Jazz, Pop Music Arrangements for Steel Drums

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Ave Verum Corpus 
Borning Day
Carol of the Bells
Erev Shel Shoshanim 
Feliz Navidad
Fum Fum Fum 
God Everywhere
God Is Here
Hanerot Halalu
Hanukkah Medley
The Holly and The Ivy
Holy, 0 Lord
How 'Bout You?
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Lead Me Lord
Lift Your Voice 
Little Drummer Boy
Mary's Little Boy Child
On Our Way Home 
Open the Doors 
Pachebel Christmas Canon
Pie Jesu
The Prayer
Steel Pan Christmas
The Virgin Mother Had a Baby Boy
Scoring Abbreviations:
Lead (Tenor) L
Double Tenor DT
Double Second D2
Guitar G
Cello C
Tenor Bass TB
Bass B
Percussion Perc
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Ave Verum Corpus
By W. A. Mozart
Arr. by James Leyden
Said to be Mozart's last composition before his untimely death at age 35, Ave Verum corpus is one of his shortest and yet most beautiful creations. The key to this beauty, when played on steel drums, lies in achieving a smooth, seamless musical line in all the parts. In so doing, you will be able to emulate a choral effect. This piece will do wonders in building the tremolo skills of your players.

Product ID: 1116                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G, C, TB, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Borning Day
A West Indian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
In the Caribbean, the story of the Nativity finds expression not only in the traditional bible setting, but also as is evidenced in this gentle carol. The setting of this carol embraces the poetry and music of a unique island culture. Nowhere will you find a more appropriate song for your Christmas concert. Although this arrangement is designed to feature the singers, it will also serve very well as an instrumental by substituting pans, winds or brass for the vocal part.

Product ID: 1135                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B,
*unison Soprano/Alto vocal
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Carol of the Bells
Ukrainian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
An exciting new version of the seasonal favorite, this arrangement celebrates bells, both big and small. In the introduction, pans playing in fourths create the sound of church bells nearby while in the body of the arrangement, the "sweet silver bells" are featured. Underscoring everything, the basses and (optional) chimes evoke the sounds of church bells in the distance. We hope that you and your players will enjoy creating the special mood which this arrangement suggests.

Product ID: 1136                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2, G/C, TB/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Erev Shel Shoshanim
Israeli Folk Song - Night of the Roses
Arr. by James Leyden
As the Diaspora scattered the Jewish people around the world, so this beautiful Israeli folk song has traveled with them. The melody is unforgettable and your players will enjoy the arpeggiated chords and rich sonorities of this arrangement.

Product ID: 1150                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Feliz Navidad
Music by Jose Feliciano
Arr. by J. Marc Svaline
A happy Mexican Christmas song as popular today as it was when it was written in 1970. The arrangement is easy to play and fast to put together for your holiday concert.

Product ID: 1140                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Fum Fum Fum
Spanish Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
This lively Spanish carol is not heard as frequently as most carols during the holiday season. Use this to your advantage and program it for all of your Christmas gigs.

Product ID: 1141                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

God Everywhere
Mark Repasky
This is a Thanksgiving-themed composition. The lyrics also make reference to the beauty and power of the natural world that surrounds us, all thanks to God's creative power. From noted ?hymn writer Isaac Watts comes the opening statement; "This is the day that the Lord has made, he calls the hours his own."

Product ID: 1178                      
Scoring:
Lead, Double Second, Guitar/Cello, Bass, Voice
Level:
Medium
Price:
$40.00

God Is Here
Mark Repasky
One of Mark Repasky's earliest compositions for pans (2010), "God Is Here" is scored for pans with vocal soloist. There are parts for Double Tenor and for Double Seconds, which if desired, can both be played by Double Seconds. A drum set is not included in the score, but would definitely enhance any performance of this piece. By listening to the music a few times, many drummers can adjust to the style and become a valuable part of the ensemble. This is a worship piece, but it is also suitable for almost any religious gathering. The vocal part is paramount and use of a microphone is necessary. The message of this composition is summed up in the title, "God I Here". We have gathered for worship, and we know God is here among his people. And we worship him with singing, bent knee and prayer. And we do all of this with great confidence and exuberance, as pans can uniquely do. Mark Repasky always strives to create pan parts that are well designed for the instrument, and fun and interesting to play.

Product ID: 1177                      
Scoring:
Lead-Double Tenor-Double Second-Guitar/Cello-Bass-Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$40.00

Hanerot Halalu
Israeli Folk Song
Arr. by Marc Svaline
This Jewish holiday number has a slow section that accelerates to a fevered pace at the end! Get your audience involved with hand claps along the way and have them join in with a lusty "Hey" at the end! Great fun for all.

Product ID: 1151                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Hanukkah Medley
3 Festival Songs,
Arr. by James Leyden
Songs of Hanukkah celebrate not only the Victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians in 136 B.C. but also the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. The celebration lasts 8 days during which time traditional meals are prepared, games are played and songs are sung. This medley, which includes The Dreidel Song, The Song of the Lights and Oh, Hanukkah is a worthy addition to your holiday programs

Product ID: 1152                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B,
*optional SATB chorus
Level:
Medium
Price:
$50.00

The Holly and The Ivy
Old English Carol
Arr. by J. Marc Svaline
A beautiful contemporary carol as introduced by the "Mannheim Steamroller" group. There is an optional section that would work well with an added instrumental (flute) duet. The carol is effective with or without the instrumental duet as those parts are covered in the lead and double second parts.

Product ID: 1144                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Holy, 0 Lord
Mark Repasky
Steel pans are highly adaptable to music of many genres. Here, Mark Repasky has arranged a section from the Baroque composer George Frederic Handel's opera Xerxes for pans and vocal solo. This is an excellent study piece for legato playing on pans. The score calls for rolls on all notes longer than a quarter note. Designed for church use, this piece is essentially a praise song in a classical setting. It contains long, dramatic phrases for the vocalist and pans alike.

Product ID: 1179                      
Scoring:
Lead, Double Seconds, Guitar/Cello, Bass, Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$35.00

How 'Bout You?
Mark Repasky
How 'Bout You? celebrates the Sunday worship experience. The text is all about coming to church on Sunday mornings. The piece includes a short improv section for lead tenors. This bright and lively piece is fun to play and can be successfully presented without the vocal part. There is a challenging section for lead tenors and double 2nds, measures 45 through 62 that requires extra practice, but the rest of the music is a quick learn.

Product ID: 1181                      
Scoring:
Lead, Double Second, Guitar/Cello, Bass, Vocal
Level:
Medium Easy
Price:
$40.00

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
TBA
Description TBA

Product ID: 1171                      
Scoring:
TBA
Level:
TBA
Price:
$50.00

Lead Me Lord
Mark Repasky
This popular short anthem was composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) and is extracted from a larger work titled "Praise the Lord, 0 My Soul". It is often sung by church choirs and is found in a number of hymnals, including the recent United Methodist Hymnal published in 1989. Samuel Sebastian Wesley is the grandson of famed hymn writer Charles Wesley, whose brother John Wesley is considered the founder of the Methodist church. He grew up in a musical family and served as organist at large English cathedrals most of his adult life, including Hereford Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral.

Product ID: 1180                      
Scoring:
Lead, Double Second, Guitar/Cello, Bass, Voice
Level:
Easy
Price:
$25.00

Lift Your Voice
Mark Repasky
This is a high- energy worship piece, but it is also suitable for almost any religious gathering. It would be an excellent call to worship/Introit, with the singer calling us to "join the throng", and to "all sing along". It also makes reference to lithe gifts we bring" .... an Offertory music theme. The mood is definitely upbeat and inviting! There are parts for Double Tenor and for Double Seconds, which if desired, can both be played by Double Seconds. A drum set is not included in the score, but would definitely enhance any performance of this piece. By listening to the music a few times, many drummers can adjust to the style and become a valuable part of the ensemble. Mark Repasky always strives to create pan parts that are well designed for the instrument, and fun and interesting to play. In fact, this piece would work well in a secular setting by leaving out the vocal part.. .. try it and see!

Product ID: 1173                      
Scoring:
Lead-Double Second-Guitar/Cello-Bass
Level:
Medium
Price:
$40.00
MP3 sound bite

Little Drummer Boy
Arr. by James Leyden
This Christmas classic is music well suited to Steel Drums. This easily prepared selection with be a real crowd pleaser and can be used as an audience sing along.

Product ID: 1145                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Mary's Little Boy Child
Arr. by Jester Hairston
First made popular by Harry Belafonte, this lilting calypso is perfect material for your Christmas-time programs.

Product ID: 1146                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

On Our Way Home
Mark Repasky
This is an upbeat song especially well-suited to worship services. The lyrics include the words "Aren't you glad you're here today, worshiping Him" as well as references to moving on toward heaven. The middle section starting at measure 45 contains very sudden change of dynamics, somewhat uncommon in steel pan music. A drum set is not included in the score, but would definitely enhance any performance of this piece. By listening to the music a few times, many drummers can adjust to the style and become a valuable part of the ensemble. Mark Repasky always strives to create pan parts that are well designed for the instrument, and fun and interesting to play. In fact, this piece would work well in a secular setting by leaving out the vocal part .... try it and see!

Product ID: 1175                      
Scoring:
Lead-Double Second-Guitar/Cello-Bass-Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$40.00
MP3 sound bite

Open the Doors
Mark Repasky
The birthplace of steel pans is the Caribbean. Only later did the instruments migrate to the US, where they are becoming more and more popular. Steel pans have replaced organs and pianos in some Caribbean churches, and in the US, steel pans are starting to appear in some local churches, including Mark Repasky's church in Tallahassee, Florida. This piece was written for one of his two church steel pan groups, Pans of Praise. The lyrics of this energetic piece focus on what happens when the worship service is over. It's time to open the doors, go out into the everyday world and spread the good news. A drum set is not included in the score, but would definitely enhance any performance of this piece. By listening to the music a few times, many drummers can adjust to the style and become a valuable part of the ensemble. Mark Repasky always strives to create pan parts that are well designed for the instrument, and fun and interesting to play.

Product ID: 1176                      
Scoring:
Lead-Double Second-Guitar/Cello-Bass-Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$40.00
MP3 sound bite

Pachebel Christmas Canon
Arr. by Marc Svaline
Johann Pachebel's Canon in D is world famous. With a chord progression accomodating the melody of the Christmas carol, The First Noel, this arrangement becomes a beautiful pan and choral christmas treasure.

Product ID: 1148                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B, and S-A Choir
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Pie Jesu
From Requiem
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Arr. Marc Svaline
For a beautiful and unexpected change of pace in your next concert, we recommend this vocal duet from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.

Product ID: 1039                      
Scoring:
L, D2, C, B,
*Includes Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

The Prayer
Arranged by Marc Svaline
Andrew Bocelli and Celion Dion made this duet popular. Got a great pair of singers? Here is your chance to showcase them and "Wow the Crowd!"

Product ID: 1127                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B,
*Includes Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Steel Pan Christmas
Mark Repasky
Christmas and steel pans are a great match! The composer has cleverly combined original music with short sections of text from three traditional Christmas carols/songs, "On this Day Earth Shall Ring", "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Silent Night". The result is an upbeat, easy to learn song suitable for Sunday morning services, Christmas Eve or Christmas season concerts. Adding additional ad lib percussion is optional with this piece. An interesting option: Play verse 3 (Silent Night) starting at measure 6 with quiet rolled chords at a slower tempo, then suddenly return to full tempo at the refrain for an energetic finish.

Product ID: 1174                      
Scoring:
Lead-Double Second-Guitar/Cello-Bass-Vocal
Level:
Medium Easy
Price:
$35.00

The Virgin Mother Had a Baby Boy
West Indian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
A perfect way to integrate your chorus or choir, Underpinned with a gentle hybrid Island/ Bossa Nova percussion, this lovely carol acquires a special charm.

Product ID: 1149                      
Scoring:
L, D2-1, D2-2. G/C, TB/B, Perc, *SA Chorus
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

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