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"This Is Me, This Is You"
By: Bill Zaccagni
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor music, Inc.
Grade 5 1/2 Swing Tempo = 120 $50.00
“This Is Me, This Is You" comes to us from the pen of Bill Zaccagni. There are a number of tricky moments in this very challenging original and these areas need to be considered when deciding if this piece fits your band.
Attention must be given to intonation as saxes at the very beginning are in half steps. The slow glisses in the top four trombone parts should arrive at pitch by the fourth beat of measure 2 and 6 of the introduction.
Be sure to have the quarter-note triplets in the saxes at the bridge remain open and flowing. The trombone backgrounds behind the alto solo starting at measure 79 should have a crisp bite to them. Try not to exaggerate the crescendos during the sax backgrounds starting at measure 151. Keep in mind that these are just backgrounds and they need to compliment the soloist.
The guitarist must play the written rhythm while piano plays light fills in the section at measure 183 – 190. The ensemble needs to stay rhythmically relaxed throughout the ”out” chorus from measure 191 to the end.
This arrangement is listed at 7 minutes and 50 seconds. A long and tedious blow by any standard.
“This Is Me, This Is You" is part of the “studio writers series” from Kendor and is challenging for even the best of bands. Although the tempo is not burning the ensemble parts are. With ranges and written figures pushing the musicians make sure you have the personnel to cover the level being presented.
Top note for trumpet F above high C