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Perspectives LogoThe Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band proudly brings you Perspectives: Resources for Jazz Education. Perspectives includes original sheet music for jazz ensemble (ranging in difficulty from middle school to professional level), corresponding downloadable recordings by the Jazz Ambassadors, discographies, Pro Tips videos, promotional material, and much more. All Perspectives resources are free. Please continue to check the website to see what new things we have added. As longtime supporters of jazz education in America, the members of the Jazz Ambassadors hope you find Perspectives to be an invaluable resource.

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See If I Don’t - SFC Paul White EASY (December 2012)
Medium Swing Blues for beginning band. Easy brass ranges with lead trumpet maximum to a written A above the staff and trombone maximum to a written E above the staff. Guitar part includes tab as well as chord symbols. Piano and Bass parts include chord symbols and written out voicings/bass lines. Solo sheet with written out solos and chords transposed for every instrument.
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Synonymic Bossa - SFC Paul White EASY (December 2013)
Medium tempo bossa nova with chord changes for improvised solos in all parts. Melodic soli between tenor saxophone, trumpet, vibraphone, and guitar. Brief ensemble “shout” section. Highest trumpet note is printed Bb. Optional vibraphone and auxiliary percussion parts included.
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Walnut Creek - SGM Gene Thorne EASY (October 2013)
Medium ballad for younger bands, featuring the saxophone section and short written solos for piano. Easy brass ranges, with Trumpet 1 up to a printed G above the staff and Trombone 1 up to a printed F above the staff.  All rhythm section parts include chord symbols, and Piano and Bass parts also include printed voicings/bass lines.
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Not All But Most - SFC Paul White EASY (December 2015)
Medium Swing medium swing in the style of the Count Basie Band. The top trumpet note is a G on top of the staff, and solo changes are written in the Alto 1, Trumpet 2, and Trombone 2 parts. The melody is stated followed by a solo section over the form, and finally, a shout section sends the chart out, including a short tag. This is an excellent chart to help develop basic swing feel throughout the band, and for beginning the discussion of rhythm section roles, specifically the Freddie Green style of guitar comping in the big band.
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It Wasn’t You - SFC Paul White Moderate (December 2019)
NEW Chart3/4 Jazz Waltz - contrafact for Intermediate Band featuring the lead Alto Saxophone with chord changes for improvisation inspired by the jazz standard My Romance. Medium brass ranges with Trumpet 1 up to written A and Trombone 1 up to a written G above the staff. Special emphasis on syncopation and dividing the 3/4 measure into 2 dotted quarter notes. Brief Saxophone Soli followed by a full ensemble Shout Chorus.
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Annapolis Sail - SSG Daniel Jamieson Moderate (December 2019)
NEW ChartMedium Swing - Inspired by the beautiful waters of Annapolis, this medium swing contrafact on Autumn Leaves offers solo opportunities for flugelhorn (or trumpet), tenor sax, and trombone. This arrangment has a few complex triplet rhythms. Focusing on the subtle dynamics will help bring this piece to life!
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A New Standard - MSG Vince Norman Moderate (December 2013)
Medium tempo bossa nova with solos in alto saxophone and trombone. Solo parts include chord changes for improvised solos, as well as printed suggested solos. Trumpets double on flugelhorn (optional); piano and bass include both written parts and chord changes. Highest trumpet note is printed Ab.
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Celestial Swingin’ Blues - MSG Vince Norman Moderate (Original album release)
Medium swing/shuffle blues in Bb based on the first four bars of the verse to “Swinging on a Star.” Sax soli between solos in trumpet 2 and tenor sax 1. Top lead trumpet note is A above the staff (section unison).
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Chris - SGM Gene Thorne Moderate (Original album release)
This floating 3/4 straight eighth ballad is a tenor feature. Blend and balance is very important throughout, particularly for the instruments playing in bars 51 through 57. Top trumpet note is D above high C.
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Infernal Jamnation - SGM Jeffrey Lopez Moderate (Original album release)
Jazz Shuffle with a 12/8 feel B section. Baritone sax solo and piano solo, no woodwind doubles. Top trumpet note is high C.
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Lili’s Song - SFC Paul White Moderate (Original album release)
Progressive medium swing/groove composition featuring Tenor Sax 1 and Piano. Trumpet section doubles on Flugel Horn. Melodic duet played between Tenor Sax 1 and Flugel Horn 2. Brief ensemble shout with independence of sections. Top trumpet note is Bb.
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Mr. Timmons - SGM Gene Thorne Moderate (December 2014)
A medium swing chart written in the style of pianist Bobby Timmons. Improvised solo for tenor saxophone (suggested solo included). Moderate brass ranges with a high note of concert F above the staff for both trombone and trumpet. Guitar, piano, and bass include both written parts and chord changes.
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Prime Sus-pect - SGM Darryl Brenzel Moderate (Original album release)
A medium tempo swing tune with a bluesy/mysterioso vibe akin to “Killer Joe.” Sax solo for either alto 1 or tenor 1 and for trumpet (optional guitar). Top trumpet note is G on top of the staff.
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Together Houses - MSG Vince Norman Moderate (October 2013)
Medium ballad featuring alto sax. Moderate brass ranges, with Trumpet 1 up to a printed G (optional B) above the staff and Trombone 1 up to F above the staff. Piano and Bass parts include both chord symbols and printed voicings/bass lines. Guitar part consists of chord symbols only. Alto Sax solo part includes chord symbols only, but solo pages include both a transcribed solo and an easier solo.
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Pea Shooter - SGM Jeffrey Lopez Difficult (Original album release)
A straight-ahead jazz chart featuring drums and tenor sax. No woodwind doubles. Top trumpet note is F# above high C.
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Resolution - SFC Paul White Difficult (Original album release)
Pensive ballad featuring tenor sax 1 based on the harmonic content of Thad Jones’ “Kids Are Pretty People.” Saxes double on flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. Trumpet section doubles on flugelhorn. Double-time section towards the end of tenor solo leads to the climax of the work. Extreme range in trumpet 1 and rhythmically challenging parts in trombone section.
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Träumerei - SFC Paul White Difficult (December 2013)
Jazz ballad arrangement of the famous piano work by Robert Schumann featuring solo piano. Brief improvised tenor sax solo over written melodic line. Extended piano cadenza. Trumpets double on flugelhorn; baritone saxophone doubles on bass clarinet. Delicate “chorale” sections in combination with subtle background figures. Highest flugelhorn note is printed B; lowest bass trombone note is C.
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Rosa Mae Mary Lou Williams, arr. SFC Paul Armstrong Difficult (Original album release)
While Mary Lou’s original recording leaned more towards rock ’n’ roll, SFC Paul Armstrong’s arrangement has more of a New Orleans flavor. Note how the bass line, guitar rhythms, and piano lines all combine to form one dense sound.
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Goodbye Mr. Schulz - MSG Vince Norman Difficult (November 2015)
Jazz Waltz written by former chief arranger, MSG Vince Norman.
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MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES

Pro Tips PRO TIPS ONLINE VIDEO SERIES
PRO TIPS is a series of educational videos by members of The U.S. Army Field Band, answering students’ and educators’ frequently asked questions. Dealing with such topics as breathing, instrument maintenance, practice techniques, embouchure, and much more, new Pro Tips videos are released bi-weekly.
Educational Reference Recordings EDUCATIONAL REFERENCE RECORDINGS
The United States Army Field Band has produced a series of EDUCATIONAL REFERENCE RECORDINGS on compact disc. These recordings were painstakingly researched to authenticate standard performance practices and reflect the original intent of the composers. The enclosed booklets include historical background on the composers, detailed program notes on each selection, and vintage photographs.
Inside the Big Band INSIDE THE BIG BAND
The United States Army Field Band has produced a series of instructional videos for distribution to music educators nationwide. These videos cover a wide range of topics, including a brief history of each instrument and methods for improving tone, technique, intonation, and ensemble.

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