arranged for concert band

Composition Date: 1913
Revision Date: 2006
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Band
Programme Note:
R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) born in Drummondville, Ontario (now part of Niagara Falls) made a successful career in Canada and the United States as a composer, arranger, musician, and conductor. As an African-Canadian youth he struggled emotionally with the music of his heritage but came to the realization
that it should be emancipated from negative perceptions and stereotyping. He spent a lifetime incorporating spirituals and other music of African heritage into his own works and empowering his choirs and performers to present this music with pride.
In the Bottoms (1913) is a programmatic piano suite meant to portray moods or scenes of African-American life in southern sections of the United States. Dett explains in his programme notes that he wanted to portray the “traits, habits and customs of a people without using the vernacular . . . [or] without the use of national tunes or folk songs.” Juba portrays a dance where some people stomp the ground and give two staccato hand taps and others move around more freely. One musician accompanies the dance while standing on a box or table performing upbeat music on a fiddle using double stops. Dett makes a point to suggest, “Do not take it too fast! Much of the dancing in the bottoms is done with a grace and finish that a presto tempo never could suggest.”
Matthew Tran-Adams is also a composer, performer, conductor and arranger originally from Niagara Falls. He works as a secondary school music and history teacher in Toronto and created this arrangement as part of a unit of study for the Africentric-Inclusive curriculum developed by the Toronto District School Board.
• This arrangement of Juba can be taught with accompanying history and music lessons that are part of the Toronto District School Board’s Africentric-Inclusive curriculum. The unit “Empowering Role Models: Nathaniel Dett and the African-Canadian Community of Drummondville” authored by Matthew Tran-Adams is available from the Equity Department at the TDSB.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1800 T772ju
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 13, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (6 p.) ;
    6 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 15
    15 parts ([15] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Concert Band:

    flute (1&2)
    Clarinet (1&2)
    Alto Sax
    Tenor Sax
    trumpet in Bb
    french horn
    drum set
    From the piano suite "In the Bottoms" by R. Nathaniel Dett

    Additional People:
    R. Nathaniel Dett
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