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for Jason and Melissa, July 22, 2006
Deep River
Drew Fennell, arranger


I did a bunch of arrangements for the wedding of one of my best friends, Jason Venesky. As a tuba player, he wanted a tuba solo to be included and - after a time - we settled on this piece, Deep River. It seemed an ideal vehicle to show off the lyrical qualities of the tuba - and, in particular, the sweet upper register of the instrument. It really worked and I subsequently transcribed the tune for the brass band medium, as well as a version with piano. I enjoy the drama of the tune, and especially the "ascension" that happens at the end.

  • is published by Drew Fennell Publishing.
    Available for Solo Tuba/Bass Trombone with Brass Band, Solo Tuba/Bass Trombone with Brass Sextet and Solo Tuba/Bass Trombone with Piano.

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Solo Tuba with Brass Band Instrumentation

Solo Tuba/Bass Trombone
Soprano Cornet in Eb
Solo & 1st Cornet in Bb
Repieno Cornet in Bb
2nd Cornet in Bb
3rd Cornet in Bb
Flugelhorn in Bb
1st Horn in Eb*
2nd Horn in Eb*
3rd Horn in Eb*

1st & 2nd Baritone*
1st Trombone*
2nd Trombone*
3rd Bass Trombone
1st & 2nd Euphonium*
1st & 2nd Tuba in Eb*
3rd & 4th Tuba in Bb*

(2 or 3 players)
Percussion includes:
suspended cymbal

*Parts for Horn in F as well as parts for Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba in bass clef also available.

Solo Tuba with Brass Sextet Instrumentation

Solo Tuba/Bass Trombone
1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd Trumpet in Bb
Flugelhorn in Bb (opt. Crnt/Trpt.)
Horn in F
1st Trombone
2nd (Bass) Trombone

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