Hard at Work

January 29, 2013

It’s now the beginning of the fourth week of my sabbatical.  Time is flying by.  Two charts are completely done, and a third is almost there.  Part of this project is to take music I’ve enjoyed playing and arrange it for trumpet ensemble.  A lot of that music is from the big bands.  During the course of the semester, there will be one chart from the Count Basie library, one from Woody Herman’s, and this week’s entry, from the Buddy Rich book, “Basically Blues.”

Here’s the shout chorus, for six trumpets:

 Basically Blues

Please let me know what you think.  By next week I’ll have a snippet of the first Maynard chart I’m arranging.

This project has been rattling around in my head for a long time.  It’s truly amazing to get the time to focus on it.  But that’s not all I’m doing while on sabbatical.  Last week I spent some time in Marion, Iowa as a guest for a high school jazz festival.  It was a little different from most, in that I spent the day as a clinician, working with 5 different jazz bands.  The unbelievable part is that all 5 bands were from the same high school.  After spending all day working with the bands, we put on a concert that night.  Seeing that kind of interest from the students, support from the parents, and commitment from the directors was inspiring.

On February 15-16, I’ll be at the West Chester Trumpet Festival.  It’s a great event.  Check it out here:

West Chester Trumpet Festival

Okay, back to work.



  1. Love the shouting going on!!!

  2. Dig the arrangement. Would love to play it sometime at WCU!

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