MLB #72 Happy Song (Sam Creamer) - PDF



The tune Happy Song (T.B. 644), traditionally written in a march-type style, has been revived in this arrangement, giving it new life and providing a fresh connection for listeners. Emulating popular “horn bands” of groups such as Chicago or Earth, Wind and Fire from the ‘70s and ‘80s, the tune is transformed into a funky, driving shuffle feel. Originally written as a congregational accompaniment, it can still be used for that purpose if following the sequence of the arrangement (V1, C, V2, C x2).

Sam Creamer has become an established arranger with works published in the Australian and International Salvation Army band journals. This is his first contribution to the Maple Leaf Brass journal. In addition, many of his works have been recorded by numerous staff, fellowship and corps bands around the world. Sam is a soldier at Carindale Corps in Brisbane, Australia, where he serves as a bandsman and contemporary music team member. His musical skills are proficient as a drummer/percussionist with high qualifications on drum kit acknowledged by the Australian Music and Examinations Board. He also has sound knowledge and experience with brass, saxophone and rhythm section instruments. In his spare time, Sam also serves as the Musical Director for the Salvation Army based Revelation Big Band in Brisbane.

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