From the Mind of Nick Lane: Christmas Brass Quintets
“3 French Carols” Charts for Brass Quintet
3 French Carols is a medley of Christmas carols that you might recognize but might not know originated in France.
“God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” Charts for Brass Quintet
God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen is a 4 minute version of the classic Christmas Carol.
Blue Home – a medley of Elvis’ Blue Christmas (featuring your tuba player!) and the bittersweet Christmas classic “I’ll be Home for Christmas” written for euphonium (or optional trombone). programs @ 4:25.
Frosty the Snowman
A medium swing jazz version for brass quintet & added drum set…. featuring trumpet jazz and a little vocal rap welcoming the snowy Christmas icon. duration 3:05.
Joy to the World
A New Orleans infused street parade featuring brass quintet and drums. A short trumpet jazz blow and step out moments for each instrument before catching a unison riff for a big finish. duration 2:47.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
A left of center chorale breaks into a jazzy trombone melody statement followed by some medium swinging French Horn jazz. This is a rhythmically and harmonicly aggressive take on the classic hymn. duration 3:05.
Santa’s Sleigh Ride
A toe tapping mash up of “Sleigh Ride” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”……you better watch out, there’s some surprises and of course, a couple of whip snaps and a horse whinny to take it home. duration 2:34.
The Christmas Song
A beautifully re-harmonized version of the Christmas classic arranged by Ken Kugler. Lots of holiday cheer in this ballad that runs 2:40.
What Child is Born
A medley of “What Child is This” (Greensleeves) and the jazz classic “A Child is Born” featuring euphonium & french horn on the Greensleeves chorale. Flugelhorn takes on the melody of A Child is Born into a full chorus of jazz improvisation. Lots of warm sonorities with jazzy holiday sensitivities. programs @ 4:42.
Wonderful Time of the Bells
A couple of Christmas classics blended together…..a quintet feature on “Carol of the Bells” and a tuba statement about “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” blends into a fiery finish. programs @ 3:30.