Grade Three

Here you will find senior band charts for players with a few years of experience.

swing
Grade 3
$60.00

"The Pursuit" is an epic medium swing tune with a very New York modern Jazz type of sound. It features a challenging band soli section and room for Alto sax and drums to stretch out.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to high Bb
  • Works in a wide tempo range
  • Improvisaton difficulty intermediate
  • Optional Bass trombone notes
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:304/4112
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
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

"On the Ending Earth" is an original composition written in the classic Big Band ballad style. This tasty tune is inspired in part by Mingus ballads and provokes thoughts of Big Band nostalgia. It features the solo Flugelhorn, with some juicy sax section parts and gentle brass playing. Use this chart to educate your students on the classic big band sound.

Other features:

  • Improvising intermediate to advanced
  • Lots of independent parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladErik Patterson3:154/470
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

"Four More to Go" is a driving swing tune with some really great chord changes. It has a lot of forward momentum in the harmony and the shout chorus is based on the classic jazz turnaround, which builds into a nice climax. It’s got some nice saxophone sections and the improvising is open for any saxophone player.

Other features:

  • Sax soli and full band soli
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingAllison Au3:004/4185
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

This fun Salsa tune was inspired by the mix of skill and youthful energy some kids have for music. It features some Sax trading for the Altos and Tenors as well as a trumpet solo. Also check out some powerful Brass moments and a slinky sax soli.

Other features:

  • Strong trumpet parts
  • Strong lead trombone part
  • Athletic saxophone parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:304/4180
swing
Grade 3
$70.00

“The Green Blues” was written for the 2009 MusicFest Canada All Star Jazz Band under the direction of Denny Christianson. This tune is a really good vehicle for a strong band to show their stuff as soloists and sectional players. It features a sax soli, band soli, improvising for everyone and a nice big shout at the end.

Other features:

  • Strong sax section workout

  • Trumpet 1 to high D

  • Improvising on the 12 bar blues

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:004/4160
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

Christian says: "'Arcadian Autumn' is a relaxed jazz waltz featuring the saxophone section. I wrote it walking home on Arcadian Crescent on a perfect fall day. The pulse can be thought of in a fast 3 or a slow 1 feel. The bridge sections should be more washy and dreamy while the other sections can have more of a dancing feel."

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandWaltzChristian Overton3:303/4120
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

Maria says: "This upbeat Latin song was created around the bass line, which was derived from a phrase my friend said in class one day. The arrangement gives each section of the band a chance to shine. There are some classic Latin syncopated rhythms throughout the arrangement and some challenging and fun brass parts."

Other features;

  • Lead trumpet to high C
  • Lead trombone to high C
  • Syncopated Latin rhythms
  • Improvised piano solo
  • Drum set solo
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSambaMaria Kundakcioglu6:004/4100
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

Maria says: "Tumbadora is a salsa tune I wrote inspired by the role of the congas in Latin music. The feel and rhythms are reminiscent of the sound of the Latin ensembles I enjoy listening to. There is also a heavy influence of the piano in this arrangement which gives the piano player in your band an opportunity to be featured throughout as well as in an improvised section at letter D. You can include a conga player in addition to the drummer and they have a chance to trade solos in the open percussion solo section one bar before letter E. There are some fun brass parts throughout with some challenging rhythms. This is a driving arrangement that will give your whole band a good workout."

  • Other features
  • Lead Trumpet to high C
  • Lead Trombone to high B
  • Percussion section solos
  • Improvised piano solo
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandLatin FunkMaria Kundakcioglu5:304/4120
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

This classically inspired arrangement was written to really set the mood of a crisp, starlit winter’s night. It features lush section playing and some chances to show off independent section leaders. There is an improvising section for Alto Saxophone.

Other Features:

  • Bb Major scale improvising
  • Choral sections
  • A fresh take on a classic Holiday standard
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:003/490
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

This arrangement is a Salsa twist on a Christmas favourite. It features some quirky lead lines and is a good introduction to Salsa rhythms for bands ready to take on a new challenge. Solos are marked for trumpet and drums.

Other Features:

  • Good introduction to Salsa rhythms
  • Section unison melodies
  • Modern and fun to play
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:304/4100
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

“Canal Street Walk” is a fun and raucous New Orleans street beat tune inspired by the city’s famous second line bands. It features unison melody lines in the horns, some great soli lines to dig in on and a danceable feel to get your band moving! Improvising is written for Baritone Saxophone.

Other Features:

  • Horn section solis
  • Bass Solo
  • Lead trumpet to G
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:004/4180
other
Grade 3
$60.00

"The Dance Hall Shake” is an infectious groove inspired by Jamaican dance hall rhythms. Its melodies are very rhythmic and are played in a call and answer type fashion. The sections are often divided in pairs and the lines are very specifically marked long and short to fit the style. This tune is a good teaching opportunity to talk about working on efficient and accurate articulations.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for trombone and drums
  • A lot of unison
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandDance HallChristian Overton3:004/4100
other
Grade 3
$60.00

“Femi’s Flight” is an afrobeat adventure inspired by the Nigerian afrobeat sound. It features an exciting 12/8 groove and a substantial amount of unison melody in the horns, This tune makes for a fresh change in the Jazz band repertoire with a world music flavour.

Other Features:

  • A lot of unison
  • Solos for Alto Saxophone and drums
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandAfro BeatChristian Overton4:0012/8120
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
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

Andy Says: "Dark Matter" is a musically sophisticated but technically accessible chart which features either alto or baritone sax in an extended feature. The main theme is in a straight eighth ballad feel with the solo section and shout chorus in double-time swing. The objective with this piece was to explore a more contemporary "dark" minor harmonic palette while keeping all the parts playable for young musicians.

Other Features:

  • Mutes for trumpets
  • Alternate Solo parts for Alto 1 or Bari Sax
  • All exposed trombone parts cued in saxophones
  • Guitar pedal effects
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladAndy Ballantyne6:304/476
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
other
Grade 3
$60.00

“The Test” is an exciting African inspired tune in 12/8 time that’s both challenging yet accessible. It features an agile melody for the saxophones and a modal solo section with improvising on a single scale. It also features a drum solo section and some simple bass improvising off the top. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Good introduction to 12/8
  • Afro Cuban feel
  • Sectional playing
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band12/8Christian Overton4:0012/8120
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

"El Castor Loco" is a fantastic take on New York Salsa. It's got all the syncopated rhythmic fun you'd expect from a pro chart made accessible to young bands. The slippery sax soli is a perfect showcase for your section and the drums solo with full band shots will be the highlight of your set. It features solos for any horn and drums, as well as a fully notated piano intro montuno section.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaAndy Ballantyne4:004/4180
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

This great tune is by Toronto trumpet player and composer Jason Logue. It’s a swinging chart that’s very much a throwback to the classic Blue Note era of the 50s and 60s . The catchy melody is dripping with style written for trumpets and tenor saxes.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingJason Logue4:004/4140
other
Grade 3
$60.00

Don Carlos' Dream is an intense Flamenco piece in 6/8 time. It features tight chord voicings to bring out the intensity of the piece, as well as an ostinato bass-line to anchor the ensemble.The drums can use a multitude of rimshots, castanets, and cymbals to create the feeling of dancing in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain. The piece features the melody and a solo for the baritone sax, as well as a solo for the piano. During the piano solo, the horn players clap a Flamenco pattern to simulate the rhythms of the castanets, and the stamping of Flamenco dancers.!

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band6/8Ewan Divitt6:006/8172
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
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

“Introduccion” is a vibrant and energetic salsa tune that features simple version both 4/4 and 6/8 latin rhythms. This is a great way to get your band learning about Jazz inspired Latin America while getting inside the catchy phrases of the melody and backgrounds. Solos are for brass in the 4/4 sections with an nice bluesy developments section featuring alto saxophone later on.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:302/2104

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