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Nov 19, 2010

Jenson's New Sound...Marching Band '81

Jenson Publications
Artist: Jenson Publications, Inc.
Album: Marching Band '81
Released: 1981
Label: Jenson Publications, Inc.

"Another One Bites The Dust"

50 comments:

Lee K. Seitz said...

I just discovered the Jenson Marching Band series of records at a thrift store yesterday. I know they did a marching band arrangement of "Pac-Man Fever". Does it happen to appear on this record? Thanks.

Bill Zimmerman said...

No, unfortunately, it doesn't. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. In addition to Jenson, there were a few other sheet music publishing companies that put out sampler albums with equally amusing results. Here's another example: http://othersideofmusic.blogspot.com/2010/05/charter-jazz-rock-ensemble-and-chamber.html

Lee K. Seitz said...

Oh my, that is, um, something. Thanks for getting back to me. I know it was available on cassette, but band directors had to order it, so I figure the odds of finding it are pretty bad. I've never seen it on eBay. I got the sheet music from eBay, but auctions for it were few and far between. I can make a MIDI out of what I have, but that's a long process. Maybe it's on the '82 album. I've got a query in at another blog about that.

jessie said...

I was looking through my old records, and I found my jensons best of 1977 marching band, but it is cracked, I was wondering if there was anyway I could get a copy of this as it was from my senior year (1977-78). Plese email me if you have it or know of where i could get it
Thanks

Bill Zimmerman said...

I don't have the "Best of '77" album although I always keep my eyes open for these and other similar albums. Since these albums were not commercially available, I imagine that the pressings were limited. I wish you luck in your search.

Dj9091 said...

To Lee K. Seitz...the Pac Man Fever song IS on the 1982 Jensen Album and I can e-mail you that track. I have every album from 1982-1988.

Bill, would love to purchase a CD copy of your 1981 album...interested?

Lee K. Seitz said...

Dj9091, that would great! You can reach me at lkseitz (at symbol here) hiwaay.net.

Dj9091 said...

Lee, e-mail sent with two attachments to the address you provided. Let me know if you don't et them and I'll send again. Enjoy!

Don

Bill Zimmerman said...

Hey Dj9091,
I could rip it to mp3 and make it available for download at no charge. I'm not sure how soon I'd be able to get to it though.

Dj9091 said...

Bill, That would be really awesome! Whenever you get the chance. In the short run, if Hungarian Rhapsody is on that album, I'd love to get that cut while waiting.

Please let me know if you'd like anything from the 1982, 1983, or 1985-89 albums...I can't find my 1984 (any chnace you'd have that one too?).

Thanks!

Don

gbrozak said...

I have all the Jenson albums digitized. Let me know if anyone is looking for a tune.

Dj9091 said...

gbrozak, any chance I could get Hungarian Rhapsondy from '81 and Only Time Will Tell fron '83? Would love to get the full albums from you, but those two would be AWESOME!

Gary said...

Is there a way possible I could get Stingray from 87, One More Time, Chuck Corea, Durango

Gary said...

@gbrozak .. man how did you find the time to get all of it digitized.. I would love to have that collection

rodsmd88 said...

@gbrozak I would love to get the album with the following tunes from ya if possible! Moorside March, Sun Cat, Carmina Burana, etc...pretty much the entire album if possible! :)

Thanks..

rodsmd88 said...

@gbrozak You can reach me at rodsmd88@gmail.com...Thanks again!

Gary said...

you can reach me at mastermusic480@gmail.com

Gary said...

@gbrozak you can reach me at mastermusic480@gmail.com

Rick Davila said...

Hi Bill. Any chance I can purchase a digital copy of the Marching Band 81 album?

Bob Callicutt said...

I have a lot of the Jenson albums, but am missing the 1985 Marching Band LP. It should be a double album. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me at brc031@gmail.com if you can send me mp3s or if you have sheet music for Higgin's "Hill Where the Lord Hides" or "Firestorm". Thanks!!

Bob Callicutt said...

By the way ... I have the following and can forward mp3s to anyone who needs.

Jenson 80
Jenson 83
Jenson 84 (summer edition)
Jenson 85 (summer edition)
Jenson 86

The summer editions were single lps and dont have the expanded selection the double lps do.

BTW, I am fortunate to say that in my high school days, Bill Raxdale and Bob Cotter ran my Band Camp my senior year. It was an honor. I have photos of each. I have a pic of Raxdale cozying up to my girlfriend in 85.

Thanks!

Bill Zimmerman said...

Unfortunately, I do not have the Jenson '85 album.

jojo8696 said...

I would REALLY love the 81' 84' and 86' albums as I own the other ones going all the way back to 77' Anyway I could purchase those from someone in CD form or via .mp3?

BTW- Interesting side note. I found a score on eBay of Downey's NY Fantasy from the 81' album. Always admired that tune and arrangement. I have looked for it since 2003 when I was a Sr. in high school. Finally found it yesterday

jojo8696 said...

@Bob_Callicutt

I have the 1985 Jenson album I believe. I will check and if I do, I will e-mail you those .mp3's

Kevin Schneider said...

Bill, I'm looking for the name of a percussion feature that is likely on teh '81 record -- mostly a mallet feature, kind of rag-timey style.

Can you tell me what was on this album in the percussion feature category?

Thanks.

Bill Zimmerman said...

Hey Kevin,
There is a cut called "Birdland" that is a rag-timey kind of percussion track. Hope this helps.

Andy Riley said...

DEAR BOB CALLICUTT: I have a HUGE collection of Jensen Marching Band promo recordings (1983 thru the early-90s), BUT they're all on CASSETTE (and I played the p!ss out of them)...so none of them play correctly anymore (magnetic print-through has occurred). May I PLEASE somehow get MP3 recordings of the (complete?) Jensen 1983 albums? Or, if it would be easier, an audio CD burn of Jensen MB 1983?? There were just SOOOOOO many awesome arrangements in every series offered that year that I still to this day find myself humming or hearing in my head a track from 1983. Does your offer of MP3s, etc. still stand? (My work e-mail: ariley@semo.edu) THANK YOU !!!!

sandog said...

I am looking for the Jensen recording of Roland Barrets "Throwdown". I believe it was on 87 marching band record. If someone has this, could you PLEASE, PLEASE send a digital copy to antonioruiz412@gmail.com . Thanks!

Kevsten said...

gbrozak , do you still have Jenson marching band albums available? I am looking for '80, '81' '82, '83, and '84. Let me know -email is kevsten@aol.com.
A handful of songs (La SuerteDe Los Tontos comes to mind) that are still in print (not many though), have a sound file to play at halleonard.com in the Band Orchestra section under Marching Band. Hal Leonard was of course Jenson's main music publishing competition. Hal Leonard bought Jenson Publishing in Sept 1989. Jenson also launched a record label called Dark Orchid Records originally to showcase the talents of composer/arranger Sammy Nestico. Besides selling the publishing business to Hal Leonard, Dark Orchid Records was bought by Palo Alto Records

bpreles said...

I'm looking for the Jensen marching band albums for the years 1988-1989 if anyone out there can help??? MP3 format if you have them.

Contact me at bpreles@gmail.com

Steve Elias said...

I would love to buy a copy of the 80 through 84 marching bands on disc if possible. Obviously I would be willing to buy them from whoever can burn them. My email is vmssteve@yahoo.com.

Sam Wibatt said...

I'm looking for these Jenson albums from '82 - '84, if any of you enthusiasts are still watching this thread I'd be happy to hear from you.

Many thanks,
Sean
samwibatt (atsign) gmail dot com

Gary said...

Anyone have recordings of Stingray and Firestorm by John Higgins if so can you email them mastermusic480@gmail.com

Dj9091 said...

Gary, I sent Firestorm to the e-mail you left. Can you tell me what year Stingray is from? I'll forward if I have it.

Don

Gary said...

Don thank you so much!!! I really enjoyed the music. You are truly the man!!! Does anyone have 1980 and 1981. I'm also looking for Cordoba it would have been on the 1979 album

Gary said...

mastermusic480@gmail.com

redladybuglover said...

Do you have Jensens marching band 88? My husband has been looking fot it.

Dj9091 said...

I do, but I only have the one marked Vol 1. I don't know if there is a volume 2. Let m ekow how to get it to you and I'll send you a link to download it.

Dj9091 said...

I'm still looking for the 1981 and 1984 albums if anyone is willing to share them or some requested cuts. Thanks!!

Don

A D Riley said...

Dj9091 (DON): may I please get MP3s of Carmina Burana and Africa from Jensen MB '83? (Is there a way of getting the complete 1983 MB album set from you...digitally, of course?) The Carmina Burana and Africa tracks may be sent to rileyad@sbcglobal.net. THANK YOU!

slbillingsley said...

I would love the MP3 "No time for talk" - or even the whole album from 1983 Jensen Sounds of Excitement. slbillingsley@yahoo.com

TalkTapes said...

I collect old marching band recordings like this. I'm always looking to acquire more recordings.
I haven't digitized my recordings yet, but if there is anything specific anyone is looking for, I can try to digitize it for you.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ag8BvF-eDZ20dE1VNzBVU0tlZ0FWZnk3aXFKMms3Y0E&usp=sharing

Some of the tapes are marked "damaged", but they can likely be repaired with a little work.

email: TalknetTapes@gmail.com

kevin said...

Hello, I would like to get gypsy fantasy and Cumana, the percussion pieces from '80. kjfarley at gmail dot com. Thank you,
Kevin Farley

Golfie said...

I was in the NLU marching band in 1980-81, and my copy of the Jenson Marching Band '81 is warped beyond playability. Does anyone have .mp3s of the live show that was recorded (four tracks, Pictures at an Exhibition, Bit 'O Rhythm, Birdland, Over the Rainbow). If anyone has those and is willing to forward, my email is wgallejr@comcast.net

Thank you,
Warren Gallé

Joel Javier Sanchez said...

I'm looking for a recording of Overkill by Men At Work from the Summer '83 album, if anyone can email me a copy at joeljsanchez (at) gmail.com, thank you so much!

J.W. Arnold said...

Amazed to have found this discussion. You've all got me nostalgic for those great old arrangements. Could anyone share mp3 files of these Jenson tunes:
Dindi, Ya Gotta Try, Free, Moorside March, Carmina Burana, Aztec Fire. I'd really appreciate it. My email is jw prdconline com. Many thanks!

ohiobrass said...

I'm so happy to have found this blog. I'm looking for Hal Leonard marching band promo 1987,1986,1988,1989 and 1990. I'm really interested in the early Richard Saucedo arrangements as well arrangements by Tim Waters. Thanks a bunch!

Jared Brame said...

I would love to get my hands on the following tunes--haven't heard them in years!

1. La Suerte De Los Tontos (1981)
2. New York Fantasy (1981)
3. Dindi (1983?)
4. Tiger of San Pedro (1984?)

Dj9091 said...

Jared, I have all the songs you are looking for. Let me know how I can reach you and I'll e-mail them over.

Don

Jared Brame said...

Don,

I'm at jbrame5 at yahoo.

Thank you so much!!