My Big Band Chart

Last night I was in the crawl space getting stuff out for Christmas, and I ran across one of my boxes of old stuff. Right on top was this (click on the image to enlarge it):


I was a music major, and I played in one of the better college big bands nationwide. I also as an assistant for the jazz program’s director. One of my jobs was copying out the individual parts from his original scores.

A few weeks before my last year these began, he told me he wanted me to do a feature and he’d be willing to arrange it if I’d copy out the parts.

Well how do you turn that down?!

We chose one of my favorite songs, “Emily,” and the arrangement turned out beautifully.

The score above is obviously in his handwriting, but the page below is the first page of the solo trombone part in my handwriting (again, click the image to enlarge it):


As a copyist I don’t think I had a career ahead of me, but I think I do have a Schulzian love of just the look of notes on a page. (By the way, did I just create the word “Schulzian?”)

Anyway, this is just a so-so photocopy of my lost originals, but I thought it’d be interesting to see my art style in music form.