I have an arrangement of Bobby Darin's song "Don't Rain on My Parade" for Vocal, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums - probably something very similar to the original arrangement of the song.
I'd like to play this with my band, and I would have to arrange it myself (even if I've never done something like it before!), since we are amateurs and have no one who can do it (at least not better than I, in principle), nor can we pay anyone to do it.
I don't mean to say that I believe anyone can make an arrangement, least of all myself. I'm fed up with playing band arrangements with the band, so I know how easy it is for someone to write something believing it's good when it isn't. But I've thought that this could be a good way to get started at something I've always wanted to learn, and play with the band a song I love, too.
The band I play in has: flutes (3), clarinets (3), oboe (1), trumpets (3), French horn (1), trombones (3), alto saxophones (3), tenor saxophones (2), baritone saxophone (1), drums and percussion, and for concerts (not rehearsals) we usually get reinforcements if needed (1 tuba, 1 euphonium, 1 French horn).
I had thought of trying to make the simplest of arrangements to begin with. I had thought of something like:
- 5 saxophone lines -> 3 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones
- 5 trumpets -> 3 trumpets + 1 French horn, hoping to be able to remove one voice
- 4 trombones -> 3 trombones, ditto (The extra French horn and the euphonium could be used for these two missing voices)
- Piano + guitar -> clarinets
- Bass -> baritone saxophone (reinforced by tuba when available)
- Drums -> The same
- Violins I hear in the song, but not in the original arrangement -> Flutes
- Vocal -> Oboe
I suspect such an arrangement may end up not being too appropriate, to say the least (if it doesn't make you feel like puking I'll be delighted). What worries me most is what to do with the vocal line. Having the oboe play it all the time would be a bit boring, wouldn't it? Anyway, I can't think of what to do with the oboe otherwise. I had though that another option would be to make the oboe, flutes and clarinets take turns in the vocal.
Does this sound reasonable, or should I abandon the project? Could you please give me ideas, advice...? Remember I've never done this, although I'm willing to start trying.