Band Music

To “hear” the Hoot Owl Band, we have compiled a number of YouTube videos with versions of the songs on our set list.

Hoot Owl Band

For reference, the music that is labeled as “B Flat” includes the clarinet and cornet parts.
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The best example of music and YouTube clip is of the Lancers Quadrille.  This is what we have in mind for the Hoot Owl Band with people dancing the steps to our live music!

The Lancer Quadrille has 5 figures in total.
LANCERS FIG 1 B FLAT
LANCERS FIG 1

LANCERS FIG 2 B FLAT
LANCERS FIG 2

LANCERS FIG 3 B FLAT
LANCERS FIG 3

LANCERS FIG 4 B FLAT
LANCERS FIG 4

LANCERS FIG 5 B FLAT
LANCERS FIG 5

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Our version of “Dan Tucker” includes two tunes. Originally, “Dan Tucker” was a party game where a person was designated ‘Dan Tucker’ and stands in the middle of a circle of couples and at a certain point in the dance steals a partner, leaving the newly unattached person as the new ‘Dan Tucker’. This first clip is of the song, “Dan Tucker.”

The melody for “Dan Tucker” is only 16 bars long, where as a dance is usually 32 bars, so to make up the difference, our tune uses the melody from “Other Side of Jordan”

DAN TUCKER B FLAT
DAN TUCKER

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For “McCoy’s Waltz,” the clip is a stripped down version of what the Hoot Owls will play. The tune was named after a husband and wife who played dances in Grant County, Oregon. It is unknown whether they wrote the piece or just played it so well they got the credit!

MCCOYS WALTZ B FLAT
MCCOYS WALTZ

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The Cheat Quadrille is a fun dance because the lady has the option to suddenly turn to another gentleman and swing him instead of her partner. (How scandalous!) Ours has three figures, including an abbreviated version of “Life on the Ocean Wave.” The clip we have will require some real imagination. The tune is the same for the Hoot Owl Band, but we won’t have the same horn section!

FIG 1 OCEAN WAVE B FLAT
FIG 1 OCEAN WAVE

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Our Basket Quadrille set includes a tune, “Life Let Us Cherish,”that is the first half of this clip. It is the second figure in our arrangement. It really gets your toe tapping!

FIG 2 LIFE LET US CHERISH B FLAT
FIG 2 LIFE LET US CHERISH

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The third figure in our Basket Quadrille is the “Fishers Hornpipe.” This is a rather famous fiddle piece that has some documented local color, as it was played at the Van Asselt/Maple wedding in the Duwamish River community in 1862.

FIG 3 FISHERS HORNPIPE B FLAT
FIG 3 FISHERS HORNPIPE

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The tune for “Sally Water” or “The Babies On Our Block” was lifted from a Broadway musical of 1879. We know it was on a dance card in John Day city in 1884, so it was here! Also of note, the rhythmic pattern of the second violin and the bass parts match the steps fr the dance.

SALLIE WATER B FLAT
SALLIE WATER

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More to come…

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