| Bob's charts always delight our audiences.
challenges and rewards
Check out his work. You're going to like
John Monroe, Stanford Trbn 4tet, Brazzissimo
group recently recorded several of
Bob's quartets, as we are big fans of his music.
All six charts in his latest volume are winners,
and 'That's A Plenty' is our new encore piece!
Dave Dahlgren, Westside Trbn
|Robert Elkjer's woodwind arrangements
are refreshingly innovative, creative, challenging, and excellent in
every way. Advanced students and professionals will find them
extremely rewarding. We recently read through the entire duet
collection and when we finished we both looked at one another and just
Trevor Cramer (bassoonist),
owner of Trevco Music
have played most of (Bob's) trombone
quartets. Anyone who has
they are AWESOME! Well written and
Bob, for writing charts that keep me
and my friends on our toes, that are fun to play,
and that audiences love to hear.
arrangements. Although we don't do
many gigs, we know good music when we hear it.
Audiences love Bob's stuff interspersed with more
classical pieces. Good fun to play!!
David O'Flynn, England
|Good charts are hard to find. Bob's stuff is
more like "real" music than anything I've run
not a classical exercise. It's meant
to be entertaining to
all-- not just to those
who play it.
Redgate, Lawrenceville GA
Last night, our woodwind quintet played thru
3 pieces of Bob's. Wonderful! The players
were absolutely gleaming when we finished.
The writing is light, refreshing; a mix of rhythmic
and tonal colors that are different. Bob's
arrangements will be included in our repertoire,
and I know audiences will just love them.
Greg Cohill, Director, Quintessential Winds,
Wind Quintet, Springfield, IL
Elkjer Music announced some new woodwind quintet sheet music, I
was impressed by the sound clips and told a couple of friends about
these new arrangements. Others agreed, and the 8th National
Ensemble recently performed ""Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me"" in
Albany, NY. We had fun playing it with just several rehearsals,
our audience loved it. It added another dimension to an otherwise
classical program. We found Mr. Elkjer''s arrangements to be very
playable and true to the character of the original Duke Ellington
composition. I can''t wait to gather some music-playing friends
together so we can play more of Mr. Elkjer's arrangements."
Joanne Stiff, Clarinetist
I have found the trombone quartet arrangements of
Robert Elkjer to be a virtual gold mine of music
for the aspiring trombonist. Not only are they
very musical, but Mr. Elkjer has masterfully
written in four parts what most arrangers would
need five or six parts to achieve. His style
of arranging combines great rhythmic lines in the
bass trombone over which the other parts embellish
eachother making for musical statements
unheard of without the use of a rhythm section.
What's more, he has written each volume of
Christmas arrangements so they are playable
without a lot of rehearsal, which is welcome
performing seasonal carols.
During the rest of the year, his jazz quartets
on the other hand challenge you to dig in
to enjoy the sometimes intricate and
challenging concepts he has incorporated
in his writing. Very few arrangers have the fresh
and unique approach of making a
trombone quartet lush at times and
bombastic at others, thus showing off
the uniqueness of both the instrument
and musicians. For all this you would expect
to pay top dollar. Not with the reasonable
prices in his volume packaging of six
arrangements in book form. You'll not find
a better value in inspiring arrangements.
The Funnybones Quartet
Los Angeles, CA
I have been a fan of Robert Elkjer's
music since Joe Alessi's "Slide
Area" album in the early 1990s. His arrangements and compositions
always intriqued me, both from a musical and academic
have worked with Bob on four different projects and his concepts,
vision, creativity, and finished products are second-to-none. Bob
one of my favorite arrangers for brass; he understands the needs of the
performers as well as the audience. I look forward to many future
charts from Bob.
director & bass trombonist
Brass in Blue
Heartland of America Band
stuff. Our quartet plays it
all the time.
Goes over great at gigs.