Turkey in the Straw – Tenor Sax Trio (Three Plus Keys)


(This audio example is of the clarinet trio.)

This upbeat arrangement is perfect for intermediate students to improve their rhythmic fortitude as the traditional “Turkey in the Straw” melody is passed around with syncopated rhythmic hits in the piano accompaniment. After an unexpected introduction of Yankee Doodle in the piano part, the piece concludes by layering both pieces on top of each other for an engaging, toe-tapping experience! The piano accompaniment provides a reliable pitch center and gives harmonic/rhythmic interest to these traditional tunes. The key signature, range and rhythms are beginner-friendly, while briefly featuring every player using evenly-leveled parts. The accompaniment also gives the beginning player who is still developing endurance periodic rests. Email us for customized options for your needs (such as alternate instrumentation or rehearsal tracks).