Back in 2006 I was commissioned to write an arrangement of all the U.S. armed forces themes into a medley for the San Luis Valley Big Band. I always enjoy doing things like this, taking non-jazz tunes and putting them into a jazz context. I had also done this with the Adams State College alma mater back when I taught music there (2000-2003). ASC is located in the San Luis Valley, which is my connection with this group.
Watch the above YouTube video to hear the San Luis Valley Big Band play through my arrangement. The SLV Big Band started up after I moved from the area, so I never was personally involved with them. If you’ve never been to this part of southern Colorado, it’s a beautiful part of the country, but pretty rural and towns are relatively far away from each other. I’m very impressed that the SLV Big Band has gotten 17 jazz musicians in the area to commit to getting together frequently enough to put together a big band like this. Kudos to the SLV Big Band!
I’ve gotten a couple of inquiries from band leaders looking for an arrangement like this and wondering how they can get it. While I’m always willing to do business personally, what I need to do is get a high quality recording done of this arrangement so I can get it published.