The Dream Once again the power of themouthpiece.com has helped the dreams of one bandsman come true. Tim Benson (timbloke), solo trombone with the Stannington Brass Band, has for a number of years been a fan of the music of Neil Hannon and the Divine Comedy. One piece in particular, National Express, was a favourite of his, and Tim was keen to play it in a brass band - unfortunately there were no arrangements of the song for band. The Mouthpiece To The Rescue Tim realised that tMP provided an excellent chance for getting the music he wanted arranged and started a discussion on which pieces would work well for bands. Arranger and composer Tim Paton (timbone) suggested National Express and asked if anyone else agreed. Tim Benson quickly replied and the two Tims got in touch and discussed how the arrangement could work. They agreed a trombone feature and Tim Paton set about writing the arrangement. The arrangement was finished only a few weeks later, and, with copyright secured, Tim Paton sent Tim Benson the finished work. Tim Benson took the music to rehearsal at Stannington Brass Band and it instantly became a hit with the band who left whistling the melody. The piece not only retains the fun of the original, but it cleverly uses the band, and a bit of additional vocals from the cornet section. Performance Derek Renshaw, MD at Stannington Brass Band, agreed to include National Express on their programme for the summer. Details of where the band can be seen are on their website at www.stanningtonbrassband.org.uk. They are also proposing to include the song on their forthcoming CD. Tim Paton has put the music on general sale through his website at www.tpmusic.co.uk or through www.justbrass.co.uk. Tim Benson and the Stannington Brass Band would like to thank Tim Paton for the arrangement, and above all thank tMP for providing the opportunity to have this arrangement made.