The Morning Brass Ensemble of Kaneland Harter Middle School, Sugar Grove, Illinois, requested some simple arrangements of Christmas music for holiday concerts at nursing homes and shopping malls. This is a part of the collection written for them.
The three tunes in this item, How Great Our Joy (Echo Carol), Once in Royal David's City, and As With Gladness Men of Old, are immediately recognizable. The arrangements are specifically designed to be very playable by second-year players, though their use need not be restricted to just young ensembles.
From time to time, all brass groups get asked to play at a community gathering, shopping mall, open house, or something similar, and this could be a handy source of some material to play.
MP3 sound sample: All three carols once through, no repeats (synthesizer/midi.
CHRISTMAS QUINTS NO. 3, three Christmas carols-- How Great Our Joy (Echo Carol), Once in Royal David's City, As With Gladness Men of Old-- arranged by Tom Kirkland for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, french horn, trombone, and tuba, comes in a pdf file of 385K, with three one-page scores, nine one-page parts (most contain two parts on the same page), and a license page, thirteen pages in all. Performance time should be about two to three minutes each.