MultiGen + HORNS
Like every brass player who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I had many pop music influences that included horn sections: Jerry Hey writing for Al Jarreau, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and many others – Greg Adams with Tower of Power – Jimmy Pankow writing for Chicago. I also fondly remember discovering Christian recordings with horns such as the (now extremely dated) Integrity Hosanna recordings, several Ron Kenoly projects, and the band Truth at a time when the Lord was doing some major work in my life and laying the foundations for what would become my ministry.
Though I don’t always write this way, a favorite texture that has worked well in church settings is a “band within a band” scoring technique, where the brass are used as a pop horn section with the woodwinds (including French horn) and strings adding color. I don’t always approach orchestral writing in this way, but there are songs that seem to need this kind of writing to feel “right”. However, from a publishing perspective, this can add some complexity if, for instance, the orchestral brass parts get a little too “classical”, that might not be the ticket for a three-player horn section…and some licks for horn section might be overly busy or “too hip for the room”, especially if you want to leave space for the woodwinds and strings to have anything interesting to play.
I’m pleased to announce that most MultiGen charts will include separate parts for horn section comprised of Trumpet, Tenor Sax, and Trombone. I chose this instrumentation (think Chicago) because it is my favorite type of horn section sound, and I believe that it offers the easiest point of entry to doing this type of ensemble if you don’t currently have a praise band with horns. Some Multi-Gen+HORNS charts (e.g. 1000 Tongues & Your Grace is Enough) were written with this kind of sound in mind from the start, so the horn parts are very similar to the orchestral brass parts (though I often throw in a few new wrinkles). Others like The Lion and the Lamb must be written from the ground up for horns. Of course, these charts follow the same roadmap as the full orchestration so the existing Rhythm and Vocal parts will work perfectly. With this additional series and more charts on the site, I’ve added product category pages to the Store to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Horn Charts are now included with select MultiGen arrangements as a bonus – if you’ve already purchased one of these titles, you can login to your account and the horn parts are available on the song download page (email me if you have trouble finding what you need and I’ll get the files to you personally). I haven’t included substitute parts in the horn section master file, but am happy to provide any that you might need as well as transpositions to adjacent keys. Audio demos for the horn charts are also coming soon!
I plan to add a purchase options for the horns with rhythm later this year. In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for something not on the site, shoot me an email as there are many charts waiting to be cleaned up for publishing. I hope that you’ll give the horn charts a try and that they’ll minister to your congregations and players!
Grace and peace,