Moon River is a song composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini in 1961. It was sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's by Audrey Hepburn, the movie's star, while the song itself won that year's Academy Award for Best Song for Mercer and Mancini. The success of the song was responsible for re-launching Mercer's career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s as rock and roll replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time.
This is a laid back swing arrangement based on the Quincy Jones version on the album This Time by Basie. Mainly featuring the Saxophone section but including muted Trumpet and Piano solos. A popular standard well within the range of most school bands. Just the number to re-create the relaxed style of the Basie band. Top note A for lead Trumpet. Key of F. With optional Flute. Many other artists have also covered the song, including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Brightman, Billy Eckstine, Liz Callaway, The Afghan Whigs, Morrissey, R.E.M., Judy Garland, Patsy Ann Noble, Victoria Williams, Barbra Streisand, Bradley Joseph, and The Innocence Mission.