Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 3 December 2017


Hello Everyone - well we are now into the countdown for the festive season. In out first show in December we have a taste of Christmas music and lots more too. If you have a favourite piece of Christmas music or Christmas Carol and you would like to hear them on the show please contact me by email -


'Umchucks to Cadenzas' ... is a strange title for a book, a fact even Gordon Higginbottom the author who is one of the brass band movements true characters agrees, but as you read through his story in this fascinating new book all will be revealed. He is someone who it is fair to say as a tenor horn soloist has achieved legendary status throughout the brass band world. Returning to this strange title Gordon explains to the uninitiated or the 'new' generation of players just what 'umchucks' are....
Umchucks was the name commonly used to describe after beats. It was common practice for learners to make a 'grunt' sound (um) the quaver beat rests before playing the following quaver. Gordon's first experience of the brass band repertoire was Gilbert and Sullivan music, with page after page of after beats being the order of the day. Gordon's father, a conductor, would often say in rehearsals 'let's try the umchucks now' - 'no tune' just the umchucks. Simple, and that's where his musical journey started.

The book will take the reader on a musical journey from his early start as a young bandsman to being invited to join 'The Famous CWS (Manchester) Band', under the baton of Alex Mortimer. Gordon went on to play at all the major concert and contest venues both home and abroad. His musical career saw him being invited to join and play in many of the best brass bands in the UK and a guest player overseas.

His musical career was enhanced even further when he was invited by the famous cornet player James Shepherd to join what was to become the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

I was very pleased to be invited by Gordon to become involved in the publishing of his book and would recommend it to everyone who is a current player or retired player from the world of brass bands.

David Ashworth of Fanfare North Ltd, 5 Queen Street Mill, Two Mills Lane, Mossley OL5 9HP is dealing with all marketing and sales of this new book. He can be contacted at Email: or 07785-257129. This 260 page soft back book is £9.99 + £4.75 p/p (UK) and £7.50 p/p (overseas). To pay by cheque please make the cheque payable to DW. Ashworth and post to the above address.

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BACs transfer is also is available - please contact David Ashworth for the details.

Playlist 3 December 2017
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
The Proclamation of Christmas - Stephen Bulla North Carolina Brass Band (USA) MD: Brian Meixner - 2016
An Australian Christmas - William Garnet James Arr: James Curnow Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1993
Song Of Peace - Darren Bartlett Arr: Richard Phillips Vocalist James Eager And Llandaff Cathedral Choir with the Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Professor David King - 2003
Lucy Long - Adolphus Frederick 'Fred' Godfrey Arr: Luc Vertommen (published 1907) Euphonium Soloist Glen van Loy with the Brass Band Heist (Belgium) MD: Bert van Thienen - 2007
Carol Of The Bells - Traditional Arr: Warren Brooks International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2016
Dance of the Buffoons - Tchaikovsky Arr: Dave Timmins Manger Musikklag (Norway) MD: Allan Withington - 2017
Zelda - Caprice - Percy Code Cornet Soloist Alan Exley with the IMI Yorkshire Imperial Band MD: David Hirst - 1991
The Message of Christmas - William Himes International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Colonel Bernard Adams - 1973
What's Christmas Without a Brass Band - Peter Seel
Houghton Weavers (Folk Singing Group) with the Warrington Male Voice Choir, Broomfield Junior School Choir and the Wingates Band MD: Andrew Berryman - 2006
Christmas Carillon - James Curnow Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2016
L'arlesienne Suite No. 2 IVmvt - Bizet Arr: Drake Rimmer Oberaargauer Brass Band (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 1991
The Sounding Joy - William Gordon Pasadena Tabernacle Band (USA) BM: William Gordon - 2007
Yesterday - Lennon and McCartney Arr: Goff Richards Cornet Section feature - Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2005
Fanfare with O Come All Ye Faithful - Sir David Willcocks' Thoresby Colliery RJB Band MD:
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Paul Dukas Arr: Derek Bourgeois Hammonds Saltaire Band MD: Morgan Griffiths - 2012
The Polar Express - Alan Silvestri Arr: Klaas van der Woude Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2011
Gaudete - Traditional Arr: Christopher Bond Soprano Cornet Soloist Steve Stewart Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2016
Superman Suite - John Williams Arr: Ray Farr Massed bands of Desford Colliery Dowty, Leyland Vehicles, Carlton Main Frickley & Whitburn Burgh No MD -1976
A Christmas Overture - John Golland Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: James Curnow - 1997
Fidgety Feet - Jack Peberdy Cornet Duet Nick La Rocca and Larry Shields with the Brass Band 13 Etoiles (Switzerland) MD:
Two Canadian Christmas Carols - Morley Calvert William Davis Construction Group Band MD: Keith Wilkinson - 1994
Christmas Praise - Noel Jones City Of Bradford Brass Band MD: Lee Skipsey - 2016
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Chris Helme
Mews Publishing (Lightcliffe)