Re: Looking for the best
Posted by My Two Cents on 11/30/2019, 5:40 am, in reply to "Looking for the best"
I’ve written shows for a long time and have worked directly with every arranger listed here (and many other great ones) and I will say that there is no “magic person.” Find an arranger you like and that works well with you and your school; one who understands the needs of your students and community; one that will call or email you back in a reasonable amount of time, and stick with him or her. |
Hiring a “big name” that doesn’t give you individualized attention or the show on time is pointless. Now, I will say that teaching experience with your arrangers, especially those that have taught good bands at a high level, is very important to consider (also in drill wiring.). There’s something to be said of an arranger or drill writer that had to teach his or her own music/dots.
I recently sold two different bands the same used show from my library. One band got a second division. The other band made 5A State for the first time. A good arranger is only one cog in the machine. A director with “boots on the ground” has to make the show come to life.
Based on your experience, who is the best MB arranger/writer for HS bands?
If money wasn’t an issue and you wanted a custom show, who would you go with?