A funk-infused tune for steel band based loosely in the tonal framework of D major. The back line lays down a solid groove while the melody in the tenors weaves nimbly in and out of the key. A gradually intensifying jam capped off with a final push to the end complete the tune nicely.
This is a fun, high-energy calypso that will have the audience up on their feet! I composed “Carpe Diem” during the time I had the Sons Of Steel steel band. It was written with performance in mind with lots of room for cool choreography, which the “Sons” were known for during our live concerts.
This lively calypso packs a punch! Through great voicing and effective stops, this danceable melody will please your audience. This piece was commissioned specifically for beginning bands, and is a perfect choice for middle and high school steel bands!
This Spanish-tinged calypso from a forthcoming suite chronicling the adventures of Cervantes' Don Quixote is ideal for the intermediate to advanced ensemble. Caribbean syncopation coupled with traditional Iberian harmonies paint a picture of the heroic knight-errant in an epic struggle for his life and sanity.
Schubert's most famous art song based on Goethe's eerie text comes to life in this bomb arrangement. The drama between the father, boy, and earl king unfolds true to Schubert's original, with each character portrayed in a different register. Tension between the boy and the Erlking builds to a climax with a minor jam section perfect for a talented drumset or timbales player. But in the end, the child "war tot!"
This tune was originally commisioned for a Canadian/Caribbean Film called “Finder of Lost Children.” The first part of the piece is rather happy going with a chorus that plays with phrasing the same melody on and off the beat. But then—as in many families—once you scratch the surface, there are often hidden secrets. The middle part of the piece becomes a bit darker and more dramatic. Finally, the last part is a return to the main theme in order to, as a family member might say, “keep up the appearances.”
The melody is nice, easy and carefree, hence the title of the tune, with percussion adding a little drive to the rhythm during the 2nd verse. Then comes a laid back solo to fit the mood perfect for beginning steel pan players. Next, a nice bass and drum break down before the chords and melody come back in to take it out to the end. Ahhhhh…..Not A Care.
This beautiful melody by Harold Arlen will be familiar to many in your audience, and thus a crowd-pleaser. The famous tune from “The Wizard of Oz” has been treated in bomb style, meaning that it has been “calypso-ized” through the application of stylistic calypso rhythms and grooves. After a brief introduction, the tune is presented, followed by a fairly challenging variation for lead and double tenor pans over the first two A sections. A fadeout ending suggests actually going “over the rainbow” to the place where dreams really do come true.
This is an exciting adaptation from Leoncavallo's most famous opera, Pagliacci or, "Clowns." The energetic melody laid out by the front line and the montuno accompaniment in the back line effectively capture the bitter emotions brooding inside of Pagliaccio as he discovers his wife's transgressions. This piece works great as a closer and provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students and audience to the Bomb tradition.
“Pan For Ya!” was written with me thinking of playing in Trinidad’s Panorama competition. I wanted to write a piece to give people who have never experienced Panorama a small taste (tease if you will) of what they are missing. I wanted to keep it short and sweet but still have the excitement of a tune played in the world’s greatest steel band competition.
This series was commissioned specifically to provide quality steel band music for beginning steel bands. The six pieces in this collection represent a variety of styles, composers and difficulty and can serve as an entire semester's repertoire.
The first two pieces, Pa Bailar (cha-cha) and Hope (reggae and soca), were composed by composer, performer and educator Jeff Narell. These two tunes are Level 1 difficulty and make great first tunes for middle and early high school steel bands. The groove is really nice, and they could easily be taught by rote
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T, DT, DS, C, B, Drums
Tenor: C4 – C6
Double Tenor: A3 – C4 (DT is only on Catch Me and You Got Me Going)
Double Seconds: F3 – D5
Cello: B2 – F4
Bass: B1 – E3 (with octave)