Clarinet Quartet Commission

I finished writing a unique arrangement for the Grenazilla Clarinet Quartet of “Mr. Magic” by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter.

Mister Magic, the fourth album by jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., was commercially released in February 1975.

Many readers might recall this composition was popularized by the late contemporary jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, Jr.

My arrangement is for clarinet quartet and is a commissioned work done in collaboration with Cathy A. Ogram. We met during military service while I was assigned at the Armed Forces School of Music many years ago and reconnected on Facebook.

Cathy is a virtuoso clarinetist and is a career military musician who served mostly with the United States Army Field Band in the Military District of Washington at Fort Meade, Maryland.



“Mr. Magic” for Clarinet Quartet (SCORE)
Finale Music Notation Audio File
(listen with headphones or earbuds)



Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective.

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years).

Most recently, Mr. Burnett was selected as a clinician for the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists. Repertoire includes Burnett original compositions and select jazz masterworks. He performs locally each month at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.


Mr. Burnett is an official Conn-Selmer Artist and Clinician. He only plays Selmer (Paris) Saxophones.


  • Saxophone Mouthpiece – Jazz:
    Ted Klum custom made
  • Saxophone Reeds – Jazz:
    Rigotti Gold Jazz, 2.5 Medium
  • Saxophone Mouthpiece – Classical:
    Selmer C**
  • Saxophone Reeds – Classical:
    Rigotti Gold, 3
  • Clarinet Mouthpiece – Bb:
    Frank L. Kaspar (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Clarinet Reeds – Bb:
    Vandoren V21, 3.5+
  • Clarinet Mouthpiece – A:
    Charles Bay custom made
  • Clarinet Reeds – A:
    Vandoren V21, 3.5+

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