Funk/Rock

Have fun with our wide selection of funk and rock tunes. A lot of crowd pleasers can be found here.

rock
Grade 3
$60.00

This funky tune is inspired by a painting of a dirty looking hot dog. It’s great fun. This tune is a great opportunity to teach the difference between a half time feel vs a swing 4 feel and also the difference between swung 8ths funk and straight 8ths funk.

Other features:

  • Optional high lead trumpet parts
  • Fun parts for lead trombone, and solo parts for Tenor 2 and trumpet
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandFunkChris Hunt5:004/4160
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

"Game on!" is a driving rock tune that’s a nice closer for your set. It’s a high energy feel that your students can really dig in on. The melody is catchy moves along with a purpose. A great crowd pleaser! Sample solos are provided for Alto and Tenor Sax.

Other features:

  • Easy rock feel
  • Optional fills for drums provided
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockAndy Ballantyne3:004/4112
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

This original composition takes the band through a variety of grooves. Some tricky rhythm section and horn lines, and the feel requires a more mature band; a strong lead trumpet is also required.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandGospel/FunkJosh Grossman6:304/490
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

"First X’s Free" goes from a mysterious driving straight 8th's feel to a groovy half time funk feel. It’s a high energy tune that will keep your band wanting to play week after week. It features the Soprano Saxophone and the Trombone. It also features some muted work by the brass and a chance to let your rhythm section let loose!

Other Features:

  • Woodwind section is Soprano, Alto 2 Tenors and Bari
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8thsChris Hunt8:004/4160
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

"All Your Base" is a medium rock tune written by versatile composer and guitarist Erik Patterson. It drives with a fun sense of urgency and features some rhythm section shots and some independent saxophone work. The name derives from internet gaming. See if your students can figure it out.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockErik Patterson3:004/4110
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

Michael says: "Funk Out is fun tune based on the early funk sounds of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. It features the lead alto sax in the rubato ballad opening section and gives the lead alto the opportunity to improvise over the chord changes at letter D. Check out the challenging syncopated sections which feature the horns trading rhythms reminiscent of Tower of Power."

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to high D
  • Alto sax feature
  • Challenging horn sectional parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandFunkMichael Kundakcioglu3:304/4120
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“Cloud Song” is a simple straight 8ths tune written in homage to those of us with their heads stuck in the clouds. It’s written as an introduction to cross section playing, meaning that the musicians are often in unison with players in different sections not always with those beside them. It has a light rockish feel with a 50’s inspired Piano pattern.

Other Features:

  • Simple melodies in counterpoint
  • Solo written for Guitar
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton3:304/4120
rock
Grade 3
$60.00

“Lost Stories” is a driving straight 8ths Jazz tune written for the 2010 Musicfest Canada Yamaha All Star Band under the direction of Terry Promane. It’s written in a professional band style but is definitely accessible for high school level players. It features improvising for Alto Sax and a climactic drum solo.

Other Features:

  • Athletic sax parts
  • Meaty brass parts
  • Modern sound
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStr. 8thsChristian Overton4:004/4140
rock
Grade 3
$60.00

Josh Says: "The Wiggle is a straightforward funk chart that features many of the rhythms and feels students will discover as they play more in the genre. Electric bass and keyboards (fender rhodes if you've got it) establish the groove off the top - make sure it's together and swing the 16th notes ever so slightly."

Other Features:

  • 1 chord solo sections
  • Drum solo
  • Simple introduction to swung 16ths
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandFunkJosh Grossman4:304/4100
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

“Gentlemen” is a slinky laid back rock tune written by versatile composer and guitarist Erik Patterson. It features all sections on an easy melody and has fun and simple chord changes to improvise on. It also has easy brass and rhythm section parts, and a written out guitar line.

Other Features:

  • Easy trombone melody sections
  • Fun guitar part
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz bandRockErik Patterson3:004/4100
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

“La Cattura” is a Funky 70s rock tune by guitarist Erik Patterson. It’s inspiration comes from the genre of Spaghetti westerns. It has a catchy minor vibe and is felt in 2 throughout. It’s epic feel feature some strong sax section work as well as some great brass backgrounds.

Other Features:

  • Fun guitar part
  • Solos for alto or tenor sax
  • Easy brass parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz bandRockErik Patterson3:004/4100
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“Go Go Blues” is a fun and slinky rock tun inspired by 1960’s go go music. It features accessible figures, blues scale improvising for any instrument, and a lot of unison passages. The groove is easy to learn and will keep students and audiences wanting to hear it again and again. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Losts of stop time sections
  • Strong sax parts
  • Solos for any instrument
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandGo Go RockChristian Overton4:304/4120
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

“La Squadra Di Milano” is another great and groovy grade 1 rock tune thats more of a strut. It was inspired my Italian cop movies. It’s got some easy rhythms that are great for beginner bands but is still very musical and a lot of fun. It has melody sections in the saxes and as a full band and features a solo section written for alto sax. The attitude really comes though the music and will have your band wanting to play it week in and week out.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockErik Patterson3:004/4120
rock
Grade 1
$40.00

“Stone Cold Strut” is a high energy rock tune with a great jump feel to it. This one is sure to get your audience’s head bopping and features strong section playing throughout. The rhythmic figures are simple but effective and the solo section is written for Tenor Sax. Check out the great build at the end!

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockErik Patterson3:004/4120
rock
Grade 3
$60.00

“Hamunaptra” is a spooky minor rock tune named after the fictional Egyptian city also known as the city of the dead. The tune goes from a half X feel to a driving four feel in the bridge building back up to launch back into the main feel. The sax section and trumpet section are featured throughout with room for improvising for any horn and later on for piano. This one is sure to be a hit with students and audience members alike.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton4:004/4180
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

Brown and Tan is a medium tempo feature for flute or alto saxophone reminiscent of the jazzy pop tunes of the 60’s and 70’s. The improvised section can be navigated using only the F major concert scale. Two full chorus band solis also allow the rest of the ensemble to shine as well.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8thsBrad Harrison6:004/4 150
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“No Trespassing” is a tough as nails strut inspired by the hip hop brass bands of modern New Orleans. It features lots of juicy brass and saxophone lines and is written in cut time for easy reading. This one is guaranteed to be a blast for students and audience members alike.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton4:002/2100
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

"River" is about reflecting on one's troubles in the midst of the peace, calm, and strength of the eponymous river. The phrases here should be smoothly articulated throughout, and the brass should be regal sounding wherever possible.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8thsChelsea McBride4:305/4160
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

"Julia" is inspired by a long-lost friend, someone who was incredibly important at one point and then just fell off the map. This piece features lush ensemble passages, a challenging soprano sax feature, and a modulation into and out of double-time.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8thsChelsea McBride7:004/4120
rock
Grade 4
$70.00

"Thinking In Circles" is about negative thought spirals and inner conflict. This features an extended section without the drums and a slow-down/speed-up much like a wind-up toy.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8thsChelsea McBride6:005/4132

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