to contact the
are some unsolicited testimonials:
These are truly unsolicited and we publish these
only with the expressed or tacit
approval of the sender, mostly.
If we get a negative one (it
happens, but not very often) we automatically list it.
By request some of the
names have been changed to protect the innocent!
(Editor: We try to post all negative comments we receive, and
for a few weeks, had one on this page from a customer in
Derry, New Hampshire, until the writer adamantly with great
vigor and anger, requested we remove it.
In his post and phone calls he objected to just about
everything we had done for him.
He didn't like us, our website, our heritage, (I didn't know
he had met my mother!) our skills
and definitely did not like the fact that we had had posted
his criticism verbatim!
Damned if you do, damned if you don't! So we removed
We really do want to keep our customers and the never,
never-under no circumstances will we ever again-customers
This testimonial for Robert Varnado, the "V"
Just received the music for "A Gift of a
Thistle" for string quartet.
I had searched all over for it and finally found it on your
My group loved it. Nice arrangement! Thanks again for
Dr. John Brawand, Director
S.D.S.U. Civic Symphony
This testimonial for Rick Rhodes, the "R"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you very very very much.
I can't find good words to say how much I like the work you've
made for me."
(He had purchased a few arrangements
from us and wondered if we could help him with a suggested
solo for guitar on one of them.
We sent him a couple of written solos to try.
Looks like he liked them!)
This testimonial for Dick Brodfuehrer, the "D"
"I got the new charts and they look great! After
the first of the year we'll need another 5 if possible.
I just bought a new Bb Soprano sax.
Could you do an arrangement using that." (Yes
we can. This comment is from a music teacher in
Piner High School
Santa Rosa, Ca
And another testimonial sent to Dick Brodfuehrer the "D"
"Your arrangements for the saxes are great Dick. The
harmonies are wonderful and beautiful.
I only wish I had the brains and ability to do that kind of
work. Thanks again for the great work in those
I have to ask something. The chords you are
getting with the sax parts are down right gorgeous.
Do you hear these in your head ahead of time or do you know,
by years of experience,
what they are going to sound like. I am just taken aback
by the sound being so tight and beautiful."
This testimonial was sent to Rick Rhodes "R"
"Hello Rick, (Comment: That's
We just tried out some of the Dixieland charts you sent us.
Your arrangement of "Rainbow Dixie" was excellent
and a big hit with the group and our audience.
What an unusual use of the "Over the Rainbow" melody
in a totally different style that is a crowd pleaser because
it really, really works. (Comment:
We also enjoyed playing "Caravan Dixie" (Comment:
look forward to receiving
"Hogan's Dixie" (#811-R)
and "Gettysburg March" (
We will let you know how they go."
(Comment from Rick Rhodes: I
personally get a great kick out of taking well known melodies
and turning them into "Traditional Jazz"
I am just now finishing up Disney's "Bare
Necessities" which makes a great Dixie chart.)
This testimonial was sent to Joe Cea the "J"
Hi Rick, (Comment: That's
"Just to let you know that we rehearsed the arrangements that
you sent the other night. They are great!
Fantastic writing! Thanks. We perform them at the
"Moonlight Music Cafe"
this coming Thursday night for the first time."
(Comment: Susan had called and asked us if we had
any string quartet charts, for Jazz standards (especially "Satin
that also had piano, bass, and rhythm parts. Not something you find
Needless to say we did not have them, but I told her I would contact our
arranger of the string quartet arrangements,
Joe Cea, and ask if he would be interested in adding the rhythm parts to his existing
Instead he wrote her all new charts of the standards she was looking
that included the parts she wanted for a modest additional fee.)
"The charts are great !!
(Comment: We sent him 3 charts done bye
Dick Brodfuehrer, the "D" arranger;
one of which was a custom arrangement of "Moondance".)
I have not yet received the chart for "My Girl".
Hope we can get it sometime within the next two to three
We had a request for this to play at a Wedding reception in
about a month."
(Comment: This gentleman has been buying
"D" and "R" arrangements from us for 5 years.
One of our very favorite customers. Dick Brodfuehrer, is writing up
something for him on "My Girl",
and it will definitely be there in time for the wedding.)
Dr. John Bond
"I received my first order and I am not satisified (sic). I
was afraid this would happen.
The music doesn't fit what was discribed (sic)
to me via the telephone and internet.
I am returning the two charts and would like a refund."
(Comment: Ouch! We hate it
when that happens.
Actually she didn't buy the two charts that were described to
her over the phone and by internet.
When we saw the charts that she wanted to order we told her
that we didn't think they would work for her.
We were overruled. The customer may not always be right,
but the customer is always the customer.
So we sent them. We do not give refunds because sheet
music is just intellectual property.
Once you have it (and have probably copied it) there is no way to return it. We will ,
when possible, issue credit. We want our customers
We try to be very careful that you receive just what you
want. Obviously this was not one of those times.)
This received by Terence Martin, the "M"
arranger of the Sax Quartet charts:
"Martin's arrangements are simply superb!
hit with our audiences, and often cause a standing
(Comment: Obviously we are speechless after this
Ernie Kalwa, Leader
The Royal City Saxophone Quartet
CBC Recording Artists
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
"Hi! I've ordered several arrangements from you
and have enjoyed all of them!
I recently received "Just
a Closer Walk With Thee" (our # 100-W)
"(The) Mr. Grinch" (our #757-R) and
we are having a lot of fun with those.
Thanks for the good
music at good prices!
One of the most beautiful clarinet solos I've ever heard is
Pete Fountain's version of "A Closer Walk"
on his CD named
"Super Jazz", a session with Al Hirt.
a good enough musician to transcribe that solo (the entire
song) by ear,
but I could play it if it was written out. Could I hire you to
transcribe that clarinet part, and the piano chords, for
me? I could send you a copy of the CD." (Comment:
We are working on this as we speak.
I am sure we will be
able to help her. We do have a staff of some pretty amazing
Please say YES!
Received by Dick Brodfuehrer:
"I recently bought your arrangements of "In The Mood"
and "String Of Pearls" from AMP.
work! I was impressed with them both. I am looking
for "The Long and Winding Road"
that follows the
original, and something like Santana's "Oye Como Va"
written with horn accompaniment.
I have 2 trumpets,
alto, tenor, and trombone. Can you help me or direct me
to someone who can?"
(Comment: You bet we helped
him! Dick wrote custom arrangements for both of
the tunes he requested,
and worked with him to make sure
that the style was what he wanted.) They will be posted
on our site, soon.
When the appropriate time comes. please
charge me for the next two charts.
I assume they will be the
same amount as the others?
They were. See above: We have been writing custom arrangements
I really enjoy doing business with you both.
It is refreshing to have professionals taking care of my
(Comment: These kinds of
comments are most appreciated.)
"Dear Joe...impressed not only with your orchestration
but also with your ease with the print-out
(Comment: This was the
customer's reply to Joe Cea about his book of 6 Piano
(bundled with a CD) and some of his
arrangements. All available on our website.)
Received by Rick Rhodes.
"Thanks for the great charts and excellent
(Comment: This was the
customer's reply to our confirmation of his order for #275
"Opus In Pastels" for sax quintet)
Thanks a lot-I look forward to getting it. My
saxophone teacher is a 75-year-old ex-dance band leader
had despaired of finding an arrangement of this
for our group. He tells of when he and the rest of his
played it in Manchester--and had a standing ovation from
the other musicians in the band,
which was unheard of in those
Received by Dick Brodfuehrer:
"Your four (octet)
charts arrived yesterday, and I numbered them and
threw away the 2nd tenor parts.
go in the book. That's what I call service.
Thanks again for your help and your speed.
Your copy is always beautiful and easy to read,
whether by hand or computer."
"I just got a chance to listen to a little of the
midi you sent,
but this is , as the kids would
say, way cool, really way cool.
just what I wanted. Thanks, I will enjoy
working with them.
We'll be in touch."
We sent a midi file to go with some solo style
Dixieland charts we wrote for him.)
Thanks very much,
"Hi, I had some problems at
first with the "roadmaps" of your
You should probably include some instructions. (Comment: We do that now!)
I did talk to you about it and your explanations
We truly enjoy playing this music."
"Good job on the "Horns
And Stuff" book. I bought it months ago and
just kind of set it aside.
I wasn't sure that it was going to be much use as
I am a professional arranger myself.
But I discovered the extensive section on Latin
instrument rhythm patterns and I was in heaven!
This kind of knowledge is hard to come by.
finding that I not only use it more than I
expected, but I use it all of the time!
It is a common sense approach to arranging with
all of the instrument useful (and not so useful)
and a basic chord sheet.
Thank you so much for the help."
Asheville, North Carolina
"Hello, I play in a string quartet in
We have been playing mostly classical
arrangements for weddings, receptions, openings
Our group decided that we needed some more
and chose some arranged
by Joe Cea (the "J" arranger).
We have been pleasantly surprised by how well
they have been received,
and will be ordering
more when we can."
(Comment: They have
ordered more, twice.)
"I play with an older group of musicians in
a pick-up band. We first purchased
some of your "W" arrangements a year
ago and they worked pretty well for us.
Then we bought some "D" charts and they
fit us perfectly.
We intend to spend our music fund on all of Dick
(Comment: This customer has purchased from us 8
Dr. John Bond
"Hi, I'd like to order several more charts.
We got about a dozen arrangements from you two
years ago and we and our audience love them".
"Many thanks! I received the
arrangements....they're awesome! I'll be
orders in the future. Really appreciate the
ability to hear a sample online since I'm
not familiar with all of the available titles".
"We truly appreciate your willingness to
customize your charts for our group.
It made things so much easier for us. Thank you
"We purchased some of your "O"
sheet music. We had some trouble with them at
because they were a little more difficult than we
were used to.
After we ran through them a couple of times we
really came to enjoy them.
It has been a very nice and welcome departure
from the "Hal Leonard" style
arrangements we have been using.
Back Street Jazz Band
"I teach music at a Middle school
here in Minnesota.
I am always looking for quality combo music for
You really took care of our needs.
Thanks for the great arrangements."
"My band has been really enjoying your Big
We will certainly be ordering more."
(Comment: This person has
placed 3 more orders since this email.)
"I truly enjoyed your charts-Basin St.
Blues (our #18-W) and
Thanks for your help."
"Since all we have these days in Jazz Band
Class is combos,
you were the answer to our need for sheet music.
Do you accept school purchase orders?"
North East H.S. Ky