Was surfing around looking for a great place to hang and learn about arranging. This place is full of intellectuals and I'm looking forward to picking up a lot of tips.
I never took any formal classes on arranging. (wife, kids, college, broke) I've been self taught and do pretty well in the combo style. I wanted to undertake a larger project and hope to learn a lot by doing so.
I want to take a typical big band arrangement and convert it to concert band. I use Finale so cut and paste etc. is not a problem for various instruments.
I would like to first get some advice on which concert band instruments can duplicate the instrumentation of a big band arrangement. I would like to keep it as simple as possible to get it sounding good then I will start experimenting with re arranging and tweaking. But I would appreciate a jump start to get the best sound. I may never play it with a real band but this will be my first adventure in a larger project.
Perhaps this isn't something that can be done easily but any advice would be appreciated.