Bumble Boogie

Bumble Boogie


Composer: Jack Fina

Arranger: Hart Morris

Octaves Handbell: 5 – 6

Octaves Handchimes: n/a

Other:  Optional drums (cymbal, snare, hi-hat, bass, ‘hot rods’ or brushes)

Level: 5

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Musically, the “boogie” is described as “a repetitive, groove pattern (typically straight eighths) used in blues originally played on piano” which became popular in the 1930s. The term, ‘boogie’ may have originated from ‘bogi’ used in Sierra Leone, meaning “to dance.” In any event, Hart’s arrangement of this 1946 Jack Fina title became popular again in the 1960s when it was recorded by “B.Bumble and the Stingers.”  So much to have fun with in this title – notwithstanding the amazing chromatics, rhythmic accents, stopped techniques including mallet, RT, mart and mart-lift. The driving, malleted bass line keeps this tune moving forward throughout and a Rung melody passage in the 4’s adds extra excitement as it gradually increases in expression moving up the scale and culminating in a ff Sk which recaps the opening measures, as it returns to the “A” section and on to the exciting ending. This is guaranteed to be a ‘show-stopper’ for your Bronze group! 

Octave Ranges
5-7 Octaves
Big Band and Dance
Jazz, blues
School and Youth
Secular - general usage
Level of Difficulty
Level 5
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