Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 18 February 2018


Hello Brass Banders and welcome to another two hours of music from the world of brass bands. As always we have a rich and diverse choice of music for your enjoyment. With bands from around the world and some fine soloists. In particular listen out for two of the finest soprano cornet players playing along side each other on the same recording - performances that will make your hair stand on end. When was the last time you heard a vibraphone solo on a brass band concert ? Well we have one today and its a real gem. We even have a blast from the past with a hit song from Hank Williams dating back to the early 1950s, our recording and arrangement is not that old we do go back to 1982 for that one.

Well no time to wait so let's get on with the show - don't forget if you have a request or a question about the world of brass bands you can always contact me by email .... ..... or you could have a look at my new website ...

Joseph John Richards (aka J.J.Richards (1878 - 1956) was born in Cwmavon, Wales. His family moved to the USA in 1882, settling in Peterson, Kansas. He began learning brass instruments at the age of ten, progressing rapidly, playing with various local bands.

At the age of nineteen he was appointed leader of the Norton-Jones Circus Band, beginning a long career as bandmaster with numerous ensembles. His first composition appeared in print in 1899, during this period he began writing marches and other works and many of his early works were first performed by the bands that he led. His career as a circus bandleader culminated with his directorship of the Ringling Bros. Circus Band from 1911 to 1918.

During the circus off-seasons, he attended Kansas State Teachers College and the American Conservatory of Music. Beginning in the early 1920s, he taught school music and directed bands in numerous Illinois towns throughout 1944.

In 1945, following the death of Herbert L. Clarke, he was appointed director of the famous Long Beach, California Municipal Band, a post he held until 1950. Subsequently, he returned to Illinois in the spring and summer to lead Mount Morris Band while wintering in Long Beach.

He died in 1956 in Long Beach. He was highly regarded by his peers. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1939 and served as its president in 1948. He composed well over one hundred works that were published.

On this week's show we celebrate the music of J.J.Richards by playing his march Midwest featured by the Illinois Brass Band .

Playlist 18 February 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
The Arcadians Overture - Monckton and Talbot Arr: Arthur Wood Stalybridge Old Band MD: Jim Cant - 2000
An Untold Story - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Tenor Horn Soloist Owen Farr with the Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2008
A Tribute To Lionel (Lionel Hampton American jazz vibraphonist) - Andre Waignein Vibraphone Soloist Simon Keller with the Brass Band Emmental (Switzerland) MD: Anton Helscher - 1999
Spanish Dance - Andrew Wainwright Virtuosi GUS Band MD: John Berryman
On Duty! - Paul Sharman Hendon Band of the Salvation Army BM: David Rudd -2010
All The Things You Are - Jerome Kern Arr: Peter Maunder Bones Apart trombone quartet: Carol Jarvis, Becky Smith, Becca Harper & Lorna McDonald - 2002
Triumph of Peace - Eric Ball Portsmouth Citadel Band - BM: Harold Nobes - Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London - 1st June 1968
Kalinka - Traditional Arr: Ray Woodfield Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band MD: David Hynd - 2002
Three Dance Sequences From West Side Story - 1)Prologue 2) Somewhere 3) Mambo - Leonard Bernstein Arr: David Carder James Shepherd Versatile Brass MD: Roy Curran - 1991
Midwest March - J.J.Richards The Illinois Band (USA) MD: Peter Lipari - 2003
Overture Norma - Vincenzo Bellini Buy as you View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2004
The Year of the Dragon (Mvt. 2) Interlude - Philip Sparke Trombone Solo Brett Baker with the Polysteel Band MD: Philip Harper - 2008
Your Cheatin Heart - Arr: David Cunningham Royal Doulton Band MD: Ted Gray - 1982
All the Time in the World - Ron Harris Arr: Johan Dokter Amsterdam Staff Band BM: Howard Evans - 2002
If I Were King - Adolphe Adam Arr: William Rimmer Yorkshire imperial Metals Band MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1975
Showstoppers for Two Soprano Cornets - Arr: Simon Kerwin, Alan Catherall, Ray Farr & Michael E. Hopkinson Soprano Cornet Soloists Brian Evans and Peter Roberts with the Kings of Brass MD: James Scott - 1995
The Bandsman's Tale - Elgar Howarth Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1991
Holy Holy Holy - Stephen Bulla Cornet Soloist Kevin Metcalf with the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: John Lam - 2011
Pancake Rag - Traditional - Colin G. Dance Fodens Richardson Band MD: David Hirst - 2007
The Australasian - William Rimmer Rigid Containers Group Band MD: John Berryman - 1996
Beyond the Tamar (6 mvt Finale) - Philip Harper Ensemble De Cuivres Melodia (Switzerland) MD: Jean-François Bobillier - 2011



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