Concert Band Arrangements

Sorry it’s been since March (nearly 6 months) since I’ve last posted. As mentioned in the last post, I’ve been doing custom arrangements for a client that’s reached about 10 titles. Plus I’ve been working on series called “Any Size Church Orchestra series” of arrangements for church groups that never know from week to week who will be there. These arrangements, now available at my website, are playable by a wide combination of instruments.

But, today I want to feature my Concert Band arrangements. I will let the demo videos speak for themselves. (Please remember, these are demos from computer software and not mixed. I have neither the time to mix them nor money to hire a real band).

PS. If you’re in the Gainesville, Ocala area on October 16, 2016 I’m giving a solo piano concert featuring TV & Film music. It is at 2pm at the Church of the Mediator in Micanopy, FL.

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Monthly (quarterly?) post

News

I know I’ve been a bit behind in regular posts here and on my YouTube channel. I probably use Twitter more than anything so if you want to know the latest, follow me there. (@MusicbyJames).

Arrangements

As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been arranging some copyrighted material for distribution via SheetMusicPlus. I have some new titles available including “Crazy”, “Hawaii Five-O Theme”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” Mostly for solo piano but also a string quartet. Visit my SheetMusicPlus page to see all I have available.

Custom arrangements

I recently finished a custom instrumental arrangement for a church group in the Houston, TX area. The group consists of ages 11-18 with a few adults. This makes a total of four I’ve done for them. They’ve all been well received. I’m available to arrange or compose anything for any combination of instruments or styles. Drop me a note if interested. Here’s a video of the group playing my first arrangement. Remember, they are beginners.

MIDI files

I continue to provide MIDI files for a Lutheran church to use in their services. I send the files over the internet. They hook their computer up to the organ, select the registration they want, hit play and that’s their accompaniment to congregational singing and also some background music during communion. Any midi capable instrument (piano, synthesizer or organ) can be used to play the files.

Website

I continue to post new arrangements and compositions to my website, JamesGilbertMusic.com

Piano Lessons

Of course, I’m still teaching piano lessons locally. I can also teach via Skype if you aren’t in the area.

Church music

Being a church musician is a great way to have a steady gig as a musician. The small, rural parish church I play for had to give up its choir last November due to only 3 or 4 people (all inexperienced, non-musicians) showing up. But for Easter and weeks leading up to it we had some soloists sing in addition to some extra material from me. I offer consultation on how to make the most of your church music program and/or help in accompanying congregational singing – from a single pianist up to a large praise band or orchestra.

Is there anything in the way of tutorials or general information you’d like to see here on this page or my YouTube page.

 

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New and Unique music demos

New Music

As most readers of my blog know, I am distributing my compositions and arrangements via SheetMusicPlus Digital. It’s kind of like an Amazon Kindle author self-publishing service for composers & arrangers. They recently made arrangements with the rights holders of nearly 1,000 copyrighted songs to allow someone like me to make arrangements of those songs, without having to get permission. SheetMusicPlus collects payments for the copyright owner. I took advantage of the beta testing phase and tried my hand at 5 different titles. In the month or two they have been available, sadly only two titles have sold, but I’m hopeful as time goes by more people will find out about them and more will sell. The publisher sets the price based on the instrumentation.

You can view all the pieces I have available at my Music Catalog

In alphabetical order.

Awesome God is a handbell arrangement of what is typically a ‘praise’ chorus sung by congregations. Here’s a demo:

Billie Jean, the Michael Jackson hit, arranged in a quasi-classical style for orchestra. I think this would be a great hit with a high-school, college or community orchestra.

Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is the most unique. I told someone about the beta test and they suggested this song. I asked them what instruments I should arrange it for. They said Mandolin, Cello and Drums. So I did. Surprisingly, this was the first arrangement purchased. If I could set the price I’d set it at about half of what it is.

The Lord’s Prayer. The traditional Malotte setting. I’ve never seen this arranged for anything but 3 octave handbell choir so I did a 5-octave title.

Sound of Silence. The very popular Simon and Garfunkel piece from the 1960’s. I’ve never found a piano arrangement of this that had any sort of “wow” factor. I’ve tried to add some elements that a piano player will like to play.

I’ve had people abusing the comment capability here so I turned comments off. I still welcome comments. Contact me via my website JamesGilbertMusic.com and I’ll post the most interesting comments in future blogs.

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Where my music is being used

Map of my music usage

Updated Dec 2015. The point in the northeast of Greenland represents all the sales where people did not give their location.

Here’s a map showing where in the world my sheet music has been purchased via my distributor SheetMusicPlus.com. It only covers from March 2014 – October 2015. I plan to update it a few times a year.

Check out all the music I have available at http://jamesgilbertmusic.com/catalog.php

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Piano Concert results

Thanks for those that attended the movie & TV themed concert I did on Oct 25, 2015. The audience request section was more popular than I thought it would be. I got stumped on a couple of requests I didn’t know.This might become a regular/annual part of our concert series. I was able to “stump the audience” a few times with a few pieces nobody could guess. Prizes were handed out to those who could guess the hard ones. In addition to the audience participation sections I played a variety of TV and movie music spanning the years from Casablanca up to more current titles.

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Upcoming concerts

MicanopyChurchConcert Series

Church of the Mediator (pictured) in Micanopy may look old and small, but they do a lot of good music. For the 2015/2016 season, they are starting a concert series they hope to be a regular part of the community music scene.

TV & Movie music

On October 25 (Sunday) at 2:00pm I will be the performer at the first concert of the year. I will be presenting a solo piano program of your favorite TV and Movie music. There will be a wide variety of styles and shows/films presented. There will also be a short audience request section (see if you can stump me) and a section where the audience has to try and guess the music. Films include Star Wars, Chocolat, Superman, Chocolat and Mission Impossible. TV shows include The Simpsons, Star Trek, Doctor Who and Rawhide.

Holiday Concert featuring Theater Organ

For those that came and heard Peter Kinzie and I perform earlier this year and last December, this year Peter will be presenting a solo Christmas program. This will be on December 6, tentatively scheduled for 2:00pm. (Check back here closer to the date or follow the church’s facebook page). Peter will be bringing in a theater organ and presenting a wide variety of styles.

Shapenote Singers

Scheduled for January 2016, exact time and date to be announced. Come hear the Shapenote singers. A tradition from early American music in the South, this style of unaccompanied singing uses specially shaped notes to help learn and sing the music.

Trumpet and Organ

Scheduled for Spring 2016, exact time and date to be announced. A guest organist and trumpet soloist will be featured in this classical music program. The church’s very capable electronic organ will be featured. (The church is way too small to have a pipe organ. If you didn’t know it was electronic you’d think it was a pipe organ. Come to the program if you doubt it).

Follow me on Twitter (@MusicByJames) to keep up to date on the series.

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Storm aftermath

A little diversion from the usual. We had a little storm go through the area Aug 3, 2015.  It resulted in the flooding of the building shown at the end of the video. The video is at half-speed from its filming. The music is an original composition & recording of mine.

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