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 Chairman's Boogie

When the chairman of my band said he likes a "Boogie", a challenge was set. In this up-beat, jazzy piece the lower brass imitate the stereo typical piano left-hand pattern. Lots of section features, including the Timps (The chairman plays timps). Come and join the party

 

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 Carpe Diem

 

Time is precious and this exciting piece, with its "ticking" motif, inspired by Stravinsky's The Augurs of Spring Dances of the Young Girls,  from the Rite of Spring, keeps a sense of urgency and pressure through the piece

 

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 LMR 600 Gordon

 

One for the train buffs! LMR 600 Gordon, an engine form the Longmoor Military Railway now preserved on the  Severn Valley Railway.

 

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Resilience

 

Resilience, A march presented in two forms. Concert - with a dramatic slowing towards the end followed by a build in tempo that an audience could clap to. Standard - For everyday performance on bandstands etc.

 

 

 

Virtual performance of Standard Version

 

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  Rolling Score

Live Performance - rehearsal  - covid safe!

Reflection 1

 

Composed: 2021. 

A descriptive and relaxed composition. Ideal before a church service or to slow the pace in a full concert. Unashamedly Baroque influenced.

 

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Rolling Score

Live Performance

Introducing The Band

 

Composed: 2021. 

Introducing the Band an exciting way to showcase the different areas of the band. The showstopper / musical theatre style is an ideal opener to the 2nd part of a concert. If practical, each section should stand to play their allocated section as follows: Percussion (a free section to develop as they wish), All Bass instruments with Euphonium if needed, Trombones, French Horns and Euphoniums (+Baritones), High w/w: Flutes, Oboe, and Clarinets, Trumpets/Cornets/Flugel. Vamp Bars: These bars enable the conductor to introduce the section and repeat continuously as needed.

 

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Steadfast

 

Composed: 2021.

Steadfast, a concert piece with hints of a march. An uplifting main theme leads to more unusual inner sections containing lovely reed

textures. A menacing character builds in the middle until we return to the positivity of the opening idea. Something exciting for both performer and audience alike.

 

 

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Spy Ring

 

2021. Spy Ring is a light-hearted glimpse into the undercover world. Originally written to add some fun for the band, the text could form part of the performance by being projected or held up by band members. Text is kept short to enable such performance possibilities.

Also audible on the timpani part is the victory sign (dot dot dot dash) used on the radio in WWII.

c.0.12secs: Dark shadows of old alleyway c.0.30: The Spy emerges

c.0.50: Change of disguise, an English gentleman

c.1.09: Oops, he's been spotted! c.1.19: Subtly attempting to escape

c.1.39: Lucky escape - back into the alley c.1.58: Is this it? Trapped in the alley!

c.2.22: A conversation with a double agent, that's lucky!

c.2.42: Should he trust them? c.3.02:Transfer of information

c.3.22:  Bad choice :(

Enter a world of changing disguises, enter the "Spy Ring"

 

 

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Behind The Mask

 

Composed: 2021.

A mask can hide all manner of feelings and emotions.With constantly changing textures and moods, behind the Mask will be at home at any point in your concert order.

 

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Bessie

 

Composed: 2021. 

Bessie (Tuba Solo). Bessie was a "sit-on" lawnmower from Tissington. The piece is a quirky/fun item suitable for either Tuba, Eb, Bb bass, or even Euphonium.

 

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Castle Ruins

 

Composed: 2021.

With its persistence pulsating undercurrent,the piece captures the flavour of military goings-on from years past One to add to your concerts this year and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

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 A Cumbrian Moment

Winner of the Kendal Concert Band Composition Competition 2021.

 

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A great piece for  concert hall or bandstand (alternate starting point).

 

 

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