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"Fly Me To The Moon"
Written By: Bart Howard
Arranged By: Michael Sweeney
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Hall Leonard Corp.
Grade 3 Latin / Bossa (Quarter Note) q = 126 $35.00
This familiar standard, “Fly Me To The Moon” is often performed in a swing style, however, this arrangement is written in a moderate Latin feel with even 8th notes. For training purposes this chart allows young aspiring jazz musicians to experience a standard tune in a familiar setting and thus gives them the chance to grow in surroundings they are comfortable in. Be sure to observe all articulation markings to insure the correct feel. Try working with the rhythm section alone to develop a solid foundation and even tempo first before rehearsing with the full ensemble.
The melody at measure 5 is written as a duet for alto and trumpet, although the entire trumpet section may be used here if desired. At measure 21 the saxes have the melody and brass play the accompaniment. Make sure that the “roof top’ accents are not played too short or clipped. Have your musicians think “daht” when playing this type of accent. Throughout the arrangement your musicians need to be aware of where the melody is, making sure it is not covered up by the accompaniment the parts.
This is a great way to introduce standard tunes to young artists and the director my want to add in a solo or two using either the changes from the melody for more advanced players or just a mode to start the process. Either way “Fly Me To The Moon" is a great place to start the learning process. This chart is part of the “discovery series” from Hal Leonard which includes a CD is for young musicians to work from which makes this package a win, win!
Top note for trumpet is written E in the staff