Sunrise Serenade


Sunrise Serenade was originally released in 1939 on the RCA Bluebird label as the flipside to Moonlight Serenade, and the record became a huge hit for the Miller band. The original Miller chart was by Bill Finegan, first written for only 6 brass and later adapted for 8. This transcription is full of typical Miller colour, with a pair of Clarinets carrying the melody in thirds, echoed by two Tenors an octave below, all backed by wah wah brass. The original Tex Beneke sax solo is fully written out, as is the solo Piano fill at the end of the chart. Saxes are written for 3 Altos (1 & 2 doubling Clarinet) and 2 Tenors. In the Miller original, the 3rd Alto player also doubled clarinet in the final chorus. We have kept it to Alto, as many Bari players double Alto but not Clarinet.

Part Number
Arranged by
Bill Finegan
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Glenn Miller
3 mins 30 secs
Trumpets 1-4
Bb5, G5, F5, Db5
Trombones 1-4
Ab4, Gb4, Eb4, C4
Easy / Medium

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