The long-and-short of it:
After 8 years of asking, Hal Leonard has granted me license to publish my jazz ensemble arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody.
This calls for a major woo-hoo!
2002: thought it'd be cool to arrange Bo Rhap for jazz ensemble. But I couldn't figure out how to do it without having it sound like musak.
2004: I figured it out.
2005: started performing said arr. with my local big band, the Valley Jazz Orchestra. Bo Rhap soon became a staple of our repertoire. I shared the chart with a couple of friends—not realizing at the time that this was unlawful. One of them actually used this chart with a couple of All-State Jazz bands he directed! (thanks, M.O.!)
2005 or 2006: I contacted Hal Leonard seeking permission to self-publish. Request denied.
2007: I sent Brian May (Queen's guitarist!) a bootleg recording of the chart. He listened, and wrote me back.
2006-present: I've received loads of requests for this music from people I don't know, but who found the bootleg recording buried in my website. I've denied every request, because I did not have permission to distribute.
2012: Doggone it, already! I decided to contact Hal Leonard again, after redoing my web store.
2013: Asked permission once again. Was denied. I responded with, in a nutshell, "Pretty Please, with sugar on top?". THEY SAID YES!
So now what?
I have to tweak the parts and score, prepare them for printing, get the proper © notice, etc. Then, start selling these charts.
I figure, even if I simply break even on the licensing and printing costs, I'm thrilled to be finally getting this chart out there! (Of course, I'd be even thrilled-er if I were to make a little profit...).
I'll keep you posted. :-)