Arranging “The Planets” for big band

Jeremy Levy first fell in love with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as a high school student; now he’s premiering and recording his arrangements of the work for jazz band. Learn about his process and pick up some Finale tips along the way from this top orchestrator and arranger.

Dorico 2.2 is the best update yet

Steinberg has released Dorico 2.2, another enormous update to the program. New features have been added or rebuilt in the areas of trills, group bracketing, repeat markers, jazz articulations, tempo track import/export, real-time MIDI recording, flow headings, tacets, and a new music symbols editor. Many more improvements have been made in other areas, and there are a good 100 or so bug fixes, besides.

DJA’s Notes: Group instruments correctly

DJA’s Notes is a new series inspired by Darcy James Argue’s Facebook posts, which offer some quick, basic steps to improve the appearance of notated music, especially from a jazz/big band perspective. In this post, learn how to group instruments correctly and change what the notation software may do by default.