Issue: January-March 2012
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An ABC Masters Candidate Special Presentation
Soloing With the Band PDF Library – Medium Level Melody Solos
by Paul Rataczak

Soloing with the BandMusic PDF Library – Medium Level Melody Solos

Cocobolo Polka – Xylophone Solo, optional Cornet Solo
Concert Key(s): F/C/Bb     Meter: 2/4            Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Solo Range: Xylophone bottom space F to F above staff; optional Solo Cornet C below staff to top of staff G

Comments: Could be done as Flute solo reading the Xylophone part. Sixteenth note melodies with sixteenth tripolets. Polka tempo can make solo more difficult – base final tempo on soloist’s ability. Several rallentando/ritardando sections leading back to full tempos. Db Piccolo only - no Flute part, Bass Clarinet to Bb Bass TC. No Score.

The Fire Fly Galop – Xylophone Solo, optional Flute or Cornet Solo
Concert Key(s): F/Bb     Meter: 2/4            Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Solo Range: Second space A to Double G above staff

Comments: Could be done as a Flute solo reading the Xylophone part up an octave in low phrases. Solo Cornet part has simplified Solo cues. Eighth and sixteenth note melodies with many grace notes. Galop tempo can make solo more difficult – base final tempo on soloist’s ability. Bass Clarinet to Bb Bass, substitute Tenor Sax to Baritone TC, Baritone Sax to Eb Basses. No Score.

Jupiter, Polka Petite – Cornet Solo
Concert Key: Eb/Ab     Meter: 4/4, 2/4     Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Solo Range: B natural below staff to A above staff

Comments: Begins with Andante moderato melodic section in 4/4 with Cadenza before bulk of piece in 2/4 Polka. Bass Clarinet to Bb Bass TC. No Score.

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