A Coon Band Contest (1899)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: A.W. Pryor Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 504
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
A Coon Band Contest is cakewalk and was made immensely popular by Sousa's band. Interestingly, Sousa himself is said to have detested such music but appreciated its commercial value to the extent that Pryor, his lead trombonist, was given the task of composing cakewalks. It was such a success that it was recycled in 1918 without any editing as a Jazz Fox Trot. As it is, A Coon Band Contest is a lively piece in AABBCCC form having a 4-bar introduction as well as 4- and 12-bar interludes between the BB -CC and CC-C sections respectively. The treble will especially enjoy this piece having the melodies from start to finish with hardly a pause for breath and the bass perhaps more so in imitating a trombone in the C-strain.
A Coon Band Contest was published in 1918 by Emil Ascher, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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