Friday Strut is a relaxed, medium-tempo swing piece. The melody of the A section is carried by the higher horns, with the lower instruments taking the B section. Solos occur in Tenor 1 and Trumpet 2. Soloists have the option of playing a written solo or improvising over the provided chord changes. After the solo section, high and low instruments again alternate phrases before joining forces for the shout section.
The score is written for reduced instrumentation of 3 trumpets and 3 trombones. Optional 4th trumpet and trombone parts are included but not necessary.
1st Trumpet range: written E (concert D)
1st Trombone range: Eb