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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.

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3am

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$45     


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In the tradition of Neal Hefti’s classic “L’il Darlin’”, 3am is a warm tutti ensemble ballad in the swing style that opens with a brief written solo for piano and features improvised solos for muted trumpet and tenor sax. Written solos are provided as well. Trumpet range is to written top space E in the staff. Flugelhorns are optional.

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88 Ave. B

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Dan Torosian      Price:$40     


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Easy Basie style swinger that features the piano throughout the chart. Numerous written solos and fills provided for piano as well as written solos for trumpet and trombone. Each section has their chance to shine in this full ensemble sound. Trumpet range to written high G.

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Basie's Beat

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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In the Basie/Nestico tradition, this fun swing chart shows off an ensemble’s dynamic range as well as the use of cup mutes in the trumpet section. Solos for trumpet and tenor sax. A striking feature of this chart is its pianissimo “shout” chorus which builds through 16 bars to a sax soli bridge and then returns to the main theme to finish out the chart with the traditional Basie piano ending. Trumpet range to written G, and there are several of them.

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Bossa Braziliana

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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A smooth bossa nova based on the chord changes to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s most famous tune about a certain young lady who goes walking on the beach. Solos for alto sax and trumpet. Trumpet range is to written F#.

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Choose the Blues

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Matt Morey      Price:$45     


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A great chart for beginning bands – medium tempo 12 bar blues with written solos for all players. Trumpet range to written top space E in the staff.

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Ebony Rain - Alto Sax Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$40     


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A perfect “My First Solo Feature” chart, this rock ballad opens with lush ensemble harmonies before the soloist enters with the hauntingly beautiful melody. The ensemble soon wraps itself in warm supportive colors before launching the soloist into the short improvisational section. A written solo is provided, along with the chord changes. After a brief return to the melody, the chart moves on to the Coda section where there is space for a brief solo cadenza – a written one is provided – before the final resolution chord. Trumpet range is to a written G. Flugelhorns are preferred, but trumpets are fine, too.

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Ebony Rain - Tenor Sax Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$40     


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This is essentially the same chart as the Alto Sax Feature, however some of the parts have been rearranged slightly to accommodate the change in soloists. For this version, the melody, solo, and solo cadenza have been lowered an octave to better fit the range of the instrument.

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Ebony Rain - Trombone Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:     


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This is essentially the same chart as the Alto Sax Feature, however some of the parts have been rearranged slightly to accommodate the change in soloists. For this version, the melody, solo, and solo cadenza have been lowered an octave to better fit the range of the instrument.

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Ebony Rain - Trumpet Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$40     


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This is essentially the same chart as the Alto Sax Feature, however some of the parts have been rearranged slightly to accommodate the change in soloists.

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Flow Chart

Grade 2      Rock      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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This chart sets the tone from the first measure with a cool fusion groove in the rhythm and trombones – cool bari part, too. The feel changes back and forth throughout the chart from fusion to half time rock to a driving 4/4 rock and back again – a great showcase for the rhythm section! The drummer has several opportunities for two bar fills. Dynamic contrast plays a major role for the entire ensemble as it shapes the melody and background figures. Written solos are provided for tenor sax and trumpet, along with chord changes. Trumpet range is to written G, trombone range is F.

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Hey That's Mine!

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Based on the chord changes for “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, this chart is a straight ahead swinger that features every section in the ensemble. Written solos are provided for tenor sax and trumpet. The shout chorus features two solo breaks for the bass (written solos provided) before the full ensemble kicks in to finish out the chart. Trumpet range is to written G, trombone range is to F.

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Lake Geneva Dawn

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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A smooth bossa nova featuring the ensemble in a rich harmonic landscape and interesting countermelodies. Solos for trombone and piano or guitar. Trumpet range is to written F#.

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Not So Fast

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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This chart takes it easy on the tempo, but it still swings hard. Harkening back to the era of Quincy Jones’ association with the Count Basie Orchestra, this chart opens with a relaxed piano melody which is soon taken up by the full bodied sax section. A powerful shout chorus follows the trumpet, tenor sax, and alto sax soloists before the piano once again recaps the melody. But, not so fast! The ensemble returns to bring the chart to a strong finish. Trumpet range is written G on top of the staff.

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Roll with the Punches

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Solidly in the Basie/Nestico tradition, this swing chart exemplifies the title’s instructions – stay positive and Roll with the Punches. Written solos are provided for trombone (opt. trpt) and alto sax. Every section gets a chance to shine in the full shout section which leads to the final ending “punch”. Trumpet range is to written G. Trombone range is to written F.

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Samba Azul

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Translated “Blue Samba”, this chart is a take-off on the traditional 12 bar blues changes with a distinctly smooth South American flavor. Solos for alto sax and trumpet.

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Samba de los Estrellas

Grade 2      Samba      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$45     


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An easy samba groove that features a relaxed melody accompanied by melodic counterlines and rhythmic accents. Written solos and chord changes are provided for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone. Each solo can be played using a single major or minor scale so soloists can feel secure. Following the horn solos, the drums trade two bar phrases with the ensemble before the chart returns to the melody. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

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Slightly Ahead of Its Time - Alto Sax Feature

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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A smooth contemporary latin feature for alto sax with a sultry melody and lush accompaniment. A written solo is provided, but the chord changes for the solo fit into the concert Bb scale so improvisation is encouraged. This is just a really fun chart for the soloist, ensemble, and audience alike.

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Slightly Ahead of Its Time - Tenor Sax Feature

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Same as the alto sax feature, but reorchestrated to feature the tenor sax instead.

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Slightly Ahead of Its Time - Trumpet Feature

Grade 2      Latin      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Same as the alto sax feature, but reorchestrated to feature the trumpet instead.

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Steppin' Up

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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In the tradition of Neal Hefti’s classic “L’il Darlin’”, although slightly faster in tempo, Steppin’ Up focuses on one of the fundamental elements of the swing style – how to swing quarter notes to get that cool relaxed style that just feels so right. (Swing quarter notes? – Yes they can!). Lots of section spotlights to highlight each group along with short written (or improvised) solos for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and piano or guitar. Trumpet range is to written F on top of the staff.

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The Mudbug Strut

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Pual Baker      Price:$40     


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A new Orleans street parade comes to life with this chart. A 2nd line snare beat drives the dixie-based ensemble, complete with tailgate trombone. Written solos for trombone, alto sax, plunger trumpet, and bass. Tuba may be substituted for the bass for even more authenticity. An additional clarinet part is included as well. An exchange between the drums and ensemble leads to a roll off that launches the shout section and traditional ending. Trumpet range to written high G. Trombone to F.

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The Road Out West

Grade 2      Rock      Composer:Marcus Wilcher      Price:$40     


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This wonderfully musical chart in the style of Pat Metheny features a light rock/straight 8th groove as a foundation for a beautiful, soulful tune that conjures images of a lonesome road. Inventive harmonies and contrapuntal techniques provide interesting parts for all sections. Written solos are provided for guitar (or vibes, trumpet) and alto sax (or tenor). After the solos, the ensemble builds to a rousing recap of the melody and ending. Trumpet range to written F. Trombone to F.

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The Royal Treatment

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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An elegant swinging tribute to the longtime Basie lead alto player Marshall Royal, “The Royal Treatment” provides ample opportunities to showcase the saxophone section. Written solos are provided for trumpet, alto sax, trombone, and tenor sax. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

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Told You Twice

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$40     


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Reminiscent of the Bill Holman tune “Told You So”, this medium swing tune features some fun interplay between the brass and saxes as well as the occasional stop-time figure. Plenty of attitude going on here. Solo for tenor sax and a shout section for the ensemble. Trumpet range is to written F (optional G on last note).

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What's That?

Grade 2      Swing      Composer:Matt Morey      Price:$45     


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A wonderful introduction to modal jazz for the beginning ensemble. This contemporary sounding chart is based on the chord changes of Miles Davis’ iconic “So What” and offers lots of melodic and counter-melodic material. An easy swing tempo of 138bpm makes this an excellent chart for beginning improvisers, and written solos are provided with chord changes for all players. Trumpet range to written top space E in the staff.

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