Bromsgrove Brass Band Summer School

Anyone else going to the Summer School at Bromsgrove?
I have just been looking at some of the pieces to try to decide which band to choose to play in but can't get hold of all of them
Maybe someone could advise me.
I would like them to be interesting and challenging but not impossible.

The list of pieces is:-

Band 1
Hoedown from Rodeo - Coupland
Firebird - Stavinsky arr. Farr
Overture Plymouth Hoe - Ansell
March Brilliant - Ord Hume
March to the Scaffold - arr. Wilkinson
Czardas - Strauss arr Snall
Lord of the Rings - arr. Duncan

Band 2
Gymnopodie No 1 - Satie arr. Richards
Four Scottish Dances - Arnold arr. Farr
Overture Prince Igor - Borodin
March Australasian - Rimmer
Two Pigeons - Messager arr. A Owenson
Hedwig's Theme - Williams arr. Duncan

I have just been having a go at March to the Scaffold and am having trouble with the top D's on the first EEb bass part. :( If I decide on that band I'd better play the second part. It only goes up to top C :)


Hi Hilary,

band 1 definitely - just for firebird and lord of the rings alone, both cracking arrangements! Having said that there's a good selection this year.

I'll be there just for the reunion thingy, going straight from heathrow airport after getting back from 2 weeks in USA/canada so don't be surprised if i'm asleep/very hungover when you see me!!

Hope the course is as good as usual



A friend of mine told me that a course existed around worcester way. Could someone provide me with some details. Or where to look??


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Speaking from the point of the bass parts, neither set is hard. Hoe Down, if its the snell arrangement has never ending top As though as I recall, with a nice top C sharp for good measure at the end. :D
Thanks for the reply. I think I'll try for band 1 as several people have recommended it. Hope you have a good time in USA/Canada and look forward to seeing you at the reunion. :lol:

The Bass parts might not be hard for you but I think they probably will be for me. I definitely struggle with anything above a top C :(
Some tips would be welcome

The course is advertised on Philip Biggs Brass Festival homepage
It is a fantastic week and is well worth going to :D (not very good for the liver however :evil: )

Naomi McFadyen

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yea, definatly Band 1! :)
Cracking programme and great arrangements...
Have a great time!
I'll have to try get along to one of these summer schools oneday...

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