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"Scissors And Glue"
By: Doug Beach
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music Inc.
Grade: 4 1/2 $48. 00 Swing = 184 to 200
Scissors and Glue is a well written cooker for big band by Doug Beach. This original chart will challenge an excellent high school ensemble and will even take your college band to the practice room!
The Tempo is the first concern as quarter notes are running at a top speed of suggested 200 or a reduced gear of 184! Either way you’re going to need a solid rhythm section and a very good lead trumpet player to pull this ambitious arraignment off. Figures throughout the piece in all horn sections will require some time on task to make the final presentation pleasing.
Like most Doug beach charts this music is very well written, with great swing lines, open solos, excellent backgrounds, a rigorous sax soli and a great shout chorus. But be sure you have the rhythm section to hold the time together and an ensemble that can handle the task before them of fast swing figures, in all ranges.
Soloists will have an industrious job of playing a blues in Bb at a very fast tempo. Be careful that you don’t over do the “suggested” time figures. There is nothing that says you can’t take this fine chart at a slower tempo which will eliminate some of the pressure from your band and allow everyone to enjoy it.
Top note for trumpet is optional written Eb above high C; or written high C.