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Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

Kenton was known for highly orchestrated arrangements that took big band music to a new level.

“With complex arrangements like this, you have to kind of get down into the weeds and make sure that everybody is exactly interpreting their part consistently across the board so that the end product coming out matches up perfectly,” Bartholomew said. “It only takes one guy that’s playing one note a little bit longer than the rest to make it not quite sound the way it should.”

The instrumentalists in the band can handle it, Bartholomew said.

“I think primarily what we as Marines have going for us is the refusal to settle for anything less than the optimum performance,” he said. “They are always going to strive to hit it out of the park in everything they do. That’s the one distinctive advantage that we have. We set the bar very high, and I believe that we consistently leap over that bar. At least we strive to. I think the audience is going to enjoy it.”

The tunes bring out the best in the band, he said.

“The individual parts themselves are very challenging and very difficult,” he said. “Depending on what part you’re playing, it requires near virtuoso capabilities. The lead trumpets are screaming. It’s very taxing and demanding on their chops. The French horns are screaming as well.

“These charts are what we like to call high risk, high reward. You have to be aggressive. You have to push the envelope of what your perceived playing abilities are, and if you go for it and you nail it, it’s awesome. That’s the way that you have to approach these. That’s what we’re trying to instill in these guys. ‘Hey, don’t be afraid of making a mistake. You have to tank up. Take a big breath and lay it out there.’”



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