What brass works (band, ensemble, duet, solo etc.) have been most influential on you in your playing or indeed listening 'career'? What pieces have say, changed your approach to playing, conducting, or simply opened your eyes to a new world in the world of brass. Here's my list. In no particular order: Tameside Overture (Philip Sparke). The first piece I ever played in a brass band contest. I honestly can't remember what the result was but we certainly worked on it in detail! Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky arr. Howarth) Opened the door to a wave of orchestral arrangements and just what was possible on brass instruments. More challenging stuff has been produced since, but in my view, this set the standard for widening the boundaries of what was possible, for both brass ensembles and brass bands, both in composition and arranging. I've been fortunate enough to play this (well, the brass ensemble version. haven't played the band version!) and it's even more enjoyable to be a part of than to listen to! Variations on a Rococo Theme (Tchaikovsky - as performed by the Russian trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov - on the album No Limit). Stretched the boundaries of what was previously possible on a flugehorn, both in technique and range. The album title sums it up perfectly An Epic Symphony (Percy Fletcher) The first piece I ever conducted in a contest (what a scary start!) and one that has stayed with me ever since. Still a classic, still a test for most bands, and for amateur conductors like me, a b*gger to pull off! Resurgam (Eric Ball). Although Tameside Overture was the first band piece I played in a contest, the Crystal palace Band who I was playing with at the time, hadn't contested for the best part of 10 years and under its then conductor, Allan Wilson, worked intermittently and then solidly over a two year period to get this piece up to performance standard, eventually taking it to the contest stage (and getting, if I remember, a creditable 3rd place in an own choice contest). It was the band's 'goal' to get it back on the nitty gritty of the contesting trail and each rehearsal revealed something new about this marvellous work. Even now, almost 20 years later, I never tire of this piece and still find new listening 'rewards'. A veritable 'legend' of a musical work. So... they're my five. What about you?