Smarty Pants and Bubblegum


Smarty Pants and Bubblegum

Item Code:
Brolga Music

Based around the antics of Smarty Pants the Clown, Smarty Pants and Bubble Gum is a fun and silly piece willed with honks, ratchets, glissandi and crazy dissonances.

Program Notes

One of the great pleasures of being involved in community music making is the variety of performance opportunities presented to the ensemble. The Brisbane Municipal Concert Band has often performed concerts programed specifically for young children. At some of these events we have shared the stage with Smarty Pants the clown.

In typical clown style, Smarty Pants rides his tiny bicycle across the stage, makes balloon hats and tells terrible jokes that make the kids scream with laughter. He commandeers the band, conducts for a little while with a giant fork and leads a clown conga line around the park. When he’s done, he brings out his star attraction a rabbit called Bubble Gum, for the kids to pat and hold. This work is fun and silly. There are honks, ratchets, glissandi and crazy dissonances.

Smarty Pants and Bubble Gum was premiered on a beautiful Brisbane spring afternoon at Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens stage with Smarty Pants in his finest form.

Grade Level: 3
Copyright: 2016

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Sample PDF

  • Smarty Pants & Bubble Gum - Sample Score.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    Horn 1
    Horn 2
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Baritone T.C.

    Percussion 1 (triangle, snare drum, woodblock, bass drum, horn)
    Percussion 2 (glockenspiel, crash cymbals, slide whistle)
    Percussion 3 (xylophone, tambourine)