A short while back, I was emailed by Karyn Weber, a founder-member of Clarinet Fusion - a clarinet choir in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Karyn kindly let me know that they had recently bought my Lone Ar-ranger for the ensemble, and that it had gone down well with audiences at recent concerts in June and July.

Following the success of this piece, Karyn bought Can-Can alla Rossini and Jingle Bells, and came up with a great suggestion for a possible new arrangement!

Karyn plans to use Can-can alla Rossini and Jingle Bells in upcoming holiday concerts later in the year, but asked whether I’d considered an arrangement of the old standard, When the Saints Go Marching In. Karyn went on to say: ’Our group is playing a benefit concert at a church at the end of September for which the theme is “A Night in New Orleans”. When the Saints Go Marching In would have been perfect!’

I was able to come up with this in time, and have given it a traditional jazz-band treatment where each of the players gets a chance to elaborate on the tune, either singly, or in conjunction with another instrument. There’s also a customary key-change thrown in for good measure, and there are ’snippets’ as well of a few other tunes along the way, but not, of course, in the way this happens in The Lone Ar-ranger or Can-can alla Rossini.

Furthermore, Karyn’s ensemble is fortunate to have a contrabass, and contra alto clarinet available, and she asked me whether I could provide these extra parts.

As a non-clarinet player, with no experience of a clarinet-choir, I am delighted to say that Karyn has enlisted the assistance of their own contra player, Mark Horne, who has now provided additional parts for the Contrabass and Contra Alto Clarinets respectively. He will similarly be coming up with these extra parts for some other pieces of mine which the ensemble uses.

Karyn - the blond holding an alto and bass clarinet in the picture of Clarinet Fusion she very kindly let me have - added: ’Your music is so fun!!!! AND such a crowd pleaser!!!’ Many thanks, Karyn, that’s great feedback, and so rewarding to hear!

N.B. The attached MP3 file was produced from the FULL version - i.e. it includes the two additional Contra parts which Mark kindly provided.

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