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Cat # Title Grade Composer (arr.)
TRP-118 An Olcott Overture! [5] Ewazen, E.

Composer: Ewazen, Eric
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 15 seconds
Difficulty: 5
From the composer: "An Olcott Overture! is dedicated to my friend and publisher of several of my trumpet ensemble works, James Olcott. Stylistically and harmonically, the piece shows my Eastern European heritage, with rhythms that are in mixed meters and a texture which is gutsy and rustic. The bright, brilliant sound of the trumpet is yet another inspiration to me, with the sound of resonant fanfares and rich chords creating a heroic and celebratory sound." Setup on stage from left to right: 3-2-1-4-5-6. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
ITG Journal, October 2012, page 89:
..."a brilliant work..." "The dynamics, tone colors, and rhythmic intensity are both captivating and inspiring for the performer and audience."
- Brian Shook
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TRP-154 Antiphon for Trumpets [4] Pethel, S.

Composer: Pethel, Stan
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 1 minute and 29 seconds
Difficulty: 4
For two pairs of three trumpets, antiphonally set. Lots of rhythmic and melodic interplay. Very effective opener.
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TRP-001 Christmas Carol Accompaniments [3] Olcott, J.

Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: various
Difficulty: 3
Seven easy arrangements written in the most common keys for singing and are excellent as accompaniments or stand-alone pieces. Inventive and fun to play, the selections in the collection include Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, the First Noel, and O Tannenbaum. A very popular set.
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
"The CHRISTMAS CAROL ACCOMPANIMENTS...work very well as independent pieces...if they are used accompaniments to singing, the sixth part is optional. [The set includes Joy to the World (D), O Little Town of Bethlehem (F), Deck the Halls (F), Angels We Have Heard on High (G), Silent Night (B-flat), The First Noel (G), and O Tannenbaum (F)].
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University
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TRP-074 Cleveland Sketches [5] Needham, C.

Composer: Needham, Clint
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 9 minutes
Difficulty: 5
The second prize winner of the 2004 ITG Composition Contest (solo trumpet w/trumpet ensemble accompaniment) and premiered at the 2004 ITG Conference in Denver, this three-movement work is written for trumpet solo and trumpet ensemble accompaniment. All six parts are for C trumpets (which means that they could all be played on B-flats). All parts have lots of action and independence. Very idiomatic for trumpets but with fresh approaches to interplay, color, and accompaniment. Fanfares, warm melodies, playful rhythms. Movements' names: Crossing the Cuyahoga, The Skyline at Night, and The Emerald Necklace. From the composer: About Cleveland Sketches: The first movement, Crossing the Cuyahoga, is a heroic fanfare depicting the almost overwhelming scene of towering buildings as one crosses the river into Cleveland, Ohio. The serenity of the evening lights of the city as viewed from far away are the inspiration for The Skyline at Night, depicted by a lyrical song on flugelhorn accompanied by sustained notes in the cup-muted trumpet parts. The last movement, The Emerald Necklace, is a depiction of playful activity in the metroparks which surround the entire Cleveland area. - Clint Needham
ITG Journal, October 2008, page 87:
"...a great feature piece on a university-level trumpet ensemble recital program."
- James Zingara, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, USA
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TRP-124 Compressionism [6] D'Ambrosio, M.

Composer: D'Ambrosio, Mike
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C concert
Duration: 5 minutes and 55 seconds
Difficulty: 6
A very well-written and clever work with excellent moods, extending from introspective to very playful. Lots of intricate interplay. Fun to put together and perform. Requires good control, and well worth the time to put it together. Performed here by the Luther College Trumpet Choir, directed by John Cord. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
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TRP-064 Concert Fanfare [4] Ewazen, E.

Composer: Ewazen, Eric
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 4
A very strong and colorful work with the harmonic, melodic, and dynamic color for which Eric Ewazen is so well known; uses interplay between the various players and pairings to excellent effect. Contrasts between fanfaresque and legato playing and loud and soft abound throughout. The tessitura of the first trumpet is at the top of the staff, with high C being the top note. Fun to rehearse because of the smart writing, and the product is very satisfying for both player and audience. An excellent contribution to the genre.

A shortened and simplified version for four trumpets of this piece (grade 2 - great for junior high level) is available. Click here for more information.
ITG Journal, March 2003, page 78:
...highly recommended for trumpet ensemble at the university level.
- Galindo Rodriguez, Northwestern State University, LA
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TRP-010 Danny Boy [7] (Olcott)

Danny Boy

Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: B Major concert
Duration: 2 minutes
Difficulty: 7
Arranged for 2 piccolo trumpets in A, 1 E-flat trumpet and 3 B-flat trumpets, this lush arrangement is very lyrical and warm, highlighting control, balance, and beauty of phrase. Sounds wonderful in this rather unusual key.
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TRP-035 Doodads [6] Olcott, J.

Doodads

Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Accompaniment: Piano, guitar, bass and drums
Key: F Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 6
With piano, bass, guitar, drums. Shuffle/funk with lots of jazz trumpet section work as well as interaction betwen the parts. Solo space. A great deal of fun to play and an excellent change-of-pace for any concert.
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TRP-066 Fanfare for the International Trumpet Guild [5] Uber, D.

Composer: Uber, David A.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Ab Major concert
Duration: 4 minutes
Difficulty: 5
Actually two fanfares, one in 6/8, the other in 2/4. Typical Uber stuff, namely lots of interplay, dynamic variation, and harmonic interest. Does the job as fanfares while still being musically interesting.
ITG Journal, June 2005, page 90:
"This fanfare is a wonderful piece for a talented high school or university trumpet ensemble."
- Justin Albritton, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
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TRP-042 Fanspherical Flourishes [7] Reuter, R.

Composer: Reuter, Rocky J.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 2 minutes and 10 seconds
Difficulty: 7
A through-written 20th century fanfare, highly idiomatic and dramatic. Commissioned by the Columbus (Ohio) Trumpet Consort. From the composer: "The title represents a combination of three words: “fanfare,” representing the purpose of the work; “atmospheric,” representing the “feel” of the piece; and “sphere,” representing the optional spatial placement of the performers around the perimeter of the performing space. This aggressively rhythmic miniature includes bitonal triadic clusters (scored for two opposing trios) and octatonic passages " NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
ITG Journal, September, 1993, page 53:
"...satisfying... exciting, strongly rhythmic work." "If your trumpet ensemble has a strong first player and solid supporting cast, this piece is for you!."
- Steven A. Schiemann, North Texas State University
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TRP-136 Forever Sky [7] Hobbs, J.

Composer: Hobbs, Joshua
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 4 minutes and 9 seconds
Difficulty: 7
A striking and innovative work with rhythmic, harmonic and melodic excitement. Beautifully written and great fun for the players and audience alike. Three of the parts double on flugelhorns. The recording says it all.
ITG Journal, Jaunary 2015, page 101:
"...an exciting piece for the intermediate/advanced undergraduate trumpet ensemble, and directors will appreciate the challenges presented. Developing consistency of intonation, balance, and color between C trumpets and flugelhorns will challenge students’ abilities to listen and adjust within the ensemble (as will) frequent use of double tonguing, syncopation, duple/triple rhythmic ostinati, extremities of range and large intervallic leaps. The piece can effectively be used to open or close a recital. Beautiful melodic lines, interesting group textures, and a wide rhythmic vocabulary await those who have time to prepare this excellent piece to performance quality."
- Jesse Cook, Northeastern State University, Tahequah, OK
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TRP-151 Homage [6] D'Ambrosio, M.

Composer: D'Ambrosio, Mike
Number of Trumpets: 6
Duration: 5 minutes and 37 seconds
Difficulty: 6
"To the memory of Adolph "Bud" Herseth and Gustav Mahler." An excellent work with lots of rhythmic and melodic interplay. Performed here by the Luther College Trumpet Choir, directed by John Cord. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
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TRP-016 Hornpipe from Watermusic [3] Handel, G. (Olcott)

Hornpipe from Watermusic

Composer: Handel, George Frideric
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 1 minute and 10 seconds
Difficulty: 3
A part of the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Ensemble Series, therefore straightforward, and requires a minimum of rehearsal time. Well-paced, majestic and colorful. Great for teaching style
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
"(The Hornpipe is one of) nine extremely attractive and useful arrangements for trumpet ensembles of from five to nine parts.... simple, straighforward, and require a minimum of rehearsal time. They do not make extreme demands in terms of range or endurance...music is clearly printed, with no awkward page turns. (Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts whilerotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University, Univer
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TRP-099 Ice Town [5] D'Ambrosio, M.

Composer: D'Ambrosio, Mike
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 6 minutes
Difficulty: 5
Lots of clever interaction mark this intricate, idiomatic work. The recording says it all.
ITG Journal, June 2012, page 97:
...exciting to listen to, rewarding to rehearse, and fun to perform. It would be an excellent opening selection on a trumpet recital, performance for a collegiate trumpet studio recital, or work to record for a contest.
- Brian Winegardner
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TRP-075 If Thou Be Near [3] Bach, J. (Ford)

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
Arranger: Ford, Barry
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 15 seconds
Difficulty: 3
A beautiful rendition of this classic. A difficulty mark of "3' because of the phrasing. Great for a meditative, change of pace situation in concert or church settings
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TRP-106 Neon Fanfare [5] Ross, E.

Composer: Ross, Elaine M.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Eb Major concert
Duration: 5 minutes and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Called a fanfare but rather a major work. Starts quietly and goes into an aggressive 7/8. Very colorful harmonies and interplays. Challenging and fun to work on. The recording is by the Central Washington Trumpet Club.
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TRP-054 New Century - 2000 A.D. [4] Uber, D.

New Century - 2000 A.D.

Composer: Uber, David A.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Ab Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: 4
A fanfaresque piece with a good rousing style. Excellent for teaching rhythm, ensemble interplay and ear training. A very satisfying work. Fun to play and rehearse.
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TRP-122 Nine Celebratory Fanfares for Six Trumpets, Complete [5] (Olcott)

Editor: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 1 minute and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Nine 90-second fanfares for B-flat trumpets in two volumes by Robert Bradshaw, Barry Ford, Michael Galib, Jack Kimmell, Eric Morales, Clint Needham, Greg Pascuzzi, David Shaffer, and James Stephenson. All excellent, exciting, unique and very accessible as per the graded difficulty. Commissioned, collected, and edited by Triplo Press's James Olcott in celebration of the trumpet, the ITG, and the 2012 meeting of the Guild's Ohio Affiliate Chapter, where they received their premieres.

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TRP-116 Nine Celebratory Fanfares for Six Trumpets, Vol. 1 [5] (Olcott)

Editor: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 1 minute and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Contains the first five of nine 90-second fanfares for B-flat trumpets by Robert Bradshaw, Barry Ford, Michael Galib, Jack Kimmell, Eric Morales, Clint Needham, Greg Pascuzzi, David Shaffer, and James Stephenson. All excellent, exciting, unique and very accessible as per the graded difficulty. Commissioned, collected, and edited by Triplo Press's James Olcott in celebration of the trumpet, the ITG, and the 2013 meeting of the Ohio Chapter of ITG, where they received their premieres. Click here for Vol. 2.

The recordings on this page, recorded by James Olcott, represent the five pieces in this volume (l to r): Triptych Cipher by Robert Bradshaw, Slancio! by Barry Ford, Fa una fanfara by Michael Galib, Flourish for Six Trumpets by Jack N. Kimmel, and Panoramica by Erik Morales.

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TRP-117 Nine Celebratory Fanfares for Six Trumpets, Vol. 2 [5] (Olcott)

Editor: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 1 minute and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Contains the final four of nine 90-second fanfares for B-flat trumpets by Robert Bradshaw, Barry Ford, Michael Galib, Jack Kimmell, Eric Morales, Clint Needham, Greg Pascuzzi, David Shaffer, and James Stephenson. All excellent, exciting, unique and very accessible as per the graded difficulty. Commissioned, collected, and edited by Triplo Press's James Olcott in celebration of the trumpet, the ITG, and the 2012 meeting of the Ohio Chapter of ITG, where they received their premieres.

The recordings on this page, recorded by James Olcott, represent the four pieces in this volume (l to r): Fanfare, by Clinton Needham, Fanfare Ighisu Verchi, by Gregory Pascuzzi, Cincinnatus Fanfare by David Shaffer, and Gilded Fanfare by James Stephenson.

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TRP-139 Seven Renaissance Intradas [5] Hassler, H. (Dziuk)

Composer: Hassler, Hans Leo
Transcriber: Dziuk, Andrew
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 7 minutes and 15 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Seven short excellently transcribed dancelike intradas in the late Renaissance dance style for six B-flat trumpets. Works beautifully as a set and really fun to play. Also works antiphonally by splitting phrases between two groups of six players ala the recording. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
ITG Journal, June 2015, page 86:
"This collection is a great addition to the trumpet ensemble repertoire, highlighting Renaissance style, the exploration of ornamentation, and the necessity for light articulation..."
- Ryan Gardner, Oklahoma State University.
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TRP-009 The Ashgrove [7] (Olcott)

The Ashgrove

Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Eb Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: 7
Written for two piccolo trumpets in B-flat, E-flat trumpet, 2 C trumpets, and one B-flat trumpet. A very dramatic, lush and warm rendition of this beautiful standard. Great for control, intonation, and phrasing.
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TRP-005 Three All Purpose Fanfares [4] Olcott, J.

Three All Purpose Fanfares

Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 1 minute
Difficulty: 4
Approximately 20 seconds each. Excellent fanfares used extensively by the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Ensemble. Heralding announcements, arrivals, etc. Majestic.
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
"(The Three All-Purpose Fanfares are among)...nine extremely attractive and useful arrangements for trumpet ensembles of from five to nine parts.... simple, straightforward, and require a minimum of rehearsal time. They do not make extreme demands in terms of range or endurance...music is clearly printed, with no awkward page turns. (Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts while rotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University, Univer
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TRP-037 Three Pieces [6] Dauverné, F. (Lewis)

Composer: Dauverné, Francois
Editor: Lewis, H. M.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: various
Duration: 7 minutes
Difficulty: 6
Taken from Dauverné's method for the natural trumpet, these pieces, transposed for B-flat trumpets, are excellent for elegant precision and style in the natural trumpet manner. Historically and musically fascinating.
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TRP-023 Trumpet Voluntary [5] Clarke, J. (Olcott)

Trumpet Voluntary

Composer: Clarke, Jeremiah
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: D Major concert
Duration: 2 minutes
Difficulty: 5
Part of the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Series. In D concert, so this arrangement is a little tougher than some others in the series, but it is simple to put together and very effective. The melody moves from voice to voice so that no one takes the brunt of the relatively high tessitura. Excellent for teaching the piece.and the appropriate style.
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
"(The Trumpet Voluntary is one of a set of)...extremely attractive and useful arrangements for trumpet ensembles.... simple, straightforward, and require a minimum of rehearsal time. They do not make extreme demands in terms of range or endurance... music is clearly printed, with no awkward page turns. (Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts while rotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University
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TRP-166 Two Carols for Christmastime [4] Harbinson, W.

Composer: Harbinson, William G.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Accompaniment: optional percussion
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 16 seconds
Difficulty: 4
Sussex Carol and Wexler Carol are the two Christmas classics that Mr. Harbinson incorporates into this beautiful arrangement. One piccolo trumpet and five Bb's are used for the joyous Sussex Carol, and the five lower voices switch over to flugelhorns for a very warm rendition of the Wexler that utilizes beautiful counter-melodies. Optional percussion includes finger cymbals, triangle, high tomtom, and crash cymbals. (The first recording is without percussion; the second with). A very effective and enjoyable arrangement.
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TRP-007 Wedding Fanfare No. 1 [5] Olcott, J.

Wedding Fanfare No. 1

Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Accompaniment: timpani (optional)
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 45 seconds
Difficulty: 5
One of the most often played fanfares by the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Ensemble. Majestic, full, broad, strong, and effective, but not difficult to rehearse or perform. One of the pieces reviewed in the ITG Journal as part of the CHTE Collection.
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
(The Wedding Fanfare No. 1 is among) "...nine extremely attractive and useful arrangements for trumpet ensembles of from five to nine parts.... simple, straightforward, and require a minimum of rehearsal time. They do not make extreme demands in terms of range or endurance...music is clearly printed, with no awkward page turns. (Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts while rotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University, Univer
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TRP-027 Wedding March from Lohengrin [3] Wagner, R. (Olcott)

Composer: Wagner, Richard
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 6
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: 3
The famous march
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 28:
"(The Wedding March from Lohengrin is one of)...nine extremely attractive and useful arrangements for trumpet ensembles of from five to nine parts.... simple, straightforward, and require a minimum of rehearsal time. They do not make extreme demands in terms of range or endurance...music is clearly printed, with no awkward page turns. (Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts while rotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University
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