Don’t Play with Gunns!
About “Don’t Play with Gunns!” Big Band Arrangement
Inspired by Henry Mancini’s iconic TV theme to the popular 1960s series, “Peter Gunn”, this exciting Andy Firth original grooves from start to finish!
Featuring a “detective music” type theme with tightly clustered saxophones, punchy brass section lines, and a written or improvised alto sax solo.
The arrangement opens with an explosive figure followed by a sound-a-like “Peter Gunn!” bass and guitar riff
The saxes play the main theme in spread-voicing while the brass punctuate this with short hits.
The brass takes the bridge section and this leads to a re-stating of the main theme only this time in the brass.
A short descending phrase using contrary motion leads to an alto solo and this leads to the main theme played by the trumpets.
The saxes punctuate this theme with rapid close-positioned trills and this leads to the final series of descending chords much as the original “Peter Gunn!” theme did.
This chart will thrill and delight your audiences for many years to come!
Ranges and Technical Aspects:
Technical and Ranges: Tpt 1: B above the stave. Trombone 1: Gb above the stave.
4th Trombone: Bass Trombone but the part has been converted for tenor trombone.
Moderate technical and rhythmic difficulty. Unison semi-quaver lines occasionally.
Soloists: Written/Impro: Alto 1 but can be opened for another soloist (one chord only Am6)
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