This piece was written with the intention of introducing a school or college band to some of the common features of Latin music. There is no attempt to be particularly original; the idea was to compose a playable piece with some challenging and some easier parts. In particular, care has been taken to make sure the guitar part is manageable even by those who do not read conventional notation.
The rhythm section requires all four parts; if a guitarist is not available this part should be played on a keyboard. Rhythm section players should play the parts as written (rather than regarding them as a guide), although there is room for improvisation in the drum kit and percussion parts. To work satisfactorily at least three horn parts are required, which should include one lead part (alto sax 1 or clarinet 1), one accompanying part (clarinet 2, alto sax 2, tenor sax or trumpet 2) and one of the lower parts (baritone sax or trombone). Ideally, at least 5 or 6 horns will give the best effect. Alto 2 doubles tenor and French horn doubles trombone. Guitar tab parts are provided for non-readers, but reading from standard notation is strongly encouraged! Percussion instruments are specified in the score, but this should not be regarded as fixed; any percussion instruments can be used and teachers should acquaint pupils with the clave rhythm.