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"Song For Hayley"
Written and Arranged By: Mike Lewis
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Grade 2 Pop/Ballad Tempo Quarter Note) q = 76 $42.00
Mike Lewis has been a major force in writing and arranging since the mid sixties graduating from the University of Miami in 1965. I remember hearing about Mike even in high school and just like a fine wine his work has gotten better with age.
“Song for Hayley” is a slow pop ballad featuring alto saxophone. The alto solo at measure 8 should be lyrical with vibrato. A listening session with your soloist to some artists in this style would be beneficial and would give direction to your young soloist.
The trombones enter at measure 13 and should stay behind the soloist with careful attention to dynamics. Trumpets enter in unison at measure 24, and should not use vibrato. Careful attention to intonation and articulation is essential to this section being played successfully.
At measure 44 the alto soloist returns, but this time the alto saxophonist can choose to improvise or play the written material provided for a suggested solo if desired. Measure 64 should be the loudest point in the chart.
The director should give careful attention to measure 81 through 83 which should be conducted so that all fermatas and caesuras are together. This Mike Lewis original is a crowd pleaser as well as a student builder and would be a great ballad for your young band on your next concert.
Top note for trumpet is written top line F in the staff