Dominant Saxes and Contest

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    nafmeadmin
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    I have the best group I’ve ever had – wonderful talent, great attitudes, young. The only problem is my instrumentation: 1 flute, 5 altos, 1 tenor, 1 bari, 1 trumpet, 2 trombones, 1 euphonium, 1 electric bass, 3 percussion. We’ll be doing a little jazz for Christmas, but I’d love to take them to (concert) band contest this year. Can anyone think of a contest piece that lends itself well to saxes? (I know I can rewrite horn parts or switch them to other instruments, but they really like the sax and aren’t very interested in switching).

    #12258
    nafmeadmin
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    What age level is this, and what grade music are you looking for? I don’t have specific suggestions without that information.

    In general, I’d try to do a little arranging of clarinet and trumpet parts to fit your sax players. Your instrumentation is really pretty good besides the alto sax issue. You’re a little heavy on the mid/low side, so I’d try to fill in the clarinet and trumpet parts as much as possible.

    #12259
    nafmeadmin
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    Sorry – this is a high school group, capable of playing grade 2 or 3 music.

    #12289
    nafmeadmin
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