Volume Four in this series includes five tunes popular in the central river valley regions of the growing United States in the mid-1800s, tunes that form a good part of the cultural background of this country’s musical heritage. The tunes included in this medley are:
My Old Kentucky Home — Starting with a trombone solo or section soli, this tune will be instantly recognized and appreciated by just about any age group in your audience. It then grows to a full band rendition of this favorite tune.
The Blue-Tail Fly — Also known as “Jimmy Crack Corn,” this is another tune that is already a favorite of people everywhere; this arrangement features an upbeat version for the chorus, alternating with easy 5/4 segments for the verses; excellent opportunities for players to learn to watch the conductor!
Down In The Valley — Played in a fast (one beat) 3/4 time, this tune gives a relaxing interlude between two faster upbeat melodies, and will frequently start the audience singing along with the melody.
The Arkansas Traveler — Frequently used as the tune for “I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee…” this tune will bring a smile to everyone’s faces, even the players as they find a few melodic surprises in here.
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes — One of the most haunting ballads to come from this time period, this tune makes a fitting conclusion to the medley.
This piece has been carefully scored to be a challenging Grade 3, and would be another ideal piece for state contest lists.
Here is a Scrolling-Score video, illuminating a recording of the premiere performance of this work by the Mississiippi Community Symphonic band on May 7, 2009. Follow along in the score and the MCSB plays this delightful work.
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This work will make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.