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Repertoire and Music Selection
One of the things that the members of Small Batch Brass enjoy is playing all different types of music.
While other brass quintets stick to the same staples (transcriptions of Bach and Gabrielli, Ewald, Ewazen, etc.) we love doing things that are a bit outside the box.
So not only do we have the traditional quintet repertoire (suitable for weddings, graduations, etc.), we also have a wide variety of jazz, Dixieland, blues, and even rock/pop music that can liven up any reception, party, or corprate event. Several of our members are also experienced arrangers, so if you have a specific request for a piece to make your even one-of-a-kind, we can usually accomodate those requests.
Here are some of the most popular traditional wedding pieces.
- Prelude: The prelude establishes the mood, so generally music selections are calm and relaxing. Usually, prelude music is about 15 minutes total, played as guests arrive and are seated.
- Traditional selections: Mouret: Rondeau, Humperdink: Hansel and Gretel, Bach: Air on the G string, Vivaldi: Largo from Winter, Pachelbel: Canon in D, Handel: Air from Water Music, Schubert: Ave Maria
- Processional: This music is generally a bit more stately. Most weddings feature two or three processionals – one for the mothers, one for the bridal party, and one for the bride herself.
- Traditional Selections:
- For the Seating of the Mothers, generally, the music is similar to prelude music – calm and tranquil. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is a popular piece, as are the pieces mentioned under prelude music.
- Bridal Party: This music is generally a bit grander and majestic than the music for the mothers. Common selections include Clarke: Trumpet Tune, Mouret: Rondeau.
- Bride’s Entrance: This is the grandest of the processionals. Common selections are Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (“Here comes the bride…”), and Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary.
- Traditional Selections:
- Interlude(s): Often, ceremonies will have moments of reflection, communion, lighting the unity candle, etc. This music is generally similar to the prelude music. Sometimes more contemporary music fits in nicely here.
- Traditional selections: Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire, Schubert: Ave Maria, Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling In Love.
- Recessional: Rousing, energetic, and cheerful music to be played as the bride and groom (and the rest of the wedding party) leave.
- Traditional selections: Purcell: Trumpet Tune, Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music, Handel: La Rejouissance, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.
- Postlude: About 10-15 minutes of music to play as guests exit. Similar in style to the recessional.
- Traditional selections: Anything from the recessional lists makes great postlude music!
Music for Anniversaries
Music for an anniversary depends a lot on the musical preferences of the couple.
We have lots of old standards, like Autumn Leaves, Birdland, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, as well as newer songs great for the occassion. With our extensive list of jazz, big band, and popular music, though, we have musical hits from just about every decade covered! As always, if you have a particular request, we have some great arrangers and can probably make almost anything happen!
Music for Graduation
While lots of graduations are using modern pop music, we think that no matter the genre of music you want, Small Batch Brass is probably the best ensemble for any graduation – indoors or out!
We have the graduation “classics” like Pomp and Circumstance or Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and we also have lots of classic and modern jazz, blues, and pop tunes that can make your graduation event one to remember.
Music for Other Events
We have an extensive repertoire suitable for all sorts of private or business parties or corporate events.
Whether you want something upbeat and energetic for a party or laid-back and soothing for background music, we have repertoire that can help you create the perfect environment for you and your guests!