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These big band arrangements of originals are written for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (one being a bass trombone), piano, bass and drums. A guitar part is included as an extra for most of them. A few also include extra percussion parts. You might find this useful. Please note that music on this page is more basic than on the other pages. For more advanced (and hopefully more interesting) pieces go to the next pages. The most recent pieces are on the last page.
All this music is is free...but a donation to a charity, such as Red Cross/Red Crescent or UNICEF would be appreciated.   Click on Download and then left click on the one you want on the new page.    Scroll down and click on Save linked content as...Alternatively you can print them straight off.   Please let me know if there are any problems with the written music, eg. strange chord symbols, and I will do something about it.   To refresh the page, click on the yellow Scored Changes logo or press ctrl+F5. Please note that the full score is not included in the pdf files for any of the tunes. If anyone has a better recording of any of the arrangements, sent it to me (mp3 file) and I will include it with credits and publicity for your band.

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Winter Sunshine    321KB    (pdf file size)  download

A trumpet feature. This is a live recording of the tune, played by Ian Hamer and the Sussex Jazz Orchestra. Click on these words to find out more.

And here is the tune played by the Helsingborg Big Band from Sweden, played in the church at Lerberget. The flugelhorn player is Johan Gyllström and pianist is Torbjörn Brorsson.

Favelas  949KB    download

A medium Latin number with long solos for piano and trumpet.

Slapstick   912KB    download

An alto or tenor feature plus bass solo.

Chipper Flipper    944KB    download

Fairly tricky ensemble passage. Straight 8's and swing feel. Alto and trumpet solos.   Listen to the whole arrangement on youtube here

When all's been said and done    407KB    download

This is a live performance by the Straight No Chaser big band, featuring Graham Snell on tenor.

Branching out    901KB    download

This chart has a groove feel with solos for any of the horn players. Suggest 2 soloists in all.   Listen to this arrangement on youtube here, about 5.16 minutes from the start.

Ships that pass in the night    912KB       download

Long solos for trombone and tenor or soprano. Contains short free passage which can be omitted.

Choose Whose Blues  510KB   download

This arrangement gives anyone a chance to solo. There are only afew ensemble choruses which are not too difficult but attention needs to be paid to dynamics. The Bb riffs need to be copied 6 times, the Eb ones 3 times and the concert ones 4 times.
The opening trumpet solo can be extended for chase choruses.

Pig in the middle    917KB    download

Needs a bit of rehearsing, as did the band which recorded this!  Solos for tenor, trumpet and bass.

Chocolate Eclair    644KB       download

A funky Latin arrangement with a bit of swing too. First alto feature. Additional parts for flute, maracas and cowbell. Listen to it on youtube here

Ouagadougou    624KB    download

Not too difficult an arrangement with tenor, trombone and bass solos. Extra flute part which could be played by the second tenor. Listen to the whole arrangement on youtube here.

El Toro, Berto    660KB   download

Also known as - O Tauro, Berto - this tune is named after a drummer friend of mine. Samba, with solos for piano or guitar, and tenor with lots of space for the drummer. Additional flute part included.

The Wrong Song    732KB       download

Reflective sort of piece with long trumpet solo and lots of broken-up passages for the rhythm secion.

Celebration Day   512KB    download

Funky number with African overtones featuring solos for tenor and trombone (or harmonica). The arrangement differs slightly from the sound bite. Hear the whole arrangement, slightly modified     here.

Thanks to Julie   512KB    download

Funky number.Listen to it on youtube here

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