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Composers - Scott Mertens


Scott Mertens is a pianist, educator, and composer/arranger based in northern Illinois. Originally from Missouri, Scott has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he has a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.


He was the director of the NIU Community School of the Arts Jazz Band, and is a summer faculty member at the NIU Jazz Camp. Scott regularly performs as a jazz pianist in the Chicago area, and is a member of the Doug Stone/Doug Bratt Big Band, a Chicago group which performs all-original big band charts.

Scott has worked extensively with middle and high school jazz bands, and is a band director in Sycamore, Illinois.

Big Band Charts


Funk-aayy! is written for middle school/easy high school level players. The chart features a "Chameleon"-esque groove and a little slice of "I Mean You" inspired melody on the chorus. There’s a section of F blues blowing on the middle section, and a gospel (goin’ to church!) section near the end. Give it a listen and view the score to the right.

Price: $19.95

Funk-aayy! - Scott Mertens
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Blues Jaunt

This straight-ahead swing tune is perfect for getting middle school groups excited about jazz. The Mingus-style backgrounds and the development give this tune a bit more edge than your typical young jazz band blues chart.
Check it out at the listen link to the left…

Price: $19.95

Blues Jaunt - Scott Mertens
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Smoke on the Nile

This piece works well with advanced high school, college, or professional groups. This up-swing tune takes a simple melody and develops it in ways that will make this piece an audience favorite. The brass ranges and solo
changes are reasonable, and the saxes will get a good workout on the soli section.

Price: $19.95

Smoke on the Nile - Scott Mertens
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