January 8, 2013

It’s now my tenth year at Indiana University.  This semester I’m taking my first sabbatical.  The idea behind the sabbatical is to allow time for research or creative activity that can be nearly impossible to find during the course of a regular semester.  My project is to arrange music for trumpet ensemble.

I know…thrilling.

But I’m hoping to make the music fun to listen to as well as challenging and interesting to play.  Most of the music I’m arranging comes from the jazz and big band worlds.  Over Christmas break, Bloomington got snowed in for a couple of days.  During that time, I made a little preview to see if my idea might work.  Here it is:


What you’re hearing are 3 Bb trumpets, 1 flugelhorn, 1 alto trumpet, and 1 bass trumpet.  If you know me, you know that I start my day by playing all of the trumpets I own- from piccolo to bass.  I think combining the different trumpets in different styles will make for some great music.

As I finish each chart, I’ll be posting snippets here to get some feedback, so please let me know what you think.



  1. Swangin’ Joey — looking forward to see what your sabbatical will bring for you (and the trumpet world!). Keep me updated.
    – Benje –

  2. Sounds great! Are you playing all of the parts?

    • Sarah,

      Yes I’m playing all 6 parts.



  3. I am amazed every time I hear a new take on an old song. It was a pleasure to listen to. Keep up the creativity. BTW I love the sound of the bass trumpet. !!! I look for to the next snippet!!

  4. Love it! Keep them coming!

  5. Very nice!! I’ll be checking back for more tunes!


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