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  • Denis DiBlasio

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    Hey Chris.

    Love your writing.

    Do you sell your Christmas arrangements for big band?

    Stay well
    DDB

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  • Angel

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    Hey Chris, i want to know whats your rate for big band arrangements? I live in Puerto Rico.
    Thanks

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  • John Feeny

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    Chris,
    We do a “Big Band Praise” one Sunday every summer. I contacted you in July or August about some more tunes. At that time you were getting ready to go into the studio to record some new ones. I am wondering if you have any available now. I have all the Brentwood tunes and Big Band Hymns tunes already. Please let me know. I really enjoy playing your tunes.
    John Feeny

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    • slidemcd

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      Hi John-

      We are recording our seventh CD at the end of January.
      Release will be no later than earl April. Arrangements will be available at that time-
      Best,
      Chris

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  • Rich

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    AWESOME! More! More! These are, by far, the best Christmas big band arrangements! It’s been my favorite Christmas album since I first heard it. Chris – please consider making all of these arrangements available!
    ~Rich

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  • Wolfgang Meyer

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    Hi Chris
    I am from Hamburg in Germany, and I am just starting a Gospelbigband here in Hamburg /German
    Larry Randall gave me Your name.Wow awesome.
    I could get some of my music arrangement from You?I see, that you have produced The Brenntwood Jazz Orchestre a few years ago.
    I just got the CD from the USA
    Great.
    Is it still pos to get some of the arrangement from that CD?
    Thats it from Hamburg
    Yours
    Wolfgang(Wolfie) Meyer (Playing t-Sax)

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  • Darin Atwater

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    Dear Chris,

    I am looking for a string arrangement “The Storm is Over” TD Jakes for rental and performance with Soulful Symphony. Please advise. Huge fan of your work!

    All Best,
    Ray Redditt
    assistant to Darin Atwater

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  • Jack Bowers

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    Hi Chris

    Got your message about the new CD, “No Pews Required,” and was wondering if you’d like a review. I’ve reviewed a number of your albums in the past, and am still big-band editor at the award-winning web site, http://www.allaboutjazz. Would love to say a few words about the new album.

    Thanks for considering the request. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes

    Jack Bowers

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  • Dr. Robert "Coach" Fleming

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    Hi Chris,
    Your writing is sensational. I am very proud that you were a student of mine at UT Martin.
    Do you have CDs of your arrangements? I sure would like to get some.
    Coach
    Dr. Robert “Coach” Fleming
    Tresona Multimedia
    Co-Founder & Chairman
    Coastal Communities Concert Band,
    San Diego, CA
    Musical Director/Conductor Emeritus
    Arizona State University
    Associate Director of Bands Emeritus
    Sun Devil Marching Band Director (1974-2002)
    Phone – 480-215-8183
    E-mail – Robert.Fleming@asu.edu
    1114 East Carmen Street
    Tempe, AZ 85283

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  • John Mills

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    Chris,
    I do have a big band in Greeley, Colo and would like a acquire some of your arrangements. From time to time, we do sacred concerts as well as the standard big band lit.

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    • Doug Barta

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      Chris,

      I have known John for years and I am a member of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra based out of Denver, and for now, I would like to acquire your take on “Holy, Holy, Holy”, but I have a question for you in the fact that if I order the chart today, how long would it take to get to me? The band is preparing for a sacred concert at my church here in Parker, CO and I would like to receive the chart in the next week or so. Let me know what the time frame might be on ordering that one chart…..great stuff!

      Regards,

      Doug Barta
      Parker, CO

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  • Erik Lars Hansen

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    I co-leaad the Jazz Bar Big Band in Edinburgh, Scotland and found you through the Facebook Big Band page. I love the chart on Will The Circle Be Unbroken and would like to purchase a copy. Leave it to Nashville to have such a smoking band! My question is whether it is possible to get a PDF copy as well as the printed version? Since I never put originals in the book, a PDF copy would save me the trouble of sitting by my scanner copying each page so that I can print it out onto Tabloid/A3 paper.

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  • Billy Orton

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    Hi, Chris,

    Our Big Band loves your music! We have recently done one of your charts that include a vocalist (He Keeps Me Singing, arranged for Babbie Mason). Am very interested in finding a similar Christmas selection. Advice, suggestions?

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  • Kelsey Shiba

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    Dear Chris,

    We need to get in touch regarding publication on a chart. How can we send you an email. Thank you for your time.

    All the best,

    Kelsey Shiba

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  • Marius

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    Dear Chris,

    Your Christmas arrangements are awesom. I’d like to purchase three of them if it’s possible?

    All the best,

    Marius

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  • Bob Duffy

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    Hi Chris,
    My best discovery of this recent Christmas season. Outstanding work! I’m really enjoying all your music.

    Sincerely,

    -Bob

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  • andrew

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    Hi Chris, I always love your arrangements and cds and talked to you about 10 years ago on phone. I need to do a new cd for my big band but every studio I go to wants to do the 40′s sound. That is the last thing I want. My big band plays rock, motown, 80′s, new stuff etc and I want the presence like you get on your cd’s. Any advise on what I can say to engineer so they get it? Do you all do a couple takes on each chart? Thanks so much.

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  • Dione Ibaldo

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    Hello, my name is Dione Ibaldo, I’m from Brazil, I wonder how to get music made for big band. big hug

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  • Andre

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    Hi i live in Brasil, i would like to know if you send/Ship the cd to brazil. Thanks

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    • slidemcd

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      Yes, we ship worldwide.

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  • Rick

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    Hi Chris,
    I was wandering if there is a chance to attend any live concert you may perform soon with your big band. Any dates anywhere in California? How about a Big Band Christmas tour?

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  • Bill OConnell

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    I will be playing your CD on Chicago Jazz Radio this Sunday 11/29 at 6pm Chicago time streaming at http://www.WDCB.org

    Tell your sidemen and fans.
    Thanks for keeping the big band sounds alive!

    Jingle Bells Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
    Joy to the World Ralph Carmichael
    White Christmas United States Air Force
    What a Wonderful World New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
    Sleigh Ride Count Basie
    We Three Kings Tom Kubis
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen The Capitol Bones
    Greensleeves The Capitol Bones
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Chris McDonald
    Go Tell it on The Mountain The Trilogy Big Band
    Somewhere in my Memory Gordon Goodwyn

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    • slidemcd

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      Thank you Bill, will do, and we appreciate it! Looks like we’re in good company! Merry Christmas, Chris

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  • Gage Blackwell

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    Hi Chris!
    I am in the 8th grade and am an avid jazz lover. I love all of your stuff and own a bunch of your albums! They were just the kind of music I needed to get into the Christmas spirit this year.
    I have a few questions for you. First, When are you going to release a new album? I really enjoyed last years Jingle Bell Mambo. I think that it was an absolutely genius idea to turn Christmas songs into the Latin style.
    Also, are you familiar with Caleb Chapman studios in Utah? I play third Trumpet in the Crescent Little Big Band, and I was wondering if you have heard of them.
    This leads me to my final question. The Crescent Little Big Band is attending the JEN Conference this January, and I was wondering if you were attending?
    Thank you so much for sharing your musical and arranging talents. I really enjoy listening to your music!

    -Gage

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  • Ron Cristopher

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    Chris,

    Might you have been part of the horn section Cheryl Rogers used to bring to Atanta for sessions? Doppler Studios? I hired your section for a rock + roll track we recorded in Nashville? If so, great to find you…we should have a conversation. roncristopher@gmail.com. 770.663.4730. Cheers. Ron

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  • JOEL EVANGELISTA

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    BOM DIA!

    GOSTARIA SE FOSSE POSSIVEL ENVIAR PARA MEU E_MAIL UNS ARRANJOS PARA TOCARMOS EM NOSSA IGREJA AQUI NO BRASIL

    FORMAÇÃO: BIG BAND OU ORQUESTRA COMPOSTA POR – CLARINETA, SAX ALTO, SAX TENOR, SAX HORN , TROMBONES, BOMBARDÃO, BASS CORDA ELETRICO, GUITARRA, PIANO , BATERIA, FLAUTAS.

    DEUS ABENÇOE TEU MINISTERIO

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  • Kevin Williams

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    Hi, my name is Kevin and I am a jazz major at the University of
    Tennessee. I play trumpet in the big band there. First off I must say, I absolutely love your arrangements and your christmas CD! I was wondering if you guys need a sub or wouldn’t mind letting me sit in with you guys during one of your performances. I’ve played lead in my high school big band (Hume-Fogg) in mid-state jazz band and Allstate jazz band.
    Thanks!

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  • Johnny Almeida

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    purchasing arrangements ?

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    • slidemcd

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      use the “shop” pulldown menu, top right of the page. Choose “Constant Dreamer Store”.

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  • Joel Evangelista

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    Gostaria de me doasse partituras

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  • slidemcd

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    Hi Mike-

    At this time, I am only recording and publishing my own material, so I am not seeking outside submissions. Things cold change, but that’s my plan for the time being. However, I would like to hear what you come up with-that’s a very cool tune… Best of luck-Chris

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  • Michael Kemp

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    Hey Chris, I am looking for the horn arrangement of a Gaither Vocal Band song called, “Give It Away.” I saw that you played bone on that chart back in 2006. Do you know who did the horn arrangement?

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    • slidemcd

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      Hi Michael- I’m thinking that I wrote that- let me check with my copiest, and see if he still has it- CM

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  • Ryan Page

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    Good evening Chris,

    I’m a Music Ed student minoring in composition. I was just wondering, what score-notation software do you use? Obviously a skilled composer/arranger could make do with paper and pencil, this being the 21st century however, what would you recommend?

    Yours in music,
    -Ryan

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    • slidemcd

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      Hi Ryan- I still write with pencil and paper. Producers/clients these days like to hear a mock-up before a recording session, and I use Digital Performer as my DAW, along with a library of samples. When everything is approved, and on paper like I want it, THEN I enter the score into Finale. A redundant process…but it’s my process.

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  • Christopher Yochum

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    Mr. McDonald,

    I just bought a CD of Christmas songs, with your arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” sung by Carrie Underwood. I heard it on the radio on the way to work a few years back, and rediscovered it online. After listening over and over, I just had to buy my own copy. I’ve never really cared for the song, really…until I heard this version.

    There’s something you’ve done that no other arranger has done. Kristin Chenowith is, I think, a more spectacular singer, but the arrangement for her version does nothing for me. Mannheim Steamroller’s version (and I love Chip Davis) is nowhere near yours. You took what is typically a staid, de rigueur, standard cadence that occurs throughout the song (typically just done by jumping from the dominant to the tonic (assuming the song’s in C, going from G to C or even B-flat to C) to this incredibly gorgeous, dissonant B-Flat Major 7th over D…or somesuch. I can’t really figure it out because I don’t currently have a keyboard; I just read that from some sheet music online, so I’m not sure it’s right. But the point is it’s so beautiful I listen to the song sometimes three times consecutively, waiting for those cadences. And half the time I think you mix it up by using another, different chord that jumps to the tonic. Gosh it’s so beautiful. Since I was a little boy, I would come home from church and hear the chords in my head and sing the bass, not the melody. I can hear a song once, then play it (but just 18th-century tonality; forget Steely Dan!) I’ve always wanted to be a writer and have a degree in music, so I really pay attention and know what I’m hearing. There’s a lot of stuff out there, even professionally produced, that is serviceable, but not, well, pretty. I’m sorry for the length of this, but I just wanted you to know that I think you’re a brilliant arranger. I find myself saying out loud “Gosh, that’s so beautiful,” after each listening of your arrangement. Someday I would like to get my studio up and running and do work half as good. With great admiration. Christopher Yochum

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  • Melle Sensibaugh

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    I am in my 70′s, a musician since age ,3 and have played with, heard about, listened to, 1000′s of music groups. Where have you been all my life?!! What a fantastic sound. Tight. Can say without doubt, you are one of the best I’ve encountered. Keep the sound coming. My husband and I will be looking for your recordings and purchasing any available. Any suggestion as to best source?

    Thank you,
    Melle Sensibaugh

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  • Jefferson Westwood

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    Hi Chris,
    I purchased you arrangement for Deck the Halls for Big Band and Vocal Group a few years ago and it worked really well. I am getting ready to place another order and notice that although there seem be three pages of in your store, each page has the same list of charts, each page ends with the arrangement of Deck the Halls with Vocal Group. I want to make sure I am not missing anything. Please advise.

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  • slidemcd

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    Hi Bob- that arrangement is sold exclusively through Green Hill Music. You will need to contact Rhonda Celsor to purchase.
    rcelsor@greenhillproductions.com
    (615) 837-2106

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  • Carlos Almeida

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    Hi Chris,

    Are “Jingle Bell Mambo! and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” arrangements available for sale? Great job on the newest album!

    Thanks!
    Carlos Almeida
    A Touch Of Brass Big Band
    San Jose, California

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    • slidemcd

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      Hi Carlos- thank you! I’m sorry, but as of this time, those arrangements are not available- CM. UPDATE- Jingle Bell Mambo is now available, in PDF format. Full big band, plus percussion and vocals.

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  • Chris Alsdorf

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    Chris, what arrangements, other than Pat-a-Pan, from the Jingle Bell Mambo album are available for purchase. Thx – Chris A.

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  • Tom Ehlen

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    Hi Chris, I’m a pro trumpet guy in Las Vegas and attend Southern Hills Baptist Church. They want me to play something for their Christmas program Dec. 2nd and I have nothing. I’ve heard some of the nice things you’ve done for your trpt. guy and am wondering if you have any other music for trumpet. ??

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  • Chris Coulter

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    Thank you!

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  • Jason Schultz

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    Hi Chris. I was in the IUP Marching Band with Doc Casavant in the late 90s. Are you the Chris McDonald that did the arrangement of Amazing Grace that the band has now played for nearly 40 years? If so, I would like to purchase it for my band to play. I now direct band in NC grades 5-12. How can I get that from you? Thanks!

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  • paulo henrique da cunha francisco

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    Tenho seu Arranjo do Hino: When the roll is called up , porém extraviou a parte de III Trumpet.

    Como posso conseguí-la?

    Procurei para comprar o Arranjo completo, mas não encontrei…

    Paulo H C Francisco

    **********************************************************************************

    I have your Hymn Arrangement: When the roll is called up, but misplaced the part of III Trumpet.

    How can I get it?

    I tried to buy the complete Arrangement, but I did not find …

    Paulo H C Francisco

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  • MARCOS MACHADO

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    I live in Curitiba / Brazil how can I buy? I can buy online?

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  • Jimmy R Battle

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    Chris, I’ve been a fan of your charts for years..such original and clever writing. I play bass trombone and you write well for that horn. I bought the Big Band Hymns CD about ’95 and listening to the first track, “I’ll Fly Away”, and enjoyed how you merged the old big band motives so fluidly. Then it melded to the “In The Mood” motive and the bass trombone player laid down that ff pedal tone! I knew the sound of Ernie Collins. No one else has that sound. His “tuba major playing bass trombone” sound is huge. I know his sound because He followed me playing bass trombone for Roger Breland and TRUTH. I kept up with their recordings and went to their concerts whenever I could, and always enjoyed Ernie’s playing. I’m glad you continued to use him.

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    • slidemcd

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      Thank you Jimmy, and I agree about Ernie-he is quite a unique talent. I still get him in from NYC whenever I can.

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  • Mary E Megna

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    Hi Chris, I was a member of the IUP Marching Band in 1981 when the band started playing your arrangement of Amazing Grace. I am working on a project regarding that 38 year tradition with a film teacher at IUP. We hope to use many clips of the band playing your arrangement of Amazing Grace. She asked me to find out who owns the rights to the arrangement and if we can get written permission to use the arrangement in the film. I have already asked Dr. Casavant if he has the rights and he said no. So do you have the rights to the arrangement and if so can I get your permission to use it in the film? Thanks so much for your help in this matter. Mary

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  • Bernt Haakon Danielsson

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    Hi, Chris. Is it possible to play your arrangement on Fairest Lord Jesus without strings? Do you have a score sample for me?

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  • Joseph loflin

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    Hi chris I love the O’wondrous night show from SeaWorld I am saddened it won’t be coming back to San Diego is there a way I can get the soundtrack please let me know I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Joseph loflin

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    • slidemcd

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      Hi Joseph- thank you so much. Unfortunately, that music is owned by SeaWorld, and I cannot share it. You might check YouTube for visitor recordings.

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  • Alex Dns

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    Hi Chris,

    I planning a Christmas concert for 2020 and I would like to buy the sheet music of “Deck the Hall”, but your site is not secure (he can’t provide a secure connection). So can you secure the site and the data with HTTPS ? Otherwise our music sheet budget will not accept.
    Thank you and bravo for his arrangements which are superb.

    Alex

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