Brass Quintet

5 Easy Dixieland Standards
arr. Zack Smith
Price: $25

Transposed parts can be ordered.

The Beginning Brass Quintet Series is designed for younger brass players getting their first experience with a small ensemble (and weekend warriors who may not have the time to keep their chops at a professional level and professionals who like to keep some less taxing arrangements in their concert book).  Instrument ranges are written to Level 2 guidelines, and there are no sixteenth note rhythms.  Many phrases begin with several instruments starting in unison to help young players feel confident and find their partials before moving into harmony with the rest of the quintet.  These arrangements are very straightforward, not too lengthy, and use a minimum of close harmonies (in other words, the French horn and trombone won't spend the whole chart a half step away from each other).  Despite these guidelines, the pieces all sound very professional and are suitable for any concert setting.

Tiger Rag is a favorite of Dixieland fans (as well as LSU alumni).  Trumpets carry much of the melody, with short solo fills written out for all of the instruments.
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans is a feature for Trumpet 1 and the trombone.  Easy going in nature, with a distinct riff that bookends the arrangement.
Jazz Me Blues is a bit of a finger buster for trumpets 1 and 2 -- this will take a little practice for the younger musician.  There are lots of stop times throughout and will give the quintet a chance to work on their "group time".
Buddy Bolden's Blues (a.k.a "Funky Butt") is a slow, bluesy classic that features trumpet 1 and the tuba.  If articulated correctly, even young players will be able to make this one swing.
When the Saints Go Marching In begins with a slow funeral prelude, then goes into the beloved street march.  Trumpets carry the melody most of the way, with trombone and horn taking the interlude.  First trumpet is written to a concert G above the staff (a step past our usual guidelines for these arrangements).

Listen to Tiger Rag.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Jazz Me Blues.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Buddy Bolden's Blues.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to When the Saints Go Marching In.
      or listen with your own player

Check out a concert performance of Buddy Bolden's Blues by The Beltway Brass Quintet.

Check out the other selections in the "5 Easy" series on sale here.
5 Easy Classical Favorites
5 Easy Spirituals
5 Easy Stephen Foster Songs
5 Easy Christmas Classics

3 Methods of Delivery

Download the arrangement from the link in your immediate confirmation e-mail as an Adobe PDF file and pay no shipping fee! Receive the arrangement as an e-mail attachment.  A $2 handling fee will be included.
(May take 1-2 days.)
Receive the printed sheet music in the mail.
(An additional shipping charge will apply plus a printing charge of $10.)

Print the sheet music yourself (PDF download).

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