Click to enlargeSaints, etc. (brass quintet)

This is a fun little novelty piece written for two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. It is built around "When the Saints Go Marching In," and its possible (though possibly improbable) partner songs.

After a brief introduction, each trumpet takes a turn playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" accompanied by the other three instruments.

After a key change, we get a trombone and french horn duet of "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain." Then the trombone repeats while the horn plays "Saints."

Then we have "Saints" with "Mountain" with "Amazing Grace."

Then "Saints" with "Mountain" with "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The two trumpets and the horn then play "Merrily We Roll Along" (the chorus of "Good Night Ladies").

Then we get "Saints" with "Good Night Ladies" twice.

One more turn of "Merrily We Roll Along" leads us to a final shout chorus of "Saints" with "Mountain" and "Banner" and "Ladies," which sounds almost as wild as it seems it would be, transforming in to a big, showy ending.

This would be a fun number to end a quintet concert or set. All the parts are relatively easy though somewhat rangy, and if you are missing a piece there is probably no good way to substitute another instrument.

The pdf includes parts for brass band instruments as well as standard concert band/orchestral instruments.

MP3 sound sample: entire piece (synthesizer/midi).



SAINTS, ETC. by Tom Kirkland for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, F horn, trombone, and tuba, plus parts for Eb horn, trombone TC, Eb tuba TC, and Bb tuba TC, comes in a pdf file of 541K, with an eleven-page score, nine two-page parts, and a license page, thirty pages in all. Performance time should be about three minutes.


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