Here is one of the classic holiday arrangements as written by the great arranger/trombonist Rob McConnell. Featured on the 1998 Concord album Big Band Christmas, this arrangement was written to feature trumpeter Guido Basso (on flugelhorn). The arrangement begins in a light Bossa feel with reeds stating the melody. The chart then moves to a medium swing feel for the second chorus. The first part of the flugelhorn solo section was written as a colla voce in 3/4, with guitar, bass, and drums following the soloist. The arrangement stays in 3/4 until the end. Reeds double on flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, and bass clarinet (see below). This would be a great addition to any holiday program. Ranges: Trumpet 1: to C7, Trumpet 2: to A6, Trombone 1: G4
Full Score, Reed 1: Soprano Saxophone/Alto Saxophone/Flute, Reed 2: Flute/Alto Saxophone, Reed 3: Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone, Reed 4: Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone, Reed 5: Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone, 5 Trumpets/Flugelhorns, 2 Horns in F, 4 Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums.