Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 16 December 2018


Hello Brass Banders - There are only nine full days left to Christmas Day. It is always interesting to look back on Christmases of yesteryear. I have a presentation about that very subject and have been to many groups this month telling my story.

As we look back gone have the days when householders would put real lit candles on the Christmas tree - health and safety was clearly not an issue in those far off days but no doubt kept the fire brigade busy.

Just how did mothers during the 1940/1954 rationing time here in the UK manage to make something almost out of nothing for the Christmas dinner or is it Christmas lunch where you are. Spending a fortune on presents for the youngest members of the family when they only want to play with the wrapping paper.

The local brass band comes round to your street and you have a line of young players at your door all wanting to defrost their frozen valves and hoping you might just want to share a mince pie with them.

Enjoy the show..

Playlist 16 December 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
The Wonder Of Christmas - Peter Graham Aldbourne Band MD: David Johnson - 2014
Christmas Triptych - James Curnow North Carolina Brass Band (USA) MD: Brian Meixner - 2016
Silent Night - Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr arr: Andrew Wainwright Vocalist Faryl Smith with the Virtuosi GUS Band MD: John Berryman - 2012
O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam arr: Stephen Bulla Soprano Cornet Soloist Kevin Crockford with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1994
The Kingdom Triumphant - Eric Ball International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2012
Kaiser Waltz Op 437 - Johann Strauss ll arr: Gregor Grant Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1996
The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Traditional - Anon arr: Eric Crees The Royal Opera House Brass Soloists and the Royal Opera Chorus - 2006
The Box of Delights - Hely - Hutchinson arr: Andrew Baker Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2016
Fantasy on Good King Wenceslas - Roy Newsome BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans - 1984
March Melody - Seasonal Greetings - James Anderson New York Staff Band BM: Ron Waikesnoris - 1997
Three Kings Swing arr: William Himes Trumpet soloist Vince Di Martino with the Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Frank Renton - 1995
A Coventry Christmas arr: Lee Morris Darebin City Brass - Preston Band (Australia) MD: Andrew Snell -2016
Gabriella's Song from the film 'As It Is In Heaven' - Stefan Nilsson Vocals: Regina Mallinger with the Brass Band Obersterrich (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2010
Largo from the New World Symphony - Dvorak arr: Martin Ellerby Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band MD: Garry Cutt and Chris Helme with memories of Christmas playing over 60 years ago.....
Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck arr: Howard Lorriman Classic Festival Choir with the Brass Band Oberaargauer (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2009
The Call Of Christmas - Wim Stalman Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Jan De Haan - 2001
A Christmas Lullaby - Darrol Barry Middleton Band MD: Matt Stringer - 2010
Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah - G.F.Handel Halifax Choral Society with the Black Dyke Band MD: John Pryce Jones - 2001
Christmas Bells are Ringing - Darren W. Jenkins arr: Jason Gray Atlantic Brass Band (US) MD: Salvatore Scarpa - 2013
Steadily Onward - Erik Leidzen International Staff Band BM: Colonel Bernard Adams - 1973
The Message of Christmas - William Himes International Staff Band BM: Colonel Bernard Adams - 1973
Winter Wonderland arr: Steve Sykes Black Dyke Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 1998
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Watch out for another great show next week - have a look at my website for a couple of fab brass band books in the online shop. You can always email me with your request -

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