more about improvising. There are no doubles for the saxes.

Rhythm parts contain some written notes but contain mostly slashes and chord symbols. Drum parts have the necessary rhythmic patterns and ensemble figures.

Salsafied! (Grades 3-4)

(Grade Level 3-4) This series contains all the latin charts and includes a wide range of tempos and challenges. Cumbias, Merengues, salsa, latin rock – all kinds of fun to get into. All the technical paramters of the “Straight Ahead: Series apply to “Salsafied” as well.

Spotlight (Grades 4-5)

This series of charts lets your talented soloists shine with a variety of ballads, straight eighth, and up tempo tunes in the Grade 4-5 range. Currently, we have charts for trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, and drums, and we’ll be adding to the list over time to include all instruments over more grade levels.

Extensions (Grades 5-6)

(Grade Level 5-6) For the college ensembles or very advanced high school groups, this series means just what it says – extended in every way. Extended tempos, fast and slow. Extended ranges for the brass, up to written DOUBLE G for the lead trumpet. Numerous woodwind doubles for the saxes including soprano saxes, flutes, clarinets, and bass clarinets. Perhaps most importantly, the musical language is extended into the realm of sophisticated concert music recalling the works of Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider. Dynamics and ensemble balance play critical roles and multiple time signatures are not uncommon, sometimes even in the solo sections. Orchestral colors and textures are used. This is wonderful and very challenging music, and we’re proud to include it in our catalog.

Mike Vax

Marching Band

Welcome to our new Marching Band Series of charts. This series contains stand tunes and field tunes, some of which are based on our jazz band charts located elsewhere on the website. Optional or alternate parts are available if your ensemble needs them. We will work with you to provide whatever is necessary for the success of your group.

Feel free to contact us with any requests or suggestions for new titles. If you hear something in one of our other jazz series that you think would be good for your marching group, let us know and we’ll get to work on it.