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by kitnachi
(41 posts)
10 years ago

Big Band

My Highschool has more of a big band Jazz band, anybody got any cool sounding favorites a suggestions for future tunes??

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  1. by Spike
    (248 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Big Band

    my hs did RUSH by yoko kano one year.

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    1. by barimachine
      (323 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Big Band

      thats awesome! i wanna play rush or tank so badly

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      1. by Spike
        (248 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Big Band

        or What Planet is This?

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        1. by barimachine
          (323 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Big Band

          ive never found an arangement of that i wish i could and i dont feel like writing it

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      2. by CajunSax
        (76 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Big Band

        not really 'big band' more of a crossover, but some of the older Stevie Wonder is pretty hip. My hs did "Sir Duke" - Sax part is of course fun, but can the t-bone's keep up? The bridge was always tricky for the trumpets too...my sax section was always tight and on top of it...ya dig? Some good suggestions on this thread. I didnt know if anyone mentioned "Take 5" or "A Train" - some classic swingin stuff

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      3. by EL Seano
        (255 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Big Band

        You'd probably like to get some standards first- -TuxedoJunction, Four Brothers, Hay Burner Cottontail Groove Merchant and probably some comtemporary/Latin/etc. stuff Jalapeno Dreams, Layover In San Juan Moondance Hope this helps! EL SEANO

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        1. by kitnachi
          (41 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Big Band

          Our band plays groove merchant and moondance, which are really good songs. So if the other songs are similar in taste it will probably do well with out band, I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up in our library. Plus our band almost has a thing for latin charts.

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      4. by cammes
        (16 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: Big Band

        Bob Curnow is awsome try Minuano the best song. Also The First Cricle a hard tune but my hs band managed to play that and minuano.

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      5. by BOFFER!
        (5 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Big Band

        some very good standarts: In the mood Perdido My little Suede Shoes Walking home with brother Bill Getting on with it

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        1. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Big Band

          Some good suggestions. I'd like to add a couple of my favorites. Sing Sing Sing A-Train Satin Doll String of Pearls

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          1. by EL Seano
            (255 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Big Band

            And I'd like to add some more! September In the Rain The Way You Look Tonight Cherry Juice I'm Beginning to See The Light Smack Dab In the Middle

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            1. by YanagisawA-901
              (312 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              2 big band style pieces that ive played that may or may not be of "quality" or grade that u want, but are FUN as hell to play if ur a good band: -Omaha -Weekend in Monaco

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            2. by golferguy675
              (600 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              You want something really fun? Pull up some Gordon Goodwin stuff. I would reccommend Hunting Wabbits or Jazz Police. Both could be very impressive from a highschool if you guys could get it down. One thing about Hunting Wabbits, is that you have to have a strong trombone section, which a lot of highschool bands don't. There's also an important soprano part, but you could substitute it with a clarinet if no one has one.

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            3. by barimachine
              (323 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              haha we did both those charts this year they're both good ...except jazz police gets annoying after 10000000000 times

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            4. by kitnachi
              (41 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              It has a SOPRANO PART!! YESH!!! Even though I play bari in jazz band, I wanted to get some use out of the soprano I have at home.

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            5. by syrasax
              (75 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              You can't go wrong with a Sinatra medley either . . . In The Wee Small Hours The Lady is a Tramp New York, New York (although I now loathe this song, the audience will LOVE it)

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            6. by SaxMan88
              (318 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              Some mentioned "Moondance", Make sure you have a (or some) strong first tenor players. We're doing this song at Music In the Parks in Dorney Park this Saturday for judging along with "Evil Ways". But our first tenor has had a hard time with the first tenor solo w/ first trumpet, so the director has decided to let me do it. I had filled in for her during rehersals when she was not there and I guess he liked what he heard. But the harmonies in Moondance can really come out if you have some strong tenor 1's. Good luck!

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            7. by johnsonfromwisconsin
              (767 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              Front Burner Sing, Sing, Sing! Moonlight Serenade In the Mood

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            8. by martysax
              (148 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              LazyBird Moten Swing Birdland Better Git Hit in your Soul..............

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            9. by stray dog
              (16 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              I would suggest anything by Sammy Nestico. A few favorites are Dark Orchid, Willow Gold, but there are many more.

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            10. by golferguy675
              (600 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              There's a Better Get Hit In Your Soul big band chart? Play that. I played it in a few small group settings at some gigs, audiences love it.

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            11. by YanagisawA-901
              (312 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              i may be playing a sammy nestico tune this upcoming year in jazz.. im playing lead and i asked my teacher if i could play "Samantha" and he sed he would consider if the rest of the band is up to par.. woo! haha.. my school played it once on our cd.. we have 2 cd's out and on the 2nd one samantha was done.. along with many others.. Hank Levey tunes are confusing yet fun.. he was a great friend of my schools way back when along with Mark Taylor.

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            12. by barimachine
              (323 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: Big Band

              Hank levy is cool... ish he can write amazingly in odd meters... but sometimes theres no REAL point to doing so I HATE MARK TAYLOR he could be a nice enough guy but ive only played maybe 1 or 2 of his songs that make me not want to die granada smoothie is the worst song...

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