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Teddy Bears’ Picnic (for Tuba Trio)

By Walter Bratton (1867-1947)

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Tuba, Brass Trio - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Walter Bratton (1867-1947). Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Halloween, Children's Music, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 19 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.100361).

Item Number: S0.100361

This is basically the same great arrangement as Sweetwater Brass Press’ popular “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” for brass quintet. But here the classic audience-pleaser is set up for (appropriately enough!) three tubas. The top part is marked “euphonium” but can also be played on an F or E-flat tuba; a BB-flat or C instrument will definitely be needed for the bottom part. The melody passes seamlessly from instrument to instrument, and the sound of the tubas uniquely enhances the ursine nature of the composition. This version of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” is designed to fit in with any presentational setting, but it is also especially appropriate for a children’s concert. Conforming to the opening stanza of the song’s lyrics—“If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise”—this arrangement is framed by a somewhat mysterious-sounding ostinato, so it fits into a Halloween performance as well.

Completed in 2014, this arrangement runs about 3 minutes, 29 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, can be reached at For more arrangements by Les, enter "Sweetwater Brass Press" (without the quotation marks) in the SheetMusicPlus search box.

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