Compact Band Series
Compact (Marching) Band Arrangements
If you are following us you must have noticed the term “compact band arrangements” recently. In this blog I will tell you what we exactly mean by the term "compact band arrangements" and how your organization can have a lot of fun with these compact and flexible arrangements for marching band, pep band, wind band or concert band.
Does your organization als suffer from:
Are you also irritated by:
- Sloppy members who regularly lose their sheet music?
- Members who are not preparing their parts at home?
Because our compact band arrangements consist of eight-voice (sometimes even six-voice) arrangements you can still achieve a great full sound with less people. By adding concert percussion parts such as drums and percussion, which can replace the marching parts, our compact band arrangements are also working great in a concert situation. Ideal for small concert bands, wind bands or brass ensembles.
How to provide great street performances despite of members who don’t want to march anymore?
Because our compact and flexible arrangements are written for a relatively small instrumentation you don’t need your full band during parades to let the pieces sound great. We already discussed the eight or six-part basic brass instrumentation.
The six-part basic instrumentation consists of:
- 2 trumpet parts
- 1 mid voice part (horn/mellophone)
- 2 low brass parts (trombone / baritone / euphonium)
- 1 bass, tuba or sousaphone part
The eight-part basic instrumentation consists of:
- 3 trumpet parts
- 1 or 2 mid voice parts (horn/mellophone)
- 3 low brass parts (1st and 2nd trombone and baritone/euphonium)
- 1 bass, tuba or sousaphone part
We also include the following woodwind parts:
- The flute, piccolo and clarinet are often playing something from the trumpet or horn part. Sometime they are playing a counterpoint which is not essential to keep the arrangement alive.
- The alto sax usually doubles the horn, so hornless bands are not missing the mid voice part.
- Tenor sax often doubles the baritone or euphonium part.
- The baritone sax doubles the tuba mostly, which we consider the range of the instrument.
We provide the following marching percussion parts:
- Snare drum
- Multi Toms (trio, quad, quint) on request we provide duo toms (for timbales/bongos)
- Bass Drums (from one bass drum to four tonal parts)
We also provide the following concert percussion parts:
- drum set
- aux. percussion
Because we are providing different transpositions for each brass or woodwind instrument, a tenor sax can play the trombone part if your trombone section is not that strong. In the absence of horns you might have a trumpet, flugelhorn or alto sax to play this part. Because of the many transpositions there are different solutions to instrumentation problems.
For percussion we have several options as well.
When you are working with a drumline or marching percussion group it happens that you have 4 bass drums for the current season and only two bass drums for next season. That’s the reason we provide one- to four tonal bass drum parts with our compact band arrangements. Also useful for bands who are working with one bass drum only. For the multi-toms we supply various parts. For example we are providing quad, quint and trio tom parts. It’s even possible to provide duo tom parts for band who are working with timbales and bongos.
If you are working with a band who are only using bass drum, snare drum and cymbals for street performances it would be an idea to use the drumset part for quick results. On the snare drum you can mount a mini hi-hat so the snare drummer can play the upper portion of the part and the bass drum can play the section portion of the drumset part.
What to do with people who frequently lose their parts?
To solve this problem, we include a link which you can download all individual parts. The benefits are:
- You always have sufficiently single parts.
- You can easily create a digital archive.
- You just have to print the parts you need.
- You have several transpositions of brass and woodwinds at your fingertips.
- A lot of different included percussion parts.
How can I motivate members to pick up their instrument more often at home?
To make studying at home more attractive we added a recording of the piece in mp3 format with every compact band arrangement. In this case members are getting an idea how the piece should sound in total. And playing along with a recording is much more fun that practicing without accompaniment.
Because sometimes it’s hard to play the piece in the correct tempo immediately we added our, especially for Show & Marching Music developed, slow down audio software. A very handy tool that allows you to play the mp3 slower without changing the key. You can use this software immediately without any complicated setup procedures. You can use the speed button to slow down the mp3 in real time.
Enough reasons to check what our compact (marching) band arrangements can mean for your band or musical organization. Download our "Compact Band Score Info Guide" for free now. By means of a score example you can find here for which instruments our compact band arrangements are written, which transpositions are included and which adjustments we can provide.