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Yestertunes Book Details

Book 2

Mostly 1920s and early ‘30s music. Some arrangements may be a little newer. 

The general format is “3/3,” as indicated on the spreadsheet.


Book 3 A, B, C

Ensembles of 7 to 10. No specific era.

All book 3’s can be 1, 2, or 3 woodwinds - often clarinet if only 1.

3A brass: 1 trumpet

3B brass: 1 trumpet, 1 trombone

3C brass: 2 trumpets, 1 trombone

Rhythm: piano, banjo/guitar, tuba/bass, drums, and may have strings.


Book 4

“Tenor Band”

Ensembles of 7 to 10.

3 or 4 tenor saxes and 3 to 6 brass.

Rhythm: piano, banjo/guitar, tuba/bass, and drums 


Book 5

The 1900s to 1920s. Some arrangements may be a little newer.

The Brass and reeds vary; check the BR/SX column for specifics. 

Rhythm: piano, bass, drums, and may have a banjo, guitar, and/or strings.


Book 7

The 1930s to 1940s, with some charts being newer arrangements.

Ensembles 6/5 or fewer; check the BR/SX column for specifics. 

Rhythm: piano, guitar, bass, drums, and possibly strings.


Book 8

“Modern” full Big Band, 16 to 22 pieces.

Mostly 8/5 BR/SX.

Rhythm: piano, guitar, bass, and drums.


Book 9

The U.S. Navy Music School Stage Band Orchestrations

The school was organized pre-WW II; these charts were used for shipboard and social functions.

The dance orchestra charts date from 1945 to 1955.

Generally, the instrumentation is 8/5 with rhythm; no strings.

Many conductor scores are available.



Ensembles of 7 or 8 instruments.

BR/SX: 2/2 (often clarinet/tenor)

Rhythm: piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

(The Dave Pell octet charts require an active guitar.)


Book 11

Vocal featured throughout.

Instrumentation varies; check the BR/SX column, instrumentation, and notes columns for specifics.


Book 12

Forty orchestrations featuring five saxophones.

Brass tends to be 1 trumpet or none.

King Instrument Company charts: no piano and guitar.

Generally, short charts.

Book 13

Charts of arrangers Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, Robin Wetter, and Charlie Sonnanstine.

These charts are the two-cornet style of King Oliver’s Band in the tradition of New Orleans Jazz.

Generally, BR/SX is 3/1 (the 1 being clarinet)

Rhythm: piano, banjo, tuba, and may have drums.

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