Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Dominic Spera
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Grade: 51/2 Tempo None given = Fast; at the discretion of the director $50.00
“Speed Trap” is a burner with the college band in mind or a very good high school big band with an exceptional rhythm section. This chart features the drummer along with very challenging ensemble playing. This original chart is based around trading ensemble section licks with the drummer and it works. As a matter of fact it works so well you may want this to be the last tune of the spring concert as it’s bound to get them up and cheering if played up to its potential.
It is suggested that the unison saxophone line at measures 21 and 22 and again 50 and 51 may be simplified by substituting some easier lines supplied by the composer. This line helps to take a little pressure off the ensemble, but be advised that by just changing these figures for only a short strectch the band will still need to have all parts locked in, and this is no easy task!
Remember all sections have demanding figures both in range and tempo. Make sure you have the talent to play “Speed Trap” or you may get pulled over for driving too slow in the fast lane!
Top note for trumpet is written G above high C.