Trumpet Sextet

Sextet is regarded by some as being the most standard trumpet ensemble instrumentation. Six trumpets offer the composer more liberty in voicings without over-taxing the individual players.

Four Parables
Four Parables

Four Parables

For Six Trumpets

Four Parables is Eddie Lewis’ first trumpet sextet work. The composition is based on an unaccompanied piece he wrote with the same title. You can find that unaccompanied trumpet solo in his book titled The Calling (Amazon, SMP).

The Four Parables has been very well accepted by the trumpet community and has been performed around the world.

Copyright Year: 2008
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Good Shepherd Shuffle
Good Shepherd Shuffle

Good Shepherd Shuffle

For Trumpet Sextet

The Good Shepherd Shuffle is a swinging jazz composition for four trumpets and two flugelhorns (two more trumpets can substitute for flugelhorn parts).

If you are subscribed to Eddie Lewis’ Youtube channel, you have probably heard the Good Shepherd Shuffle already because he uses it as his bumper music on his educational videos. Click HERE to visit Eddie’s YouTube channel.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Moving in Miracles
Moving_in_Miracles

Moving in Miracles

For Trumpet Sextet

Moving in Miracles is different from most of my other works. It was written to serve as background music to Dr. Pearl Lewis’ Healing Patterns coloring book promotional video. The idea was to write something that would unfold as the video filled in the colors of one of the pages in the book.

Copyright Year: 2015
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Hopewell Suite – Trumpet Sextet
Hopwell Suite for Trumpet Sextet

Hopewell Suite

For Trumpet Sextet

Hopewell Suite is my most major work for trumpet ensemble to date. It is a suite of seven movements lasting over twenty minutes.

Hopwell is the name of my brother-in-law’s farm in Komga, which is in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is one of my favorite places in the world, not just because of the beautiful country side and wildlife, but because that’s where a big part of our family is.

This suite was composed using inspirations I collected on our most recent trip to South Africa. I was invited to teach and perform at the National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. While we were in South Africa, I had a large number of inspirations… melodies and composition ideas that just popped into my head. (I consider these unbidden melodies and ideas to be precious gifts from God.) This suite is composed entirely of those inspirations.

Hopewell Suite is not only my most major trumpet work to date, it is also, in my opinion, my best composition.

Copyright Year: 2016
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Seis Mambessos
Seis Mambesos

Seis Mambesos

For Trumpet Sextet

Seis Mambesos is a sizzling Latin number composed for six trumpets. The piece is based on rhythms and melodies influenced by Eddie Lewis’ tenure as a salsa trumpet player in the Houston area.

Copyright Year: 2012
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Standing Firm in Christ
Stand Firm in Christ for Trumpet Sextet

Stand Firm in Christ

For Trumpet Sextet

Stand Firm in Christ Trumpet Sextet by Eddie Lewis Stand Firm in Christ is a very ambitious trumpet sextet in twelve/eight time. The inspirations for the various themes in this “rhapsody” come from Eddie Lewis’ time in South Africa where he performed and taught for the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, in 2016. The piece takes a great deal of endurance and will either need to be cut or double up on the number of players on each part. When I realized the piece was going to be too strenuous for the top trumpet players, I shifted gears and began envisioning it with two or more players per part. I will eventually make a recording that reflects that sound, in contrast to this recording which is only one player per part. This trumpet sextet rhapsody takes you on a powerful journey. The story outlines the day to day life of a Christian. It is a story of victory over evil. The Apostle Paul said that each day is a battle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). As Christians who walk in God’s will on a daily basis, this is our life. But we are victorious in Christ when we stand firm in His strength. On a personal note, I know that it is bad writing to compose a piece that will challenge the trumpet players’ chops, in a physical sense, as much as this one does. I made a decision to stick to the plan for the sake of the musical story. I do not anticipate selling as many of these pieces as my other works. It is an entirely impractical piece of music, but the story and message are very powerful. I wanted to stay true to THAT story instead of making the piece more commercially viable. I hope that makes sense. Like I said, I wouldn’t normally write this way…. not because of the money I’m missing out on…. but because I write music for people to perform. I almost always have the performers in mind when I write music. But this time I decided to remain loyal to the message and present the piece more as a listening experience than as a composition for other people to perform.

Copyright Year: 2012
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Thanksgiving Interlude – Trumpet Sextet

Thanksgiving Interlude

Thanksgiving Interlude

For Trumpet Sextet
Four Trumpets and Two Flugelhorns

This is a trumpet ensemble composition that puts into musical expression my feelings about Thanksgiving, the American holiday. The Thanksgiving Interlude was actually inspired and composed in the moment, on Thanksgiving day, 2015.

Copyright Year: 2015

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Trumpet Peace Song
Trumpet Peace Song

Trumpet Peace Song

For Trumpet Sextet

Trumpet Peace song started off as an experiment to see what would happen if a flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet were doubled in octaves and treated as a single instrument. The idea worked and we can expect more of these compositions in the future.

Copyright Year: 2017

Performance Rights Organization: BMI