What tune to play for wedding (?)

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by iainmcl, May 11, 2008.

  1. iainmcl

    iainmcl Pianissimo User

    Nov 4, 2006
    New Zealand
    Hi all. I've been dropped in the "hot-seat" for my cousin's wedding, and he wants me to play something solo...ish at his wedding while they sign the register. It's only about 4 mins, but that's along time when you're on you're the only one playing anything.
    I don't really have much in the way of standard repertoire, besides which, he wants something kinda jazzish. I was thinking of grabbing a pop tune (maybe U2) and re-doing it a little, but I've hit a bit of a wall for ideas on what to play. :dontknow:
    Anybody got any viable suggestions? Anything & everything considered.
  2. nordlandstrompet

    nordlandstrompet Forte User

    Apr 5, 2008
    I am going to play a 45 min concert in my local church tonight, with a wide variety of "light" music, from Stanley to hymntunes, and we have put into the program, one of the most beautiful melodies ever made: "What a wonderful world". Will certainly make the bride and bridegroom cry
  3. iainmcl

    iainmcl Pianissimo User

    Nov 4, 2006
    New Zealand
    Nice. I like that one. I hadn't thought of anything like that (obviously). Shouldn't be too hard to find the sheetmusic for it either
  4. deebee

    deebee New Friend

    May 11, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Q: is it a "solo" solo or do you have an organ or whatever playing along?
  5. ejaime23

    ejaime23 Pianissimo User

    Jul 27, 2007
    You could always buy a fake book and read the Titanic song on your horn with piano accompaniment ; )
  6. iainmcl

    iainmcl Pianissimo User

    Nov 4, 2006
    New Zealand
    It's just me and my Trumpet.
    Having played a lot on Cruise Ships, I don't think I can bring myself to play the Titanic theme. I think I'll end up playing a couple of tunes at least, seeing as there isn't much you can play in 3-4 minutes without overly repeating yourself.
  7. Original_Username

    Original_Username Pianissimo User

    Mar 5, 2008
    Beijing, China
    Well, Canon in D is always a popular tune. Some light melodies or snippets from there wouldn't be too bad, even if the tune is overused.
  8. Majestic1

    Majestic1 New Friend

    Dec 12, 2007
    How does the etude number 2 of Theo Charlier sound to you?

    I had a piano player try to pick up on this piece as I was playing it and he couldn't believe that it was in 5 flats (Db), changed key in the middle of the piece to Eb and then back to Db. By the time he caught on to what I was doing, I finished playing it.

    Would you believe that this is the first post I made here without mentioning.............................?:shhh:
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Things like Amazing Grace come to mind. Check out a hymnbook, there are plenty of appropriate tunes - many with secular origins if desired. They are not so tough so 4 minutes is doable even if practice time is tight before the gig!
  10. bianchiboy

    bianchiboy New Friend

    Mar 23, 2008
    We had "Wonderful World" as our first dance at our wedding. During the ceremony, my brass ensemble played an arrangement of "Night and Day". I played too, then went and signed the register while they played on. It sounded great (and the words would have been appropriate if they'd been sung)... not so sure though that it would sound quite as good as a solo? Maybe you could start with that and move into "Wonderful World". If you take your time over the first three notes, it sounds as if you're just warming/tuning up ;-)

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