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    Looking for brass ensemble (not brass band) music

    Our community band is trying program a brass ensemble piece for our next concert. Does anyone have a recommendation preferably, with a good euphonium part, of course! It should be scored for traditional wind band brass (i.e., no E flat trumpets, etc.)

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    Gustav Holst - from The Planets Suite, Jupiter.
    Baritone - 3 Valve, Compensating, JinBao JBBR1240

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara Hood View Post
    Gustav Holst - from The Planets Suite, Jupiter.
    Hi Sara,

    Do you know the arranger? The version I found requires E flat trumpets.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    The Holst Planets isn't a "brass ensemble" piece, although that suite, particularly the Mars movement, has good brass parts and a great tenor tuba (played on euphonium mostly) part. If I understand that you are looking for something for the entire brass section of a typical wind ensemble, here are a couple places to look:

    https://cherryclassics.com/collections/large-ensembles

    https://www.cimarronmusic.com/brass/...ensemble-large

    Both of those places have tons of music for large brass ensembles.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Here is Holst (six of the planets) for large brass ensemble: https://cherryclassics.com/products/2429

    Ralph Sauer, former principal trombone of the L.A. Philharmonic did the arrangement/transcription. You can purchase each of the 6 planet transcriptions separately.
    Last edited by John Morgan; 02-18-2020 at 05:11 PM.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    The Planets may not be, strictly speaking, a brass ensemble piece, but I have enjoyed every arrangement of Jupiter that I have heard. Mars does have some meaty brass parts. Personally I find Jupiter to be more fun to play and hear. And it can let the brass, especially the euphonium, shine. I figured that it would be easy enough to find as I remember playing it in high school. That is a stage where you have to be flexible about instrumentation. There were no Eb parts, except for the alto saxophones, so I figured that the original poster could find something that suited his/her particular group. Unfortunately, I don't know what arrangement the Mighty Antelope Brigade (ra, Ra, RA!) used (laugh).

    - Sara
    Baritone - 3 Valve, Compensating, JinBao JBBR1240

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara Hood View Post
    The Planets may not be, strictly speaking, a brass ensemble piece, but I have enjoyed every arrangement of Jupiter that I have heard. Mars does have some meaty brass parts. Personally I find Jupiter to be more fun to play and hear. And it can let the brass, especially the euphonium, shine. I figured that it would be easy enough to find as I remember playing it in high school. That is a stage where you have to be flexible about instrumentation. There were no Eb parts, except for the alto saxophones, so I figured that the original poster could find something that suited his/her particular group. Unfortunately, I don't know what arrangement the Mighty Antelope Brigade (ra, Ra, RA!) used (laugh).

    - Sara
    Thanks Sara. But, I am looking for a brass ensemble piece. Not a wind band piece with good brass parts. Maybe my question wasn't clear.

    Mike

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    Thanks John. I am not specifically looking for the Planets. That was just brought up in another response. I looked at the Ralph Sauer arrangement of Jupiter. Terrible euph part!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrooke View Post
    Thanks John. I am not specifically looking for the Planets. That was just brought up in another response. I looked at the Ralph Sauer arrangement of Jupiter. Terrible euph part!

    Mike
    That's why I gave you the links to the two publishers who have a ton of large brass ensemble music.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    I play in this type of ensemble. Some good stuff here, scored and arranged for brass:

    https://www.ebrassmusic.com/store/c4...et_Series.html

    https://www.boulderbrass.org/big-brass

    John
    Last edited by JTJ; 02-19-2020 at 07:17 PM. Reason: jtj

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