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These are arrangements of primarily original compositions. This list will expand periodically, so check back from time to time.

These arrangements, with some exceptions, are generally geared towards intermediate  high school steelband programs and higher. Nowhere near the length and difficulty of a Trinidad Panorama arrangement, they still provide some type of thematic variation, either through written-out thematic development (such as a variation chorus), or by featuring especially talented soloists within your group, and more activity in the lower pans. Most have a fairly equal distribution of difficulty throughout the band. The difficulty ratings shown are on a scale from 1 to 5
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Each arrangement comes with a full score (containing detailed performance notes for the director) and a full set of parts (most including an optional tenor bass part), professionally engraved and printed on good quality paper, staple-bound if over four pages, and in a labeled folder ready for filing in your library.

For each arrangement listed, there is a MIDI-generated audio-clip demo of  the tune
(Javascript required), along with a difficulty rating and helpful notes about the arrangements' special challenges or requirements.

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Two Trees Music
P.O. Box 1222
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NEW (2017):


"Samba de Aço" $40 Difficulty ttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

Originally commissioned as the mass band piece for the 2017 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival, this energetic, compact piece makes a great concert opener.

Full score
Tenor pans (low D )
Double tenors
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set/engine room





(2016):


"Exit Strategy" $35 Difficulty tt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This is a 4-voice arrangement written for beginners. This was first played by a group of adult beginners with no musical experience; they learned it in five rehearsals. Funk-influenced soca groove, with a nice samba coda.

Full score
Tenor pans (low D )
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set





"Pan in de Rain" $45 Difficulty tttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

Compact,  stylistically intersting  calypso/Soca tune, oriniganlly composed as a mass band commission. With harmonic complexity and authentic phrasing. About right for talented high schoolers, or any college or adult group.

Full score
Tenor pans (F up to high Bb)
Double tenors
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set





"St. Benedict Breeze" $45 Difficulty ttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This composition was written as a mass band commission. Fun and upbeat, with attention to the rhythmic vocabulary. Another good one for talented high schoolers or any college or adult group.

Full score
Tenor pans (low D)
Double tenors
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set





(2015):



"Rust on de Bass" $35 Difficulty tt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This is a 4-voice arrangement written for beginners. This was first played by a group of 5th and 6th graders, and a beginning middle school group learned it in five rehearsals. The workload (and time in the spotlight) is very evenly distributed in this three-section piece, which is played in a light, easy, relaxed soca groove.

Kid tested. Kid approved.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C )
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set





"Samba de Sando" $40 Difficulty tt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This is a 4-voice arrangement written for beginners to intermediate players. This was first played by a group of middle school kids with some previous musical experience (but no steel band expeirence), and they learned it in five rehearsals.  A pleasant samba in three textures that can be played at a wide range of tempos and still sound good.

Kid tested. Kid approved.

Full score
Tenor pans (low E up to high A)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set





"Why Are You Looking At Me Like That?" $35 Difficulty t DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This is a 4-voice arrangement written for beginners at any level. This was first played by a group of adults with no previous musical experience, and they learned it in four rehearsals.  A fun piece in three main sections, with a very minimal rhythmic vocabulary.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
(Optional Tenor Bass)
6 Bass
Drum set




(2014):

"It's Complicated" $45 Difficulty tttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This piece debuted in July of 2014 at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, by the advanced band at that festiival. It was learned over the course of ten rehearsals, about 40 minutes per rehearsal. Done in a Latin style, it makes a nice substantial centerpiece for a concert, without taking too much rehearsal time away from other pieces on the program.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C up to high D)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
Optional Tenor Bass part
6 Bass
Drum set and percussion






"Great Lakes Jump Up" $40 Difficulty ttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This piece was originally written as the mass band piece for the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival in 2014. It is relatively easy to put together, consisting of three basic sections. With plenty of repeats and recycling of the material, you get a lot of mileage out of what the band learns.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C up to high A)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
6 Bass
Drum set / Engine room






"Pan in de Swamp" $40 Difficulty tttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This piece was originally a movement from "Language of Life, Voice of the Soul," a piece commissioned by the San Jacinto Community College Central music department for all of their ensembles. This was the steel band movement, and is done in classic traditional calypso style. It works just fine as a standalone arrangement.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C up to high A)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos
6 Bass
Engine room (drum set, triangle, and shaker)






"Acadia Sunset" $45 Difficulty ttt DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This mellow, pretty tune was composed for the Colby College steel band during my artist's residency there in Spring of 2012. It is in the key of G (generally), and is based on three different Brazilian rhythms. There is one full AABBC chorus of written out (or improvised) solo passages for individual players, so everyone (including bass) gets  their own  few seconds in the spotlight.

Full score
Tenor pans (low D up to high A)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos (up to high A)
6 Bass
Engine room (drum set, triangle, and shaker)






"Pee Wee Goes to Kingston" $45 Difficulty
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DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

This tune was also composed for the Colby steel band. Somewhat similar to "Motor Scooter Monty" in style and energy, it was specifically written for ease and efficiency of learning, while maximizing the resulting musical fun. Based on three different Reggae styles (dance hall walk, one-drop, and ska), the energy varies from section to section. All parts are two pages or less. Written key signature of C (but tonally dwells in Dm and F).

Full score
Tenor pans (low C up to high A)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos (up to high G)
6 Bass
Engine room (drum set + 2 or 3 players)






"It's Mine (and You Can't Have It)" $50 Difficulty ttttt+ DEMO
(MIDI-generated)

NIU playing it live

This tune was composed for the album “CounterMelodies,” released in 2002. This arrangement is a very literal transcription of the original version of the tune, with the exception of the variation section, which takes the place of the improvised tenor pan solo in the original version.  This piece is a bit unusual in that the “head” of the tune is actually more complex than the variation section. A wonderful showcase for your extra-talented frontline players, and a strong, exciting finale to any program.

Full score
Tenor pans (low C# up to high Eb)
Double tenor (can be played on double seconds)
Double seconds
Triple guitars/cellos (up to high C)
Tenor bass (optional)
6 Bass
Engine room (drum set + 2 or 3 players)








"In the Shadows of the Forest" (45-minute suite for steel band and choir) Price varies depending on order quantity (see info page)
Difficulty tttt





"Caprice" (for steel pan ensemble and orchestra) $120 Difficulty ttttt DEMO (excerpts)

First Prize winner in the 2008 "Symphony and Steel" competition (overture category), this six-and-a-half minute tonal contemporary work imbeds the steel pan ensemble into the orchestra resulting in fresh new orchestral colors. Subtitled "a curious preoccupation with three short themes," the thematic development takes the listener through a varied landscape via tempo changes and textural variation. The above demo is an edited version of the MIDI playback using sampled orchestral sounds.

Full score
Tenor pan 1 (may be doubled)
Tenor pan 2 (may be doubled)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar pan
Cello pan
Tenor bass pan (required)
Bass pan
2 flutes
2 oboes
2 clarinets
2 bassoons
2 french horns
2 trumpets
2 trombones
Tuba
Timapni
2 percussion
Volins 1 & 2
Violas
Cellos
Contrabass

See sample page from score

"Individuals involved in the steel pan art form have, almost since the beginning of the pan's modern era in the late 1940's, been concerned with elevating the instrument's stature to that of a viable instrument capable of holding its own in the pantheon of Western music. ...Gibson's 'Caprice' might be seen as a fresh approach, in that it treats the steel pan as merely another color in the spectrum of the orchestral sound." - Chris Tanner, Percussive Notes Magazine



"Rainorama" (for steel pan ensemble and orchestra) $120 Difficulty ttttt DEMO (excerpts)

First Prize winner in the 2008 "Symphony and Steel" competition (calypso category). Lord Kitchener's classic "Raniorama," scored for full orchestra and steel pan ensemble (8 - 10 players). This arrangement is roughly seven minutes long, and loosely follows the Panorama steelband arranging formula. The pan enesmble is at times featured, but is often  integrated into the overall orchestral palette to create a well-balanced, interesting arrangement that will engage the players and audience alike. The above demo is an edited version of the MIDI playback using sampled orchestral sounds.

Full score
Tenor pan 1 (can be doubled)
Tenor pan 2 (can be doubled)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar pan
Cello pan
Tenor bass pan (optional)
Bass pan
2 flutes
2 oboes
2 clarinets
2 bassoons
2 french horns
2 trumpets
2 trombones
Tuba
Timapni
2 percussion (drumset, iron/cowbell)
Volins 1 & 2
Violas
Cellos
Contrabass

See sample page from score




Amazing Grace $40 Difficulty ttt DEMO

This soulful, choral-style arrangement centers around the tenor pan solo, piano accompaniment, and thinly arranged middle-voice pans as originally recorded on "Yahboy!" (the demo is an excerpt of the original recording, not of the full steelband arrangement). This versatile arrangement can be played as a duet with tenor pan and piano, or as originally recorded, or with full steelband. Especially well-suited for smaller groups. Needs a strong tenor pan soloist and pianist; all other parts are relatively easy. Multiple keys.

Full score
Solo Tenor (lead)
Tenor section
Double seconds
Guitar/cello (optional)
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass (optional)
Piano

"You've never heard 'Amazing Grace' like this before. This unique arrangement will serve as a dramatic contrast and potentially open the ears of the listening audience to the vast expressive potential of the steel drum ensemble timbre. This 2008 arrangement is timeless in its possibilities for programming – either in an academic or liturgical setting." - Jim Lambert, Percussive Notes Magazine



Batty Mamselle $45 Difficulty ttt DEMO

This arrangement of Lord Kitchener's tune from the late 1960's is one of the easier arrangements offered here. It maximizes the effort-to-reward ratio by including a minimally-altered variation chorus. A good program closer for lower-to--intermediate level groups. Key of C.

Full score
Tenor (lead) (uses low C)
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room



Cha Cha Mi Mamá $50 Difficulty tttt DEMO

This arrangement is fairly easy and fun to play; it relies on featuring at least one improvising soloist in your group. An excellent tune for multiple improvisers to "trade eights" also. Key of F.

Full score
Tenor (lead)
Double tenor
Double second
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room
Chord changes for soloists

The original version of this song 
can be heard on
"My Two Cents" (Gary Gibson, 2000)

"Indeed, the chart is stylistically spot-on, with characteristic rhythmic patterns in the bass and chording voices, and a driving melody. ...the real meat...lies in the chord progression. Gibson's background as a jazz vibraphonist is evident here: only an accomplished jazz musician could devise these changes, which stray far from the typical ii_V patterns common to the cha-cha style. This is a solid chart, appropriate for advanced-level ensembles..."  - Chris Tanner, Percussive notes Magazine



Chippin' on de Drag $55 Difficulty ttttt DEMO 1
DEMO 2

This is a very festive tune which makes a nice finale to a concert program. It is a very flexible arrangement and can employ either a talented tenor pan soloist (non-improvising or improvising), or the full written frontline variation chorus, or a combination of the two. The demos above are the versions without soloist (full section) and with soloist respectively. Key of G.

Full score
Solo tenor pan (opt.)
Tenor (lead) section
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room

The original version of this tune can be heard on "Yahboy!" (Gary Gibson, 2005)



A Little Poem for You $50 Difficulty tttt DEMO

A great option for breaking up a concert program with a more mellow calypso feel. Key of C.

Full score
Tenor (uses low C)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room

The original version of this tune can be heard on "Yahboy!
" (Gary Gibson, 2005)


The Minute Waltz
(Part 1 & 2)
$60 Difficulty ttttt DEMO

This suite is a real crowd pleaser. Challenging, but a blast to play, so your players will be highly motivated. Requires a very strong C-tenor pan soloist. Part 1 is Chopin's original watlz, adapted for pan, with the soloist playing the melody and the ensemble covering the "oom pah pahs." There is a seque into part 2, which is the "bomb" (calypso) adaptation. Building steadily to the end, this suite can really show off what your band can do! Key of C.

Full score
Solo tenor pan (requires low C)
Tenor (lead) section
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room

The original version of this tune can be heard on "Yahboy!
" (Gary Gibson, 2005)

"With this publication, steel bands have a way to not only showcase a talented soloist from their ranks, but also to educate their audiences regarding a wonderful steelband tradition: the "bomb" tune." - Chris Tanner, Percussive Notes Magazine


Mom and Pop $50 Difficulty tttt DEMO

Another good option for breaking up a concert program with something a little different. This is a smooth, light, airy piece that will appeal to the "smooth" jazzers in your audience. Calls for a tenor soloist (a written solo is provided as well as chord changes), and both double tenors and double seconds (or at least two sets of either) and both guitar and cello (or at least two sets of either). Includes piano and vibraphone parts, as on the original recording (the above demo is excerpted from the original). This is an especially nice arrangement for a smaller group. Key of E minor.

Full score
Solo tenor pan
Tenor (lead) section
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar
Cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Vibraphone (opt., but very cool if included!)
Piano 
(opt., but very cool if included!)
Percussion
Drumset

The original version of this song can be heard on "My Two Cents" (Gary Gibson, 2000)

"If you are looking for an original, non-calypso pan ensemble composition to contract your steel drum repertoire, 'Mom & Pop' will fit the need.. Overall, this unique steel drum composition, which might be categorized as 'cool jazz for pans,' will serve delightfully as a lively, peacefully smooth contrast to traditional literature for an intermediate-level steel drum ensemble." - Jim Lambert, Percussive Notes Magazine


Motor Scooter Monty $50 Difficulty ttt DEMO

Your band will have a blast playing this energetic, danceable Ska piece. An artful repetition of patterns facilitates quick learning of the body of the piece, and an easy variation and textural change help keep the arrangement engaging. Fun, active bass lines and even melodic distribution throughout. Calls for both double tenors and double seconds (or at least two sets of either) and both guitar and cello (or at least two sets of either). Key of C minor (also Eb dorian and C mixolydian modes).

Full score
Tenor
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar
Cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass

Drumset

"Giibson creates interest by incorporating harmonic contrast between the different sections of the piece. The chart also carries the Gibson stamp of detail: roll indications are compositionally appropriate and clearly indicated, layout of the charts is well organized, the appearance is crisp and professional. This composition is driving and fun, and appropriate for medium-level steel bands." - Chris Tanner, Percussive Notes magazine

 


Pan on de Ground $50 Difficulty tttt DEMO

An upbeat, driving calypso tune, with a full chorus of flashy variation. Key of F.

Full score
Tenor (lead)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room

"What a great piece to start a steel band concert! This work has a rich, jazzy harmony and contains elements of indigenous Trinidadian rhythms such as a syncopated melody and rhythmic punches that oscillate between melodic riffs and strums in true 'Trini' style." - Jeannine Remy, Percussive Notes Magazine


Rich and Famous $50 Difficulty ttt DEMO

This easy-going pop reggae tune is another great opportunity for varied programming. Fun, and with just enough challenge to keep intermediate players on their toes.. Key of C and Ab. 

Full score
Tenor (lead)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Opt. electric bass
Engine room

The original version of this song can be heard on "My Two Cents" (Gary Gibson, 2000)


September Sun $50 Difficulty ttttt DEMO

This mellow, yet challenging calypso tune uses rich, moving harmonies and surprising chordal twists to keep both listeners and players engaged. There are lots of melodic passages in the cello/guitar part, and each section has a chance to shine. With a lush, choral-style rubato intro, the arrangement serves to enhance your concert program with a variety of energy and complexity.

Full score
Tenor (lead)
Double tenor
Double second
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Engine room

The original version of this tune can be heard on "CounterMelodies" (Gary Gibson, 2002)


String Bikini $50 Difficulty tttt DEMO

Another great option to break up a concert program, this popular, upbeat, jazzy bossa nova is flexible, including a cut of the most difficult section if needed. Key of C.

Full score
Tenor (lead)
Double tenor
Double seconds
Guitar/cello
Tenor bass (opt.)
Bass
Drumset

The original version of this tune can be heard on "CounterMelodies" (Gary Gibson, 2002)


Available through Hillbridge Music:

My Two Cents $50 Difficulty tttt

Hilbridge writes: "From the easygoing 1st theme through the "shout" section, your players will enjoy the groove as well as the challenges. The melodies are cool, the harmony likewise. With cuts indicated for short or long versions, this calypso really rolls along happily from beginning to end. Looking for something different? You should give this a try."

The original version of this song can be heard on "My Two Cents" (Gary Gibson, 2000)


See also "Me Bop (Won't Stop)" in the steel pan solo category.