Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 6 September 2020


Hello Brass Banders

Here is another two-hour programme of brass band music from Sunday Bandstand produced and presented by Chris Helme.

Geoffrey O'Hara (February 2, 1882 – January 31, 1967) was a Canadian American composer, singer, and music professor.

O'Hara was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. He initially planned a military career. O'Hara entered the prestigious Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario at age 18 and he trained with the 1st Hussars. He had to abandon his military career upon the death of his father, Robert O'Hara.

He moved to the United States in 1904, the same year he began performing in Vaudeville. He began recording for Edison Records in 1905. In 1913 O'Hara undertook the recording of traditional Indian songs on behalf of the American government. He was recorded on phonograph cylinder lecturing about the complexity of the music as well as singing and playing several types of Navajo traditional songs in 1914. During World War I, he was a singing instructor of patriotic songs for American troops.

O'Hara lectured on music and song writing and held positions at Teachers' College of Columbia University (1936–37), Huron College and the University of South Dakota, where he later received an honorary Doctor of Music degree in 1947. He lectured for the remainder of his life. In 1920, O'Hara helped organize The Composers' and Lyric Writers' Protective League. He also was a board member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), was the president of the Composers-Authors Guild, and served in the United Service Organisations (USO).

He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.

In 1919, he married Constance Dougherty from Massachusetts, and together they had two children; the same year, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

O'Hara composed over 500 popular and patriotic songs, and hymns. He had some moderate popular music hits in the 1910s with songs such as Your Eyes Have Told Me What I Did Not Know (1913), Tennessee, I Hear You Calling Me (1914), The Old Songs, and Over the Top: Military March (1917).

His one huge hit was his song K-K-K-Katy (1918), one of the most popular tunes of the World War I era. It was sung in both World War I and World War II, occasionally as "K. K. K. K. P."

He was commissioned by the Wilson administration to compose the modern-day version of the Star Spangled Banner.

We are featuring one of his pieces on this week's show.

Playlist 6 September 2020Recording Details
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke​
Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​
'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​
Pompous Main - Shipley Douglas​
Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1996​
'Great British Marches' - CD - Doyen ‎– DOY CD039 - 1995​
Bartered Bride Overture - Bedřich Smetana arr. Derek Broadbent​
Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2011​
'Cory In Concert Volume II@ - Doyen Recording ‎– DOY CD290 - 2012​
Viennese Ladies - Franz Lehar arr. Roger Barsotti​
Tullis Russell Mills Band MD: Duncan S. Campbell - 1969​
'Tullis Russell Mills 50th Anniversary' - Vinyl - Craighall Recording SSLX326 - 1969​
Unfailing Love - Ruben Schmidt​
Tenor Horn Solo Barney Lawrence with the North York Temple Band (Canada) BM: Glenn Barlow - 2013​
'Kingdom Seekers' CD - NYTB - CD007 - 2013​
Dublin Pictures - Marc Jeanbourquin​
Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Frans-Aert Burghgraef - 2011​
'Intrada' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR 03-056-3 - 2011​
The Magic of Mozart - Darrol Barry​
Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2006​
'Let's Get Loud' - CD - Bernaerts Records BR2006.034 - 2006​
Saltarello from Symphony No. 4 'Italian' - Mendelssohn arr. Halliwell​
The Fairey Band MD: Ken Dennison - 1974​
'Brass Band Gala - Compilation' - DCD - Decca Record 452 907-2 - 1974​
Upon the Celtic Cross - Jonathan Bates​
Flowers Band MD: Paul Holland - 2015​
'Highlights from the (UK) Nationals Brass Band Finals 2015' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD356 - 2015​
Rousseau March - Ray Ogg​
The Household Troops of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2013​
'Favourites' - CD - SPS 319CD - 2013​
Spectrum - Gilbert Vinter​
Sun Life Stanshawe Band MD: Walter B. Hargreaves - 1974​
'Legacy CD1' - CD - Triple compilation CD set - 2001​
What now my Love - Gilbert Becaud arr. Ray Farr​
Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 1994​
'Brass Cinema 2' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD844 - - 1994​
Carnival of Venice arr. Antonio BriccialdiEuphonium Soloist Stef Pillaert (Belgium) with the Black Dyke Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 2002'European Championships 2002 - 25 years' - DCD - Doyen Recording DOY CD136 - 2002
I Walked Today - Geoffrey O'Hara​
Waratah Brass (Australia) MD: Ronald Prussing - 2005​
The Nationals Adelaide 2005' - CD - Muso's Media MM2-016 - 2005​
Spiderman - Danny Elfman - arr. Frank Bernaerts​
Stonesfield Silver Band MD: Terry Brotherhood - 2005​
'Magic of the Movies' - CD - Stones CD02 - 2005​
Fanfare and Flourishes - James Curnow​
Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Heinz Friesen - 1991​
'European Brass Band Championships 1991' - FT Records FT5001 - 1991​
American in Paris - George Gershwin arr. Howard Snell​
Williams Fairey Band MD: Allan Withington - 2002​
'Bridgewater Hall 2002 Live - Highlights from the Great Northern Brass Festival' - CD - Egon Sforza SFZ110 - 2002​
Arizona Belle - William Rimmer​
Cornet Soloist Morven Gilchrist with the Foden's Courtois Band MD: Elgar Howarth - 1999​
'Rimmer' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD080 - 1999​
Stephen Foster Revisited - Stephen foster arr. Martyn ThomasBrass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2009
'Darkness Visible' - CD - Lake Music Publications LMP 2009.01 - 2009​
The Jarrow Song - Alan Price arr. Derek Broadbent​
CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Archie Hutchison - 1993
'The Pioneers March' - CD - Kirklees Music Commissioned Recording for the CWS - YCLCD 001 - 1993​
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke​
Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​
'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​

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