Grade Two

These grade 2 charts are aimed at intermediate bands or good junior bands.

swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This chart is written with a real "film noir" type of sound. I'm picturing a 1920's hard boiled detective in his daily grind. This tune let's your Bass player really dig in and offers some great opportunity for some bluesy sounds out of your sax section.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Minimal line independence
  • Blues scale based solos
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow SwingChristian Overton3:304/4100
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

"That Look" is a slow dance shuffle ballad feature for the Alto Saxophone. It’s a classic recognizable style that we as professional musicians play in all the time. The melody is very singable and the harmony goes some nice places. It’s a good opportunity to share with your students a little bit about being a musician as a career, and playing this dance kind of music.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Improvising is Beginner level
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwing BalladChristian Overton4:004/460
other
Grade 2
$50.00

"Atlantic crossing" is a modal tune with a light straight 8ths feel. I wrote this to get the kind of feeling of being alone on the quiet water. It features some wave sound effects in the brass and some room for your trumpet soloist to blow. A good teaching opportunity is the Mixolydian scale and modal Jazz as a whole.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to F
  • Wave effects in the horns
  • Trumpet solo on the mixolydian scale
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8ths ModalChristian Overton3:304/4100
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

"Electro’s Next Plot" was inspired by T.V. music from when I was a kid, most notably in the comic book genre. This is a fun shuffle featuring your guitar player and some dirty saxophone section work. It’s a good opportunity to teach your students about the 12/8 feel and reading rhythms in this meter. Have your band let loose!

Other features:

  • Grade 2 Version
  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Blues scale improvisation
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow ShuffleChristian Overton3:0012/872
other
Grade 2
$50.00

"A Kingdom’s Last Hope" is a story telling tune. The first section is the pleading villagers, followed by a gallant hero called to action, and then to monster section and eventual heroic victory. See if you can hear the imagery. This grade 2 version is a simplified version of the original recorded by the "Composer's Collective Big Band" designed for high school players.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band12/8 FeelChristian Overton4:3012/8120
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
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Let Me Be the Sugar in Your Tea” is inspired by the charming slow struts of Louis Armstrong. I’m picturing him swooning with a woman trying to win her over with his singing. The tune is a medium 2 step Dixieland feel featuring the solo trumpet on the melody.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for Piano
  • Sectional melody
  • Solo trumpet to Ab
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/496
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Lifted” is a Gospel tune inspired by the great sound of gospel bands and choirs in churches all over the world. It features a chin’ solo for the trumpet, a great gospel 2 feel and even a “testifying” section at the end to bring the house down. In the middle of the tune you’ll also find a clapping breakdown section for your audience to join in.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for trumpet
  • Easy trombone parts
  • Fun sax lines
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4140
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“A Long Kept Secret” is a warm straight eighths ballad filled with hints of nostalgia and reflection. It features a memorable yet searching melody written for alto saxophone. The bridge section moves and grows while the A sections play as a gentle release. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Great band feature as well as solo feature
  • Memorable melody
  • Modal improvising
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton3:004/490
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Crusin’ at 30 000” is an up tempo swing tune that takes us on a journey from take off to the clouds and finally to a soft landing. It was written as for use as an introduction to faster tempos through accessible swing figures. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Modal improvising
  • Drum solo trading fours
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4200
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“The Gene Machine” is a 1940’s inspired jump swing tune written in tribute to the great Gene Krupa. It features plunger muted brass figures, call and response and some drum work in the style that Gene Krupa made famous. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Blues scale improvising
  • Fun for every section of the band
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4180
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
latin
Grade 2
$50.00

This exciting new chart is from well known Winnipeg based educator Greg Crowe. It's a great Cha Cha that perfectly exemplifies the style of this romanic genre and is a great departure from the standard latin charts in the educational repertoire, a guaranteed hit with your band! It features solos for any horn on an easy diatonic progression and great melodic moments for every section.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandCha ChaGreg Crowe3:304/4110
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

The newest chart from composer Chris Hunt is a fun blues romp with a catchy repeated figure sure to get you hooked. It's got some classic swing rhythms great for teaching young bands about swing and a reasonable tempo to get them started. It's got some great parts for your saxes to dig in on and solos are written for anyone.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChris Hunt3:304/4110
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

"Friday Night Special" is a throwback to the classic days of live television where big bands backed up famous artists and celebrities. It’s a great high energy swing tune featuring some fast and fun figures that are great to teach your band about swing feel. It features a stop time sax soli and a huge build in the shout chorus. Solos are written for any horn.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4180
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This arrangement is a fresh and fun version of a well loved Christmas classic. It starts off in a classical choral but quickly switches to a Benny Goodman inspired 1940s jump tune. It’s full of surprises and features multiple soloists trading back to back. It’s got some fun bassline figures in the trombones and some great swinging in the saxes and trumpets. This one’s sure to be the tune to remember at your Christmas concert.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4140
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This arrangement of “The First Noel” is a bluesy take on the Christmas classic everyone knows. It features easy blues improvising changes and a fresh horn feature in the development section. This is a sure way to spice up your Christmas concert! Improvising is written for any horn.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandWaltzChristian Overton4:003/4100
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“Was Once Was” is a nostalgic rock ballad featuring the alto saxophone. The melody is memorable and moves from feeling a sense of longing to more of a positive feel in the bridge. It also features juicy parts for the saxophone and trumpet sections as well as on opportunity to show off dynamically for the whole band. Improvising is almost exclusively 2 scales. This tune will be a welcome ballad addition to your festival repertoire.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:004/470
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
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

Livvy Dear is a fun medium swing tune written to feature flute and trumpet. It's got classic swing figures essential for teaching jazz to beginners and is a rare opportunity to put the flute from and centre of the jazz band.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingGreg Crowe3:304/4 132
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

"Summer on my Mind" is a relaxed swing tune, evoking the easy days of summer. The trumpet and saxophone sections carry the tuneful melody while the rhythm section alternates between "two-feel" and "four-feel". The saxes and trombones have featured soli sections, and there are written solos (with chord changes) for alto/tenor, piano, bass, and drums.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band SwingTom Richards4:004/4128
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This version of this classic carol features swinging moments while still paying homage to classic renditions on the song. This fun and energetic version features great moments for brass and saxophone sections to shine and also has easy blowing changes. The mood of the piece shifts throughout creating a performance that’s interesting as well as great fun to play!

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4160
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

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