I originally wrote this arrangement for my very young student, Riley. When I teach the very young students, I like to “take requests” for songs they would like to play, but can’t because the sheet music is too difficult. What I do is re-arrange the music so that they can play the melody they recognize. This kind of thing helps give those very young students a little extra joy in playing the trumpet. In this case, he wanted to play the Star Spangled Banner. Cool! After I wrote the arrangement for him, I decided it would be a good idea to share it with other students who might have the same range limitations Riley had when he learned it. Interesting to note, Riley’s range now goes above the staff, so there is a lot less need for me to do these kinds of arrangements for him anymore.