Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   
Arranger:   Roger Emerson
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   08621758
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Lukas Warren
St. Francis High School – St. Francis, MN
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

Also available in SSA and 3-part mixed.

21 Guns is taken from the musical “American Idiot” by Green Day. You could use this tune as a great closer or opening number to a showchoir show or a concert set. The driving rock rhythm supplements the “power chord-like” voicing, and really mirrors the intensity and message of the text. The text is reflective of the way many of the young people we teach view the world they are trying to live in and fit into. This piece could serve as a unique way to analyze and reflect on a text that comes from a more modern day source. 21 Guns is also a piece that would allow another chance for some added movement (or full choreography) that could support the part writing and presentation of this piece.