This is an arrangement I did of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" for beginning band. The good news is that it's interesting and fun for the kids. The bad news is that to make it accessible I had to water it down quite a bit. This made it tough for me to listen to over and over and over. So what I did with this piece was once they were comfortable with the notes, I taught the students the "correct" syncopations to make the rhythm more accurate to the original. This song was a great teaching tool for chromatic notes as well - I didn't have a single kid ask me why they had to learn a chromatic scale once we started this song!
This is arranged for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Bell Kit, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Aux. Percussion 1 (toms) and 2 (Guiro, Triangle, Cabasa, Woodblock), and cymbals (ride and crash).
Download is a ZIP file, final file format is PDF.
*UPDATED* I added Tuba, Tenor Sax, and auxiliary percussion, as well as cleaned up the layout. The percussion parts are playable by 4 people, or you could split up the parts further. I essentially wrote the Auxiliary Percussion parts to take place of a drum set.