Your Woodwind Quintet Can Perform The Five Birds and the Cat Queen . . . LIVE!

Jeff Cortazzo performing with the US Army Blues

Jeff Cortazzo, US Army photo

As a former member of the U.S Army Band in Washington D.C., author, illustrator and composer, Jeff Cortazzo, performed in hundreds of outreach concerts to schools across the U.S. His fellow TUSAB musicians in the Army Wind Quintet would often travel to elementary schools with a narrator, performing a live score to a narrated reading of Ferdinand the Bull, complete with projected slides to illustrate to musical score (TRIVIA NOTE: the French horn player uses a foot pedal to advance to the next slide!). This example inspired Jeff to write, illustrate and compose a new generation of live, interactive musical picture books ready to perform to audiences of school children. With your talented college or professional wind quintet, The Five Birds and the Cat Queen is now ready to take flight!

The Five Birds and the Cat Queen children's book

The grade 5+ score and parts are available at and performing ensembles can request a download file of the book’s illustrations as PowerPoint slides and a copy of the narration script with cues (provided free of charge) by submitting the form below.

Need the slides and script for your live performance? Please submit this request form.

Slides and Script Request