Jason here. One of my favorite brass quintet arrangements is Just a Closer Walk with Thee as popularized by the Canadian Brass. The arrangement emulates the New Orleans jazz style and divides the tune into two parts- the first part a dirge portraying the slow walk to the grave; the second part a joyful portrayal of the deceased being received into heaven (…at least that’s how my interpretation of it goes…)
I remember going to hear the Canadian Brass in the 90′s at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with members of my dad’s brass quintet, The Jubilant Brass, and their families. I can’t really remember if they played this tune that day, but I do remember that it was a fun concert.
If you’re looking for a local group you can book for a great evening, look no further than The Jubilant Brass. They play a huge variety of different music- from sacred, to classical, to jazz. They even do Just a Closer Walk oftentimes, and in my opinion, my dad does an even better job with the trumpet solo than Fred Mills! Unfortunately, no video of the Jubilant Brass performing it exists, so you’ll just have to book them for a concert to hear it (go here)…in the meantime, “make do” with the Canadian Brass.