Henry Mancini's most recognized theme is a jazz classic that your students will love to play with this new arrangement from Robert Longfield. Great riffs, cool harmonies, and a spot for a jazz violin solo (written version included) make it a super program choice for your students.
The Molly Maquires for String Orchestra (Grade 3-4)
The gentle folk style of this Mancini film theme is a perfect fit for string groups with its Celtic-flavored tune. Robert's tasteful version features violin solo moments, a striking key change, and a terrific opportunity to teach and reinforce dotted eighth/sixteenth note figures.
Instantly recognized as a Mancini icon, Peter Gunn has all the elements for guaranteed audience enjoyment. An insistent bass and piano line, bluesy, brassy licks, one-chord harmony, and space for soloists to stretch out a bit (written ad lib-style solo provided). Now your string orchestra can be a big swing machine!