This is a piece that I arranged many years ago at Northwestern University as a jazz arranging class project. It was performed for a grade (got the "A" ).
Later John Paynter (director of bands) suggested I re-score it for concert band and Jazz soloists. I did re-score it and after graduating grad school had my high school band in Glen Ellyn, IL perform it twice in the spring of 1974 while on tour. It was played once more with my high school band in Ohio in the 1980's. It has not been performed since and I just came across the hand written score this winter. I felt the need to put it into Finale for safe keeping (as the original is quickly browning and turning brittle).
Obviously, with GPO and JaBB at my disposal, I couldn't resist orchestrating it with those tools. The piece is the "Garden of Gethsemane" scene from "Jesus Christ: Superstar". It includes the time from Thursday in the garden on through to Sunday. This should be the perfect week for the community to hear this. Please enjoy this part of Jesus Christ: Superstar that is not often heard. It is for 3 jazz soloists and concert band.
I Only Want To Say
Rolifer suggested that I put a link here as well for the live performance of this piece which took place in 1974. It was done by a high school band that I taught in Illinois.
So, here is the original live performance of
"I Only Want To Say"