March composers

Discussion in 'Historical bandsmen' started by floppymute, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    I've been trying to do some research on the dates (birth & death) of brass band march composers. The two names I've become stuck on are George Allan (composer of 'Senator') and Shipley Douglas (composer of 'Mephistopheles'. I've trawled the IBEW site to no avail.
    Can anyone help please?
  2. Steve Robson

    Steve Robson New Member

    Hi. GEORGE ALLAN 1864 - 1930. If you want some more info get in touch on I co.ordinated a CD with 13 George Allan Marches a few years ago. He is a top fellow, as is demonstrated every Whit Friday. I have quite a bit of info available and can let you know how to get hold of our CD. It includes The Wizard, Knight Templar, Battle Abbey, Raby, Senator & 8 more brill marches.
  3. matthetimp

    matthetimp Member

    South Wales
    TJ Powell actually dropped dead in a BBC Radio broadcast whilst conducting Cory. 70's I think? don't know if that is any use to you?
  4. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    Thanks for that.
    The only one I'm still stuck with now is Shipley Douglas.
    Still can't find any info on him other than discographies.
    Anyone know any more please?
  5. Steve Robson

    Steve Robson New Member

    Hi again,
    I found the following in Roy Newsomes brilliant book, "Brass Roots".

    "Shipley Douglas (1868-1920) was at one time a pupil of J. Ord Hume, and his arrangement of the Selection from Die Meistersinger (Wagner) brought him immediate fame." As well as Mephistopheles, he also wrote humourous fantasy "Three Blind Mice", and a march "War & Peace". If you are into studying all this, I can rccommend both of Dr Newsomes books.

    Cheers, Steve
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