Maria/Cool (from West Side Story) composed by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and Stephen Sondheim (1930-). Arranged by Jay Bocook and Will Rapp. Esprit Marching Band. Grade 3. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.450078).
Using an energetic and dynamic intro from “Maria,” this cleverly arranged opener then slips into the jazzy strains of “Cool.” Using plenty of unison lines, exposed sections for percussion, and even a shout chorus, this is an impressive chart without being too difficult to pull off. For an extra “cool” effect, have your color guard do the finger snaps.