A Day of Arranging

Posted on | Tyler

Just yesterday, I finished a pep band arrangement that I decided to do. I did an arrangement of the popular Super Mario Bros. theme for pep band. I have it up on my works page under the music section of my site, and you can view the piece from there.

Doing this particular arrangement wasn’t really hard for me. I already had a piano copy of the music, and had worked on a Clarinet ensemble for it, but never actually gave it out. Well, I did, but not publicly. The original piano sheet music was written in the key of C, with a 4/4 time signature. To make things easier, in this arrangement I made the notes easier to read putting the song in cut time, and in the key of B flat just a whole step down from C. It still sounds great, and I’m sure it’ll be fairly easy to play.

I’m still getting used to the whole arranging and composing thing. I hope to learn more about it through college and such. This is something I really like to do, and I want to become good at it. It’ll take time, and step by step, I’m sure I can master it.

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  • Great work here. For pep band I think that it works great to keep the rhythms, time and key signatures simple. However, perhaps for your next arranging project you could add some different harmonies, rhythms, key/time signatures, and dynamics.

    I do like how you have phrased the melody in some parts of the arrangement. Gives it a little edge. Thanks for sharing! (And thanks for adding a link to my site!)

    • Thank you for your thoughts! Haha I’ll keep those in mind, and you’re welcome for linking to your site! =)

  • what i REALLY like is that in the other pieces, you embedded my videos! awesome!

leclipseujano | July 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

what i REALLY like is that in the other pieces, you embedded my videos! awesome!

J.P. Dennis | July 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

Great work here. For pep band I think that it works great to keep the rhythms, time and key signatures simple. However, perhaps for your next arranging project you could add some different harmonies, rhythms, key/time signatures, and dynamics.

I do like how you have phrased the melody in some parts of the arrangement. Gives it a little edge. Thanks for sharing! (And thanks for adding a link to my site!)

Tyler | July 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

Thank you for your thoughts! Haha I’ll keep those in mind, and you’re welcome for linking to your site! =)