I recently had the pleasure of learning how to arrange music for a bassoon trio. That’s not something I ever really thought I’d say! My good friend Maia Hamann teaches bassoon at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She formed a trio with two of her students and wanted to play an open mic night at a local coffeeshop with them. I had just arranged a quick piece from the Jem & The Holograms theme song for one of her other groups, the Twin Cities Trio. I went ahead and rearranged that for three bassoons. I asked if Maia or her students had any suggestions for other songs. I arranged a few more pieces that they suggested as well as rearranging my first Twin Cities Trio piece, Super Mario Bros. Suite. I then got the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal with them so I could get their feedback and change whatever they wanted. After all, they’re the ones delivering this music to the audience, not me. They should get as much input about what’s in the arrangement as anybody. From start to finish, it was really a rewarding experience for me. I think they had fun performing at the coffee shop too.
Here’s the playlist with the full set by The Local Bocals from their only performance, July 13, 2018. Have a listen and enjoy! What would you like me to arrange for your bassoon trio?