Eric Ball's Star Lake

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Suz, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Suz

    Suz Member


    Does anyone know the date that Star Lake was written? Any information regarding this piece would be useful,


  2. Trumpet Major

    Trumpet Major Member

    Well Ive been playing it since the 70's when it came out in a blue supplement book I think.
    Have you emailed the music department at Salvation Army Headquarters?
    I think the website is

    Hope this helps a bit anyway

  3. Suz

    Suz Member


    Great idea, thanks

    My husband has just found out he has to prepare programme notes for a contest on Sunday!

  4. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    I believe it was written over 70 years ago when the composer was a special guest of the Star Lake camp in America. Will have a think though!
  5. Suz

    Suz Member

    Yes, you are right, that's all the info I have at the moment!

    Thanks again

  6. Trumpet Major

    Trumpet Major Member

  7. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    As it's now the weekend, it's umlikely that any email sent to these addresses will be picked up until monday morning.
  8. Trumpet Major

    Trumpet Major Member got it but wont they be useful on monday !
  9. Anonymous_user

    Anonymous_user New Member

    It was written in 1937 and first performed at Star Lake Music Camp, Bloomingdale, New Jersey. It was Eric Ball's first visit to the Camp. He also wrote Star Lake II presumably for his second visit!
  10. Suz

    Suz Member

    Eric Ball

    Brilliant, that's a great help, many thanks:D

  11. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I heard that the ISB featured Star Lake in a tour of Canada (1962?) and Bernard Adams apparently used two six guns at the percussion "shots" before the final section.

    Following are extracts from notes by Dr. Ron Holz from the New York Staff Band CD "Star Lake Premiers"; the complete notes are copywrite but include notes from the published score.

    Written during the 1937 camp; the first of four visits to Star Lake by Eric Ball. The march was written; the parts copied; the music rehearsed and given a public performance all within a few hours.

    The march as we know it is little different from the original, with a few changes in rhythm and a rewrite of the trio section (D) which was too difficult that, to quote Eric Ball "even the very efficient soloists of the Camp Band could not make it sound like music!"
  12. Suz

    Suz Member


    Thanks for all your help. Just thought I would let you know my Husband's band (Blaenavon) came second and also won the soloist prize and most entertaining programme in the GBBA entertainment contest yesterday.

    Congrats to them all :clap:
  13. Martyn_Thomas

    Martyn_Thomas New Member

    Star Lake

    I was an instructor at Star Lake Music Camp in 1995 & 1996. I remember 11 of the students waking me up at 5 o'clock one morning playing the March 'Star Lake' outside of my room. They obviously thought I would derive some benefit from an early morning rendition. As you can imagine the Bass Drum solo was played very quietly. LOL:cool: