The Darktown Strutters' Ball
by Derek Hasted
Guitar Ensemble - Digital Sheet Music

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Guitar Ensemble Guitar - Level 3 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.797742

Composed by Shelton Brooks. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Contemporary,Jazz,Standards. Score and parts. 22 pages. Derek Hasted #4369036. Published by Derek Hasted (A0.797742).

For Classical or Acoustic Guitar - sometimes it's erroneously listed here as Electric Guitar.

Shelton Brooks wrote this bouncy little song in a different age - where "Darktown" was an area of a city much like Chinatown is today. It tells the story of the Ball where women would wear their finest dresses and men would "strut" - a sort of swaggering dance.

Derek Hasted writes "I first arranged this piece for the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra, in a Dixieland-jazz setting, which I have retained in this version for 4 guitars or a large ensemble. The bass part would also suit an octave (or contra) guitar reading from treble clef. This line is a little easier than the other lines, so it's ideal for a mixed ability ensemble as well as making a real contrast in a conventional guitar concert. In the final chorus, one can almost hear a tenor banjo above the bass, and a clarinet swirling above the tune. Audiences love this piece!"

This is one of a large and growing range of accessible ensembles from experienced arranger Derek Hasted, and is supplied as full score and parts. Derek's website at lists all his arrangements by title and by "number of instruments", with links to soundclips and sample score.

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