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Goodbye! So Long! I'm Headin' Home!: A Medley

By F. Leslie Smith

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Brass Quintet
Composed by F. Leslie Smith. Ragtime, Old-time, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 48 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.86305).

Item Number: S0.86305

This novelty is great as either a featured number or as an encore. It is upbeat, a medley of turn-of-the-last-century tunes that, in the tradition of Haydn’s "Farewell" Symphony (No. 45 in F-sharp minor), provides opportunity for four musicians to leave, one by one, until only the tuba remains. It opens at a fast clip with a statement of “Good-Night, Ladies” followed by a four-measure vamp that is subsequently repeated after nearly every section. First, horn and tuba perform “There is a Tavern in the Town.” Second, trombone and trumpets combine to ask, “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home.” Third is a close-harmony, ensemble version of “Goin’ Home.” Fourth features exchanges between trumpets and low brass in “Toot, Toot, Tootsie!” Fifth is an amalgam of all the tunes; this is played four times, each time featuring a different instrument, which then drops out for the rest of the number. The tuba ends the piece and takes a bow.

This arrangement was completed in 2014 and runs about 3 minutes, 56 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, can be reached at If you like this novelty number, be sure to check out Sweetwater's "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Hello! Ma Baby," "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey," "Somebody Stole My Gal" and "Teddy Bears' Picnic."  For more arrangements by Les, direct your web browser to  

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