Textpattern

Search Site

RSS / Atom

First Chorus (Grades 1-2)     Straight Ahead (Grades 3-4)     Salsafied! (Grades 3-4)
Spotlight (Grades 4-5)     Extensions (Grades 5-6)     Mike Vax     Marching Band    Combos

---

SPOTLIGHT (Grades 2-5)

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.

---

Blue Serenade

Grade 3      Ballad      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$50     


excerpt      
full version  

This ballad features the lead trumpet and harkens back to the big band era sounds of Glenn Miller and Harry James, along the lines of Miller’s “Serenade in Blue”. In addition to written melodic solos for lead trumpet, there’s an improvised solo for tenor sax. Winding through two key modulations, each distinct section is presented in its best register. Trumpet range is to written high D. Trombone range is to Gb.

---

Ebony Rain - Alto Sax

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

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.

---

Ebony Rain - Tenor Sax

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

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.

---

Ebony Rain - Trombone

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

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.

---

Ebony Rain - Trumpet

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

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.

---

El Viento Caliente

Grade 4-5      Samba      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$55     


excerpt      
full version  

Recently recorded by Mike Vax and the Stan Kenton Alumni Orchestra!

The hot wind – that’s what’s blowing across the stage with this chart. Featuring your trumpet soloist and/or lead player, this samba is available in two formats: Feature solo and improv solo on Trpt 5 OR Feature solo and improv solo on Trpt 5 with lead parts on Trpt 1 OR Separate “guest soloist” part with improv and lead parts. There is a configuration that will fit any ensemble. Trumpet range for the section lead part is written B. Trumpet range for solo part is written G on top of the staff with the option of going up an octave as is heard in the demo mp3.

---

Full Circle

Grade 4      Contemporary      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$55     


excerpt      
full version  

This is a beautifully melodic and dramatic tenor sax feature at a medium straight eighth tempo. The ensemble intertwines itself around the soloist with contrapuntal backgrounds and extended harmonies while the soloist gets to stretch out on long chord changes giving him lots of room to shine without the pressure of having to catch a new change every other beat.

---

Goes To Eleven

Grade 5      Swing      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$55     


excerpt      
full version  

The title says it all. This chart takes energy and intensity to the next level with a fast swing tempo, pedal point chord changes, and plenty of power brass section writing. Drums are featured throughout the chart, including a 32 bar solo section punctuated by the ensemble. Solos for alto sax and trumpet, too. Trumpet range to written high D.

---

Quiet Time

Grade 4      Ballad      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$55     


excerpt      
full version  

A soulful melodic feature for the Baritone Saxophonist in your band. Originally written for and recorded by the Dallas Jazz Orchestra on their album/cd Morning Glory. After a brief intro by the brass choir, the baritone sax enters with the melody, accompanied by bass and light cymbals. The ensemble enters gradually in support of the soloist and then takes over at the bridge with a lovely flugelhorn (optional) melody of its own before the baritone returns to finish out the form of the tune. Piano and guitar set up a growing pyramid of brass entrances which build to a big send off for the samba-tempo solo section. The baritone is joined by a trumpet soloist at the bridge and both intertwine through the second half of the solo section until the full ensemble returns in bravura fashion in the original ballad tempo. The baritone soloist then picks up the last phrase of the melody and the chart is closed with a brief trombone choir back to the tonic. Trumpet range is to written High E.

---

Radiant Morning - Alto Sax feature

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


excerpt      
full version  

A lush full ensemble introduction leads into a beautiful alto sax feature ballad. The sax section takes over for the bridge before returning to the full ensemble for the last A section. A brief transition moves the tempo up to a medium swing for the alto sax’s improvised solo (easy accessible changes) before returning to the original ballad tempo to restate the final A section of the melody. Two brief cadenzas lead to an ensemble coda that supports the soloist to the end of the chart. Ensemble trumpet range to a brief written high C.

---

Radiant Morning - Tenor Sax feature

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


excerpt      
full version  

A lush full ensemble introduction leads into a beautiful tenor sax feature ballad. The sax section takes over for the bridge before returning to the full ensemble for the last A section. A brief transition moves the tempo up to a medium swing for the tenor’s improvised solo (easy accessible changes) before returning to the original ballad tempo to restate the final A section of the melody. Two brief cadenzas lead to an ensemble coda that supports the soloist to the end of the chart. Ensemble trumpet range to a brief written high C.

---

Radiant Morning - Trumpet feature

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


excerpt      
full version  

A lush full ensemble introduction leads into a beautiful trumpet (or flugelhorn) feature ballad. The sax section takes over for the bridge before returning to the full ensemble for the last A section. A brief transition moves the tempo up to a medium swing for the trumpet’s improvised solo (easy accessible changes) before returning to the original ballad tempo to restate the final A section of the melody. Two brief cadenzas lead to an ensemble coda that supports the soloist to the end of the chart. Ensemble trumpet range to a brief written high C.

---

The Chanteuse

Grade 4      Ballad      Composer:Paul Baker      Price:$55     


excerpt      
full version  

A beautiful Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges styled alto sax feature starting as a sultry ballad introduced by a harmon trumpet solo. The alto then enters to sing its siren song before moving into an Ellingtonion “small band” soli from which the alto solo emerges. Modulating back to the original ballad tempo with a soaring ensemble climax, the alto leaves us with two brief cadenzas before the ensemble escorts us home. Trumpet range is to written high D.

---

White Silk - Alto Sax Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

A Beautiful melodic feature ballad for alto sax. The soloist is backed by full accompaniment and counterpoint that wraps around and through the melody as the title suggests. A written solo is provided for the soloist, along with written cadenzas as well. Trumpet range to written G on top of staff.

---

White Silk - Trumpet Feature

Grade 2      Ballad      Composer:Skiles/Arr. Baker      Price:$45     


excerpt      
full version  

A Beautiful melodic feature ballad for trumpet. Backed by full accompaniment featuring counterpoint that wraps around and through the melody as the title suggests. A written solo is provided for the soloist, along with written cadenzas as well. Ensemble Trumpet range to written G on top of staff.

---