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    John Wallace, principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and one of the world's best-known trumpeters, presents a special summer series of the best brass and military band music. Four one-hour programmes of traditional and modern music from some of the greatest band recordings of recent years, plus interviews with leading figures from the brass band world and features on some of Scotland's leading bands. There's also a competition each week with CDs and DVDs up for grabs.

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    Playlists for Sunday Bandstand will be available on the Radio Scotland website on a weekly basis while the series is on air -

    BBC Radio Scotland: 92.4-94.7 FM and 810 MW (585 Dumfries)
    Listen online: (available on radio player for 7 days after broadcast)
    Listen on digital TV/radio: Freeview Channel 89 (Scotland only) or Sky Channel 866


    Sunday 14 August, 4.05pm
    Sunday Bandstand - 1 of 4

    John Wallace presents the first of four programmes of the world's best brass and military band music. This week he looks at the development and history of traditional brass bands with a visit to the Dalmellington Band in Ayrshire, one of Scotland’s most historic and community-focussed brass bands, and talks to Frank Renton about how brass bands are continuing to attract audiences.

    Sunday 21 August, 4.05pm
    Sunday Bandstand - 2 of 4

    John Wallace looks at the use of brass bands in the church and especially The Salvation Army, which has developed a sophisticated and diverse repertoire, while retaining its core religious function - and provided a training ground for many of the world's leading professional brass players. Featuring music from Britain's leading Salvation Army bands and a visit to the Bellshill Salvation Army Band in Lanarkshire as they take part in Sunday morning worship and open-air evangelism.

    Sunday 28 August, 4.05pm
    Sunday Bandstand - 3 of 4

    John Wallace discovers how contesting came to be such a big factor in the life and survival of brass bands, and what drives players today to work so hard to achieve contest success. The programme visits the West Lothian Festival of Brass entertainment contest and discovers how the contest repertoire has developed, plus Scottish composer Kenneth Downie gives a unique insight into writing a demanding test piece by guiding us through St Magnus, commissioned for last year's European Championships.

    Sunday 4 September, 4.05pm
    Sunday Bandstand - 4 of 4

    In the final programme of the series, John Wallace looks at the role and function of military bands, following the Band of HM Royal Marines (Scotland) as they take part in commemorations to mark the end of World War II. Featuring music from many of the UK's most famous military bands, demonstrating music which covers a range of activities from marching, through a wide range of ceremonial functions, to entertainment and concert-giving.