Fast and furious with all the excitement expected in a finale. Good luck! Arranged by Tom Whitehurst and suitable for colleges, conservatories, professionals, amateurs and community performing groups. Review: "Here are three short pieces featuring members of the brass family, arranged effectively by British trumpeter Tom Whitehurst. The famous tenor aria by Leoncavallo features the horn. The part peaks at g" and offers a nice opportunity for quintets in school concerts to demonstrate the lyrical and passionate capabilities of our instrument. Likewise, L'Elephant features the tuba with similar deftness. The Finale, familiar to many as the dance of the flamingos in the Disney movie Fantasia, places the burden on first trumpet, though all instruments have moments of excitement in this fast and furious arrangement. While high school level players should be able to comfortably handle the first two pieces, the suggested tempo of the Finale may require more proficiency to pull off. Whitehurst clearly knows what he is doing, and I am happy to recommend these to any quintet that plays school concerts." – Jeffrey Snedeker in The Horn Call, May 2013
Born on the 21st December 1960 Thomas George Whitehurst passed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sheffield in July 2012, but his roots are 23 years of service with the British Army Bands, performing all over the world, and where he attained the rank of Sergeant. Since leaving the Army in 2000 Tom gained employment as a brass teacher for Nottingham Performing Arts and within this role he conducts the Concert Band Choir and arranges music for them - he is also the leader of the Swing Band and Brass Group. Other roles Tom has are Musical Director of the Bestwood ‘Black Diamonds’ Training Brass Band and leader of the Bestwood Swing Band.
At last, a Mozart arrangement that works for brass! A charming ländler but with the colourful addition of a piccolo trumpet that represents the post horn, and a set of tuned sleighbells (that can be replaced by the more commonly found unpitched sleighbells). Great fun for classy Christmas concerts, but needs a piccolo trumpet player capable of holding high notes! Arranged by Stephen Wick.
Arranged by Robin Benton, all brass players and their audiences should enjoy this rousing well known March from Verdi's 1871 grand opera Aida. The Egyptian army has returned from its victory over the Ethiopians and the melodies are suitably triumphant in style. The first melody ends with trumpet fanfares leading to the well known second melody which is repeated in a higher key. The opening theme returns and the March ends with a rousing coda.
This short piece was composed for the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Mainstreet Brass quintet in the U.S.A. It is an ideal opener for a variety of occasions. The work is tonal with some note clusters, providing a contemporary edge to its character, while its style alludes to the French school of writers. Following an expectant and anticipatory opening it builds to the main Allegro middle section of the piece. The work closes with echoing references, over a dominant pedal, to the main theme.
Six movements, starting with Quick March which requires some fast and neat tonguing from all members of the quintet. The Polka which follows is full of colour and requires dexterous trumpet playing. The third movement Blues is a long way from a traditional New Orleans blues - with its melancholy mood and Debussy like harmony it is more like a small impressionist tone poem. Merry Waltz is followed by Preamble, a gentle, atmospheric piece at a leisurely walking tempo. The final movement of this suite Tarandtango (Tarantango) cleverly combines two dances, the energetic tarantella and the elegant tango, resulting in an exciting and virtuoso finale.