Sam B. Wood signature Marches - How many ?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by iancwilx, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    I know the late Sam B.Wood composed these signature marches :-

    B&R - "West Riding"
    Imps - "Yorkshire Imperial" (On manuscript)
    Bradford Victoria ( Now Drighlington) - "The Young Tykes" (On manuscript)

    I don't know if the last two were ever published and printed.

    They are all excellent marches.

    I just wondered if he had composed any more.

    - Wilkie
    ( I bet Colin Hardy knows !!)
     
  2. hornguy1

    hornguy1 Member

    I believe he wrote Haddon for Knottingley band, also handwritten on Manuscript.
     
  3. ericthered

    ericthered Member

    I know the Imps march "Yorkshire Imperial" was never published and in my opinion it definitely should be.
     
  4. Nikki T

    Nikki T Member

    He is also wrote the City of Coventry March which was used as their signature tune for years.
     
  5. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    Yes, it is an absolutely excellent march which would be a great addition to the general repertoire.
    It would make a fair Contest March.
    Did he ever write a Contest March ?

    I'd no idea about Sams Knottingley or Coventry march connections, how interesting.

    - Wilkie
     
  6. ericthered

    ericthered Member

    The Imps march has a tune which echoes the words of "We've swept these seas before boys and so we shall again". Very apt for a great band that is long overdue a period at the top of the banding tree again. Oh to break the boring monopoly of the usual top four.
     
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  7. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Me and the boys were discussing at Durham Miners Gala how much we need some new marches to keep things interesting.

    Maybe we also need to rediscover some of the old ones that've got lost over the years.

    If they're all as good as West Riding, then bring 'em on. I always liked the style of it. Shame Brighouse only usually play the first 30-odd bars.
     
  8. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    I recall now, that the song was the "Anthem" of the Hunslet Rugby League team who were based fairly close to the Yorkshire Imperial factory at Stourton in south Leeds.

    - Wilkie
     
  9. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Personally I do like it, though I know others at Imps that don't rate it so much.

    As for publication - personally I would rather see it used as it was intended - as a signature march for Imps in the same way 'West Riding' is for Briggus. Why let anyone else have a good piece.....?
     
  10. KenIrvin

    KenIrvin Member

    Just come across this thread while searching for information about Sam B Wood, the music teacher who taught me to play piano and cornet.
    My band have just started to play "Joy of Youth" by Sam B, which is available in print from Wright & Round Ltd, of Glocester
     
  11. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

    Why? Why not?

    If Imps were using it as their signature tune, you might have a point; but I can see no reason why a good march should be buried, just because one band doesn't want to play it. That strikes me as a bit of a 'dog in a manger' attitude.
     
  12. 2nd tenor

    2nd tenor Well-Known Member

    It’s an old thread and attitudes sometimes change over time, maybe Ron’s has too.

    One of my local bands has their own march and they play it well. It’s a published piece so other bands could play it if they particularly wished to but I don’t hear many doing that, perhaps out of respect or perhaps the piece just doesn’t grab them. Whatever, if your band has a signature piece then IMHO they should expect to play it better than anybody else and in that way own it.

    To my mind it seems a pity that there are some good unpublished pieces locked away in various band libraries, that situation risks the loss of those pieces and deprives others of the chance to listen to or play them. What’s unique about a signature is the way that it’s formed or executed, perhaps a Band should say on such pieces that it’s possible to copy our performance of our signature tune but impossible to exceed it - as above, perhaps the best way to ‘own’ a piece.

    It’s a pity that Thirteen Ball and Wilkie don’t post these days. I suppose that we lost them when the forum went through difficulties but it would be good to hear their interesting ‘voices’ again.
     
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