Click to enlargeGive Me Jesus (brass sextet)

In the course of serving in church music, from time to time a somewhat unusual combination of instruments will present itself and pose something of an arranging challenge. The particular group that sparked this arrangement was three trumpets, flugelhorn, tenor trombone, and bass trombone.

Give Me Jesus is an old favorite currently finding favor as a worship song in churches with contemporary worship styles, and has been sung and played in many styles, but my personal favorite arrangement had always been the choir arrangement by Larry L. Fleming. That arrangement strongly influenced the style of this arrangement.

There are six instrumental parts. Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Flugelhorn, Trombone, and Bass Trombone. Two alternate parts are included, French Horn 1 (substitute for Flugelhorn) and French Horn 2 (substitute for Trumpet 3). If only one french horn is used, it is strongly suggested it substitute for the flugelhorn.

There is no easy way around the bass trombone. The part is too high in many spots for a tuba, and much too low in others for a tenor trombone or a baritone/euphonium.

Check out the same piece for 11-voice brass band.

MP3 sound sample: Entire Piece (synthesizer/midi).



GIVE ME JESUS, a traditional spiritual arranged by Tom Kirkland for brass sextet consisting of either three trumpets, flugelhorn, trombone, and bass trombone, or two trumpets, two french horns, trombone, and bass trombone, comes in a pdf file of 1001K, with a six-page score, eight two-page parts, and a license page, twenty-three pages in all. Performance time should be about three minutes.


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