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In the Mood

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Joe Garland

Joe Garland (arr. Andy Clark)

Subtitle: Based on the Original Glenn Miller Arrangement

General Info

Year: 1939 / 1994
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $58.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Bass Guitar
Percussion, including

  • Drum set
  • Vibraphone


  • Baritone BC: Bar 39, beat 3: the A-sharp should be A natural.

Program Notes

This authentic arrangement closely follows Glenn Miller’s famous big band arrangement. Features ad lib solos for alto sax, tenor sax and trumpet.

- Program Note from publisher

In the Mood is a big band-era number-one hit recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and one year later was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. In 1983, the Glenn Miller recording from 1939 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In the Mood was an arrangement by Joe Garland based on a pre-existing melody. In The Mood's main theme, featuring repeated arpeggios rhythmically displaced, had previously appeared under the title of Tar Paper Stomp, credited to jazz trumpeter/bandleader Wingy Manone. Under copyright rules of the day, a tune that had not been written down and registered with the copyright office could be appropriated by any musician with a good ear. A story says that after In the Mood became a hit, Manone was paid by Miller and his record company not to contest the copyright. The original recording of Joe Garland's version was made by Edgar Hayes and his orchestra in 1938, with Garland participating. Popular thought is that the melody had already become popular with Harlem bands (e.g., at the Savoy Ballroom) before being written down by Joe Garland. Before offering it to Glenn Miller, Garland sold the tune to Artie Shaw, who could not record it because the original arrangement was too long. The tune was finally sold to Glenn Miller, who played around with its arrangement for a while. Although the arrangers of most of the Miller tunes are known, things are a bit uncertain for In The Mood. It may be that Eddie Durham (arranger on other Miller tunes), John Chalmers McGregor (Miller's pianist) and Miller himself contributed most to the final version.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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