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Red Vest Man

Composed by Steve Waterman

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Red Vest Man

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Red Vest Man was composed as a dedication to cornet player Buddy Bolden, one of the first jazz musicians. He was reputed to always perform wearing a red vest. The piece is a New Orleans funeral march, something Bolden would have been called to do many times in his career. It starts with a slow mournful march, featuring solos from trumpet and trombone and finishes with a joyful 2nd line New Orleans rhythm.

Duration: 8:00 minutes

Percussion: 3 Players playing side drum, bass drum, tambourine and crash cymbals

Grade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands