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SALSAFIED! (Grades 3-5)

(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.

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Camisa Negra

Grade 3      Latin/Rock      Composer:Dan Torosian      Price:$45     


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Beginning with a funky bass riff, this Latin Soul groove features the alto sax with the melody and solo choruses. A trombone solo comes next and leads into an 8 bar drum/percussion break, ideal for featuring additional percussion if desired. The ensemble then begins building layer by layer as the intensity rises to the final punch chords. Trumpet range to written high Bb.

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El Gato Chulo

Grade 3      Samba      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$45     


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This cool (but high energy) cat is full of attitude and strut. A montuna section later in the chart features the bari/bass trombone trading four’s with the drums. They’re both then joined by a sax soli before a return to the bridge and final chorus. Solos for tenor, trumpet, and drums. Trumpet range is to written A above the staff.

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Kilo Por Kilo

Grade 3      Samba      Composer:Skiles/Arr:Baker      Price:$45     


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Viva Merengue! Si! Join the fiesta with this fun chart. Featured soloists include tenor sax, drums, and trombone, and more can join the party. Additional percussionists are encouraged, too. Simple chord changes make this a good chart for beginning improvisers Trumpet range is to written high C.

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Mi General

Grade 3      Latin      Composer:Skiles/Arr:Baker      Price:$45     


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Opening with a definitive call to arms, the general is on the march. Lots of unison ensemble and section work builds confidence in your troops while easy chord changes make it easier on your beginning soloists and provide a base from which to launch your more experienced players. Trumpet range is to written high C.

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Not Your Momma's Samba

Grade 4      Samba      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$50     


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The full ensemble gets us off to a high energy start and then the alto sax and trumpet take over to present the melody of this smooth uptempo samba. The trombone section jumps in for the bridge before the trumpets make their majestic return to finish out the form. A 16 bar montuna builds in layers to send off the alto sax soloist who is followed by a trombone soloist and leads us into the entire trombone section trading fours with the drums/percussion. The trumpets join in for two more passages before the saxes take over with their section soli. The trumpets return with the final statement of the melody and lead to the big finish. Trumpet range to written High C, optional brief high Db.

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Ojo del Huracan

Grade 3      Salsa      Composer:Skiles/Arr:Baker      Price:$45     


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Mas Cumbia! Like its namesake, “Eye of the Hurricane” starts with a raucous cumbia and then moves into a calmer melodic section before returning to the churning winds of the outer bands. Alto sax and trumpet are featured along with the rhythm section. Trumpet range is to written high C.

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Palacio

Grade 3      Latin      Composer:Skiles/Arr:Baker      Price:$45     


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Play the Palace where Latin Rock is the house rule, starting with the piano montuna figure of the intro. Lots of unison work for the sections as well as solos for trumpet, alto, trombone, and tenor. The piano and bass also get into the act with a featured line for themselves before the piano launches into its own solo. Trumpet range is to written high B.

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Papacito

Grade 4-5      Samba      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$50     


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From the imagination of Robert “Beto” Skiles, this chart shows off the stylistic spectrum and musicianship of your band. Opening with a piano/gtr montuna riff that is quickly picked up by the horns, we’re soon presented with a lively melody and contrapuntal backgrounds. Naturally, this leads to – an acapella chorale. Returning, then, to the montuna riff, the brass builds up in polyrhythmic layers to launch a hot trombone solo, followed by alto sax and guitar or piano (or both). Naturally, this leads to – a modal development section, which is followed by a restatement of the melody and shout chorus. Naturally, this leads to – our polyrhythmic montuna riff and the high energy finish. While the parts are not technically demanding, some assembly and much rhythmic precision is required, but the results are definitely worth it! Trumpet range is to written high D.

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Samba Nova

Grade 3      Samba      Composer:Torosian/Arr. Baker      Price:$50     


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A breezy samba melody suited for a beach in Rio while melodic counterpoint plays in the sand. Following a funky half time interlude the trumpet takes the first solo, followed by the tenor sax (or piano or guitar). Both solos can be played using only a concert Bb major scale. Following the solos, the drums (or optional congas) trade phrases with the ensemble before moving on to a sax soli and shout section. Trumpet range is to written B natural.

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Sambalais

Grade 3      Samba      Composer:Skiles/ Arr: Baker      Price:$45     


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Possibly the most “feel good” tune you’ll ever play. This smooth samba tune features contrapuntal interplay between and across the sections while still providing ample solo space for trumpet and alto sax. In between those soloists is the drum/aux. percussion feature section where the ensemble provides its own stop time rhythmic counterpoint. After the alto solo, the ensemble builds through a harmonic progression before arriving at the shout section and montuna ending. Trumpet range is to written A with a high D stinger on the final note.

This tune is also available for marching band. Please click here for more information.

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Senor Frio

Grade 3      Latin      Composer:Skiles/Arr:Baker      Price:$45     


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“Mr. Cool” was literally composed while Robert was sitting in a meat locker – or so he tells me. You’ll have to ask him. The beginning bass line, enhanced with bari and bass trombone, sets the rockin’ tone for this chart – attitude all the way. Solos all around for trumpet, alto and tenor sax, and trombone. The sax section gets some work, too. If you can’t dance to this one……….Trumpet range is to written high Bb with optional high B and high D in the part.

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Todo Que Eres

Grade 4      Salsa      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$50     


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Based on the chord progression of the standard tune All The Things You Are, this chart turns it upside down with a challenging salsa treatment. Notable in the chart is the trumpet soli – yes, you read that correctly. Make the folks on the back row work for a change, along with alto and piano solos. Trumpet range is to written high C.

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Xel-Ha

Grade 3      Samba      Composer:Skiles/Baker      Price:$45     


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A high energy samba that opens with a piano riff that sets up the groove and alto/trpt melody. After a trumpet section fanfare interlude, the saxes move into the B section. The trombones restate the piano riff to set up the improvised alto sax solo. The pianist returns to the spotlight with a 16 bar montuna that leads into a modulation that launches the shout section. One last return to the intro riff builds to an exciting ensemble unison climax. Trumpet range is to written high D (once), high C (once), otherwise, high Bb. Trombone to F.

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