Horns – Thursday September 8

Mass Appeal – Horns
Old Market Square
Thursday September 8
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Concert: 7:30 – 8:00 pm

Everyone loves a horn section. Not only does it make the music louder and command more attention, it adds layers of melody and harmony and rhythm that you just can’t get with anything else.  Think of it like this: without horns, would there even be an All You Need Is Love? Tower Of Power, one of the world’s foremost horn sections, has been featured on recordings by everyone from Elton John to Puff Daddy and from Dionne Warwick to Johnny Rotten.

For our purposes we’re expanding the horn section to include woodwinds, so flutes, as well as clarinets, oboes, and just about anything else you can blow into is welcome.  We’re going to be playing some fun dance music – and though it might look intimidating at first, we’re assembled some resources here to make it a lot easier than you think it might be.

Leading the fun is Todd Martin.  When he’s not working as in in-demand touring and session musician, or making a guest appearance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (on harmonica, french horn, or vocals), Todd can be found bringing the New Orleans second line tradition to Winnipeg with his group The Dirty Catfish Brass Band (www.dirtycatfishbrassband.com). Todd will be leading a rehearsal between 6:00 and 7:00, followed by a concert running from 7:30 – 8:00 pm at the Cube stage at Old Market Square, in the heart of the Exchange District. Each piece Todd has selected has a number of different charts, so read on to find out how you can be a part of it!

music buttonHere’s what we’ll be playing.  Read on to find the music, sample tracks, and notes on each song from Conductor Todd!  You can download all the music in PDF format by clicking the image to the left.  This file includes all the music for all the songs – if you prefer to just download a particular chart, just look for your part for each song in the notes below.

Mass Appeal Horns repertoire:

Do Whatcha Wanna
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Oh When The Saints
Also Sprach Zarathustra

Todd Says: Hello Horns!

This is going to be a great day of music making. You will see some notes on the music below. For the day of the performance you may want to bring a music stand, and some clips to hold the music down in case it’s a little bit windy.

If you have any questions about which part you need to learn, you can use the following guideline:

Parts in C (concert pitch): Flutes, Oboes, Trombones,
Parts in B flat: Trumpets, Tenor Saxophones, Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet
Parts in E Flat: Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Parts in Bass Clef: Tubas, Trombones

We don’t have a lot of songs to play, but we’re going to have an adventure playing them!  Each chart below has different versions, depending on what instrument you’ve got.  I’ve made some notes to explain how each one works, so please read through those as you practice.  Overall, for all of these songs, I’ve only got one request.

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

1. Do Whatcha Wanna

Todd’s sheet music download: Do Whatcha Wanna – Concert (flute, oboe, trombone)
Todd’s sheet music download: Do Whatcha Wanna – B flat (trumpet, tenor & soprano sax, trombone)
Todd’s sheet music download: Do Whatcha Wanna – E flat (alto & bari sax)
Todd’s sheet music download: Do Whatcha Wanna – Bass

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Says: This is a classic song from the Rebirth Brass Band in New Orleans. It is an example of a second line parade. You will want to play these eighth note figures swung, or “jazzy.”  The parts are arranged in four sections, and I will be cueing which section to go to based on these numbers

1. We will start with the trombones at big number 1, for 8 measures,
2. Then we play the melody at big number 2.

After playing this melody part, we will then SING the melody and then repeat with playing again

3. Then we play section number 3.
4. Section number 4 is also a solo section, so if you’re feelin’ it, take a pass or two through the form!:)
5. Ending

2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – Concert flute, oboe, trombone
Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – Trumpet
Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – three trumpets
Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – soprano & tenor sax
Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – E flat alto & bari sax
Todd’s sheet music download: Sweet Dreams – lower brass (trombone, tuba)

 

 

 

 

 

Todd says: This is an iconic song from the 1980’s by The Eurythmics. Our version is based off an arrangement by the Soul Rebels Brass Band from New Orleans.  If you haven’t heard them before, check out the video above – these guys are amazing!

This one may be the most challenging in terms of form and notes, BUT THAT’S PART OF THE FUN! I’ll do my best to keep everyone on track. Again if we use the letters as section markers, it will help keep things organized.

For harmony, pick whichever part is most comfortable for you range wise.

1. The song begins with a 2 bar intro with the low brass repeated 4 times (you will play this 12 times total).
2. Then the melody instruments enter, I will cue this entrance:

B Section
C Section
D section

***during the D section, the low brass will repeat the two-measure intro 4 times, back to A section (this is 8 measures of rest for all but the low brass!!). The rest of us will SING the whole song – except the Tubas: you keep the song going. On the singing part, we all need to play the section 6 measure before section C, and then back to singing. Then we will repeat the whole form, and then end the song.

Sounds complicated? Never fear – that’s what we have rehearsal for!

3. When The Saints Go Marching In

Todd’s sheet music download: When the Saints Go Marching In – Concert flute, oboe, trombone
Todd’s sheet music download: When the Saints Go Marching In – B flat trumpet, tenor & soprano sax, trombone
Todd’s sheet music download: When the Saints Go Marching In – E flat alto & bari sax
Todd’s sheet music download: When the Saints Go Marching In – Bass

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Says: This is THE classic New Orleans second tune, and one that I’m sure you have all sung or played at one time.  It’s a super fun song, meant to be enjoyed.  This is definitely a tune where dancing is going to make a difference!

We all play the melody on this one, except the Tubas.  Feel free to add your own harmonies, in true second line fashion.

Again, after playing the melody twice through, we will SING this song as well.  On the second time through, don’t forget the call and response, Oh When The Saints! Oh When the Saints!

 

4. Also Sprach Zarathustra (aka 2001 Space Odyssey)

Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Flute
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Clarinet in Bb
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Trumpet in Bb
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Euphonium
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Tenor Saxophone
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Alto Saxophone
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Baritone Saxophone
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Trombone
Todd’s Sheet Music Download: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Tuba

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Says: This is one of the most famous quotes from the great Richard Strauss’ tone poem.  For our concert, we’ll be playing the opening section.  The challenges for this piece will be intonation, range, and playing really long notes in the bass instruments.

Please feel free to take any notes down an octave (trumpets, I’m talking to you now), but if you’ve got those high C’s, we’ll take ’em.  As with all of these pieces, the object is to play what you can, and HAVE FUN!