Five-Note Jive


Five-Note Jive


Kiefer, Ed

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

A Collection for Beginning Band

Five-Note Jive is a delightful collection of three tunes for beginning band and optional electronic accompaniment that utilizes only the first five notes of the B-flat major scale. The groovin’ accompaniment tracks will have your student begging to play these pieces over and over.


Program Notes

Return of the Gladiators - Ed Kiefer
Hot Cross Beatz - Traditional/arr. Ed Kiefer
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When writing this series, I wanted to created a bridge between what young band students hear every day on the radio, TV, & movies with other types of music that they may not be familiar. I also wanted to make sure the students and their audiences have fun! This is not a new idea. We have added rock/disco beats and jazz swing to Bach and Beethoven before. This series is simply an updated version, infusing good classical music with hip hop, funk, and more. With each arrangement comes a CD (or you can download the mp3 track from the C. Alan Publications website) with an engaging drum ‘n’ bass beat that complements the arrangements, varying as the pieces progresses, yet remaining simple enough to make it easy to play along. The band will have a blast playing along to a booming bass while learning important classical melodies. The arrangements are easy and well within the reach of younger players. They may also be performed without the recorded track, but it’s much more fun with it! As a middle school band director, I was always looking for fun ways to introduce my students to all kinds of music. I was also looking for a fun way to keep students engaged and help them realize the commonalities between their pop music and other styles. This series will help you with these objectives. Most of all, have fun!

- Ed Kiefer

Grade Level: 0.5
Copyright: 2014
Number of Players: Standard + Electronics
Duration: 5:00 total

Listen to Recordings

Sample PDF

  • 5notejive.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1 & 2
    Oboe (optional)
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Bass Clarinet
    E-flat Alto Saxophone
    B-flat Tenor Saxophone
    E-flat Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    F Horn
    Euphonium (bass clef)
    Baritone (treble clef)

    Timpani (optional)
    Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum)
    Percussion 2 (tambourine, crash cymbals)
    Mallets (bells, xylophone) [optional]