Trumpet Quartets

Trumpet quartet is one of the most standard trumpet ensemble instrumentations. Not only is it a full instrumentation, but it also affords the composer to pit duets against each other. This gives the music a greater level of excitement that cannot be achieved with smaller instrumentations.

Eddie Lewis has been composing trumpet quartets since he was in high school. His very first composition was a trumpet quartet that he wrote for him and his friends to play just for fun. Today Eddie continues to write for trumpet quartet and they are still as fun as ever.

Chromatic March
Chromatic March for Trumpet Quartet

Chromatic March

For Trumpet Quartet

Information coming soon…
Until then, here’s the video…

Easter Fanfare
Easter Fanfare for Trumpet Quartet

Easter Fanfare

For Trumpet Quartet

Eddie Lewis composed this trumpet fanfare late in the day on Easter Sunday, after having spent the day celebrating our most important holiday as Christians. This is what Easter sounds like to him. Easter Fanfare is part of a series of trumpet ensemble works that sound like the day they were written for. So far the series has compositions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter.

Easter Fanfare is an original trumpet fanfare in five-four time signature. It features a call and response section at the beginning which is followed by an episode of flourishes. It returns to the main theme to end. (The repeat at the beginning of the piece is optional.)

The composition celebrates Christ’s resurrection, proclaiming loudly with great joy that our savior has risen from the grave.

The Gardener for Trumpet Quartet

The Gardener

The Gardener

For Trumpet Quartet

The Gardner is an easy trumpet quartet composition. It was designed as an educational piece that sounds interesting to the audience while offering something enjoyable for the students to practice. Each student gets to shine with four measure solos in the third section of the piece. Also, there is at least one trill in each of the parts except for the third trumpet part. The skill level of The Gardner is a little deceptive. It is an easy piece, but it will need some rehearsal time to prepare it correctly. The first trumpet part never goes higher than fourth space E, but it does stay up there for a while. It is probably best performed by a student with a range higher than fourth space E.

Copyright Date: 2019

PRO: BMI

Happy Camper

Happy Camper for Trumpet Quartet

Happy Camper

For Trumpet Quartet

Here’s a fun swing piece for trumpet quartet that will get your fingers poppin’ and your toes tappin’. Happy Camper has a bouncy, bluesy sound that will add something special to your event. You can program it as something light on a otherwise serious recital, or you can use it as something fun to play for concerts at malls, parks and churches.

The first trumpet part has a range up to high C above the staff. The piece is supposed to swing, but you could use it as a teaching vehicle for learning how to swing.

The style of this piece borders between New Orleans and old-fashioned swing. Now that I’m thinking about it, it sounds a little like the old Bugs Bower swing duets.

Copyright Year: 2018

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Happy Dance of Praise for Trumpet Quartet
Happy Dance of Praise

Happy Dance of Praise

For Trumpet Quartet

Happy Dance of Praise is our fifth trumpet quartet in the swing style. People are enjoying these little novelty pieces and that makes sense because they are fun to practice, fun to rehearse and fun to perform. Happy Dance of Praise is basically a twenty-four-bar blues with the solo part being passed to each of the parts throughout the composition. The technique/skill level can be tough if you play it at the written tempo (just over 200 bpm) but should sound just as good at a slower tempo if that is necessary.

Copyright Year: 2019

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Hogsback Haven
Hagsback Haven for Trumpet Quartet

Hogsback Haven

For Trumpet Quartet

Hogsback Haven is a composition inspired by Eddie Lewis’ trip to the famous town in South Africa where J. R. R. Tolkien spent his childhood. It is said that much of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was inspired by Tolkien’s memories of his time growing up in Hogsback.

Eddie and his wife, Pearl, visited Hogsback with his mother-in-law, Milda, in the winter of 2016. The trumpet composition was begun on location, but completed almost a year later.

As quartets go, Hogsback Haven is probably Eddie Lewis’ most major work.

Copyright Year: 2017

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

A Maestro Moment – Beginner Trumpet Quartet
A maestro Moment

A Maestro Moment

For Beginner Trumpet Quartet

A Maestro Moment was composed to give absolute beginners a performance vehicle within the first few weeks of their experience on the trumpet. The composition is very easy. It is only sixteen measures long. The highest note is G in the staff (second line G), and the smallest rhythmic value is a quarter note. There are no accidentals. It really is a composition specifically designed for beginners.

For slightly more advanced trumpet students, A Maestro Moment makes a great sight reading piece.

Copyright Year: 2018

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

No Concession Blues – Trumpet Quartet
No Concession Blues for Trumpet Quartet

No Concession Blues

For Trumpet Quartet

No Concessoin Blues began as a fake tune Eddie Lewis wrote for one of his Living Rhythms gigs at Cezanne Jazz Club. The title is supposed to be a little tongue-in-cheek because it’s not a blues. It’s actually based on altered I’ve Got Rhythm chord progressions.

No Concession Blues is by far our most popular trumpet quartet. It is also one of our best selling compositions, second only to Eddie’s arrangement of Amazing Grace for trumpet duet.

Copyright Year: 2016

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Something’s Gonna Happen – Trumpet Quartet
Somethings Gonna Happen Cuz I Can Feel It

Something’s Gonna Happen
Cuz I Can Feel It

For Trumpet Quartet

Here’s something you don’t see every day, a Dixie-land styled trumpet quartet. This is a playful, fun swing piece that your trumpet group will love to practice and perform.

It’s not very high and there are plenty of rests for each player. So in a physical sense, Something’s Gonna Happen is not very difficult. There are, however, a few places in the composition where there’s a lot going on rhythmically. So this quartet will take some preparation time.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

This is the Day
This is the Day for Trumpet Quartet by Eddie Lewis

This is the Day

For Trumpet Quartet

This is the Day began as an idea for a new version of a Praise and Worship song, a new melody on the same Biblical text. The song was never given a chance as at our church at the time, so I decided to turn it into a trumpet quartet.

I’m glad I did. This piece has been very well received around the world. It has been a big hit since its first release.

The rhythms in this piece, like many of my other brass works, are derived from the clave, a rhythm that is prominent in salsa music. That’s what gives the composition the sense of excitement that everyone seems to enjoy.

Copyright Year: 2016
Performance Rights Organization: BMI