Title:Thunderbird (Ray Anthony)
Grade:Easy / Medium
Duration:2 mins 35 secs
Trumpets 1-4:Db6, Bb5, Ab5, Gb5
Trombones 1-4:Ab4, G4, Eb4, B3
Arranged by:George Williams
Transcribed by:Myles Collins
Description:Thunderbird is another chart from the Ray Anthony / George (the Silver Fox) Williams partnership, and is a classic of its time. It is a completely ensemble chart, and has some great sectional writing. The unusual feature part is the Baritone sax, which underpins the whole chart from start to finish. The arrangement is full of colour and dynamic contrast, as well as being a really bouncy swing number. Playing this chart will help to develop good sectional techniques within your band, and we would recommend it not just as a dance piece but as a band training tool too. We have faithfully transcribed this piece right down to the Anthony's cameo muted Trumpet lead over the sax section towards the end of the piece, and have also written in the important little Piano licks and fills on the part.