Arrangements

We Are a Gentle, Loving People

Singer and lesbian activist Holly Near wrote this song after the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk. Milk had been the first openly gay person elected to high office in California. There are many verses to this song, and you can make up your own easily enough. This powerful song is…

Taps

The origins of “Taps” date back to American Civil War. This bugle call began as a lights-out signal to soldiers at night but now is played at military funerals and memorials. Though not a cheery song, it can be very powerfully sung when the occasion calls for it.

Blue Skies

Written by Irving Berlin, this cheery tune was a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. The song was an immediate hit, with the audience on opening night demanding an astounding 24 encores from star Belle Baker! Would you settle for just one encore from your listeners?

Do You Hear the People Sing?

This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences’ hearts and guts will be surely be moved by your powerful performance. Although the song itself would fly in contest, this arrangement is intended for shows only.

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With Two Wings

Marvelously energetic 8-parter about men and women working together, as sung by Friends.

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When I Sing

Jazzy, fun, a natural for barbershoppers, this song is a sure winner. Do check it out.

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That’s Entertainment

A fine show opener in the Broadway tradition, this song offers plenty of clever, energetic fun.

Smile

As sung by The New Tradition, Nightlife, Ringmasters, Weekend Edition and many other groups, this piece is really powerful. You could close your shows with it or sing it in just about any other position. This arrangement is my all-time favorite. What’s more, it is contestable!

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Smell the Flowers

This country hit tells us to enjoy life right now. Hey, when else is there?

Orange Colored Sky

This tune is fun, lively and makes a great opener or closer. Short and to the point, It is available in both contest and show versions.

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

A show closer with a great message, this song offers the best wish possible. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS, and it works great for women and mixed groups as well.

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Let’s Do It Again

This uptune about the good old days helped the Grand Tradition win a medal back in the day. It can be sung in a driving way or as an easy-beat. Though it sounds pretty old, this happy piece was actually written in the 1950s.

It’s Today

From the musical Mame, this happy, driving song urges you to celebrate the day. It makes a really energetic opener and is great for both men and women.

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Goodbye Medley

An enormously funny and interesting conglomeration, the arrangement is even contestable. This winner has been recorded by SAI queens The BUZZ. The medley bashes the opposite sex, well, just a little bit.

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Get Me to the Girl Medley

An ultra-cool combination of Get Me to the Church on Time and The Girl That I Marry, this medley is both hip and loving. No longer exclusive to Alchemy.

Entertainer, The

A fine show opener, this is the theme song from the movie “The Sting.” Paul Newman and Robert Redford would be proud.b.b.b.

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Consider Yourself

From the musical “Oliver,” this happy, lively tune can be sung in contest. International champ Power Play welcomed you to their family with this one.

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Curtain Falls, The

Hey, if this heartfelt closer about show biz is good enough for Bobby Darin, it should be a hit for your group too.

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Bye Bye Love

Here is one of the Everly Brothers’ finest tunes. The men’s, women’s and mixed versions of this lively tale of lost love are all published by the BHS, so you would order the arrangement from them.  

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Broadway on Opening Night

This uptune moves right along and is great for a Broadway show theme. Come to think of it, you could open any of your performancew with this lively number.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Mix of classical music and fun lyrics, a real kick; lyrics have a soap-opera theme, which could be changed.

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As Long As I’m Singin’

Bobby Darin made this cheery song popular. This tune is just right for opening your shows with lots of happy energy.

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