Beginner Concert Band  $40.00


     "Cha Cha Mood" has been written with the Beginner Band in mind. As with all charts in the "Mood" series, the arrangement focuses on rhythm and sectional playing within a small pitch range. This piece has quavers in on-the-beat pairs only and pitch does not change on any pair of quavers. Where staccato is used on a crotchet, it should be taken to mean staccatoissimo so that they are equal to the quavers.

     "Cha Cha Mood" is a very sectional arrangement with tutti and soli sections. The soli sections may be played soli or if desired, as a solo. There are also cues to assist in flexibility for missing instruments and artistic freedom for the conductor. Some alternate parts have been included to cater for the different methods and syllabus.

     The introduction establishes the harmonies to be used as well as the standard "Cha Cha" rhythm of Ta ta Ti ti ta. Section A is the main theme and is unchanged in its two re-occurrences, thus once you have rehearsed the first occurrence you have rehearsed them all. Sections B is a solo/soli for trumpet but is cued on other instruments. Section  C is tutti. At section B, give stand-up soli/solo opportunities to develop stamina and confidence. For an added dimension, use the cues to vary which section plays the lead.


The following teaching points are covered in this arrangement:

Rhythm - Semibreves, Minims, Crotchets, quavers in pairs without pitch change.

Ensemble - harmony, solo/soli, tutti, whole bar and block rests, single whole bar repeats, cues.

Articulation - Staccato and non staccato.

Dynamics - Forte, Piano, Crescendo & Decrescendo.

Percussion - Snare, Bass, Toms and suspended & Hi Hat Cymbals, as individual instruments and/or on the Kit. Glockenspiel and/or Xylophone, Timpani or; roto or other toms if no timps, Tambourine and Cowbell.

Whilst parts are included for these percussion instruments, it is not essential that all are played - on the other hand it ensures that there is plenty to do if you have a large section. Practice on all four subsections of percussion is thus also available.

Form - Intro, A, B, A, C, A Codetta.  (Quasi Rondo)


Ranges and notes required

Concert pitch A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F.

Bb instruments B, C, D, E, F, G.

Eb woodwind F#, G, A, B, C, D.

F horn B, C, D,  E, F, G. 

Eb Brass C#, D, E, F#, G, A.


Additional Parts

      Some alternate parts have been included to cater for the different methods and syllabus used by different organizations and teachers, e.g. Glockenspiel. At this level there is a very real difference between Eb Bass and Bb Bass tubas, thus each has its separate/optional part. To assist with flexibility, several parts are printed in both the Clefs used by different teachers. It is not intended that all the parts are to be used - you have the flexibility to choose the one(s) that suits you in your Band. There should be are parts to cover your teaching method and what suits you in your Band.