I enjoyed reading Andrew Barrett's post on regionalistic (or
regional?) composers. Anyone who has heard Swamptown Shuffle will
atest to Jone's wonderful work. I believe it was published in one of
the reprint folios (one of Trebor's?). I know the music from the US
Music A-roll arrangement which is very nice.
As far as composers originally writing their pieces for band versus
piano seems not too far a stretch. I've found a few wonderful
ragtime/syncopated surprises, such as a piece titled Kentucky Sunrise.
I've only heard it in a band arrangement.
Awhile back, Dick Zimmerman was on a kick of taking band arrangements
(e.g. the Walking Frog) and performing them on the piano. It was great
to hear them that way, though I don't know that the band arrangements
always boiled down well to a piano score. However, I've only heard a
few of these done.
I did locate a band arrangement of one of Klickmann's pieces. It
would be interesting to look and see if it has the conductor's score
reduced down to a piano version. Rick Benjamin would probably be the
real expert to check with in this area.
Certainly pieces were watered down to make them more accessible to a
wider public. However, I've seen some of Losey's piano scores, and
you woulda thought they'd bring at least a bit more of the band
arrangement in to make things interesting.