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We need to arrange several pop rock songs. The band has vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. In addition, we add a trumpet. Do you have any idea, method or example of how to play the songs with the trumpet?

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There are few if any pop rock songs which can directly use a trumpet, i think you would have to make an arrangement specifically for your trumpet –  jclozano Sep 23 '12 at 15:31
Being a cornetist, I've always wondered this also. I play the violin part in some Skillet songs with my cornet, but it's not quite the same. –  American Luke Sep 23 '12 at 17:08
sorry i don't have a good answer to this. if it were me i'd be tempted to just get everyone together and send a couple of hours jamming it out, and move forward based on how well it seemed to 'gel' –  jammypeach Sep 23 '12 at 19:39
Are you familiar with these rock bands that featured trumpet? Look them up. Chicago. Blood, Sweat and Tears. Cake. Sly and the Family Stone. The Who (on the album "Quadrophenia"). Fleming & John. Sun-60. Some "fusion" work by Miles Davis. Also reference Chuck Mangione (that was fluegelhorn, actually). –  Wheat Williams Sep 24 '12 at 0:51
Also lots of funk bands. Kool and the Gang. Earth, Wind and Fire. The Commodores. –  Wheat Williams Sep 24 '12 at 0:53
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I suppose with a cornet you'll have the ability to add something extra in for texture, so something like finding the main melody line in the song, whether it be with guitar or vocals have the trumpet follow this line to emphasise the line and it could offer a massive difference to the sound and feel of the song depending, you should try looking at reel big fish, they get away with a trumpet

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There are some good examples. Have a look at Less Than Jake's song, Gainesville Rock City:

You need to arrange the songs so it works, but rock music can definitely cope with non-standard instruments.

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