Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 30 2 December 2018


Hello Brass Banders - Well, 2018 has almost come to an end and this is the last Sunday Bandstand for another year. The show is now entering its 12th year and the number of community radio stations that play the show is continuing to grow. With more and more listeners tuning around the world the audience continues to get bigger The show also goes out on a Mixcloud link to almost 200 individuals around the world where the link to the show is sent direct to their computers. With recipients as far apart as USA across to Thailand and then across to Tasmania. If you wish to receive the show direct all we need is your email address to send it to.

On behalf of everyone at Sunday Bandstand we wish you a very Happy New Year and successful time with your band.

Meredith Willson was best known as author and composer of “The Music Man,” which premiered on Broadway in 1957.

He was born in Mason City, Iowa, and played the flute in John Philip Sousa’s famous band from 1921 to 1923. He then joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1924 to 1929.

He came to San Francisco, served as concert director for the now defunct KFRC radio station, and rose to prominence in the early 1930s as a musical director at NBC, San Francisco.

In the late 1930s he moved to NBC, Hollywood, and was musical director on many of the famous radio shows of that era. He also composed for motion pictures and, in the 1940s, was twice nominated for the Academy Award.

During World War II he served as a Major in the U.S. Army, involved in operation of the Armed Forces Radio Service.

Many of his songs have become standards, including “76 Trombones,” “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” “You and I,” “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You” and “Till There Was You,” a hit for the Beatles in 1963. He died in 1984.

On this week’s show we have 76 Trombones but arranged with variations and the soloist is Scot Hartman with the Brass Band of Battle Creek.

Playlist 30 December 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Brilliant March - J. Ord Hume Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1974
Marco Spada Overture - Daniel Auber Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007
Variations in Blue - Derek M. Broadbent The Trombone Section of the Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: Markus S. Bach - 1987
April in Paris - music by E Y Harburg, words by Vernon Duke arr: Mark Freeh Cornet Soloist Alan Morrison with the Travelsphere Holidays Band MD: Captain Barry Wassall - 2001
Choral of Hope - Johan Evenepoel Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium) MD: Luc Vertommen - 2004
Forward 2000 March - Martin Cordner Enfield Citadel Band BM: James Williams - 2001
Marching Through Georgia - Goff Richards Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1980
Carnival of Venice - Harry James Cornet Soloist David Daws with the Oslo Temple Salvation Army Band (Norway) BM: Not known - 2006
2nd Sinfonietta for Band - 1) Danse - Jean Balissat Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 1994
The Millennium Song - Kees Vlak Brass Band Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1998
Inter City - Darrol Barry Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1980
Snowy Polka - Walter John Ridley Royal Doulton Band MD: Ted Gray
The Bronze Horse - Daniel Auber arr: Drake Rimmer BMC Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1968
Northern Spirit - Alan Fernie Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Alan Morrison - 2009
Variations on 76 Trombones - Meredith Willson arr: Kenneth Amis Trombone Soloist Scott Hartman with the Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Constantine Kitsopoulus - 1998
Sparkling Diamonds from Moulin Rouge - Jules Styne and Leo Robin arr: Sandy Smith Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2004
Polka Concertante: Pluie d'Etoiles - Emil Waldteufel arr: Eric Crees Cornet Soloist David Smith with the Desford Colliery Band MD: Eric Crees - 1997
King of Kings - Eric Ball Egon Virtuosi Band BM: James Williams ( - 1996
Lloyd - Hymn tune Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2006
Spitfire Prelude and Fugue - William Walton arr: Elgar Howarth Foden's Richardson Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2005
MacArthur Park - Jim Webb arr: Alan Catherall Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1998
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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