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    A Carol Fantasy | Chris Ellis

    An interesting and unusual take on a lesser known Christmas piece.'I have played many music selections in my time featuring Christmas music, but the funny thing is they all seem to use the same tunes! Jingle Bells, Rudolph.... but I didn't want to produce another of those!An interesting thought ??" all Christmas selections seem to be in 4 beats in a bar and Major keys, all bright and festive. Why not try something different?Carol Fantasy uses 3 beats in a bar, and is written in a Minor key!Some of the classics are there, We Three Kings, Coventry Carol, and We Wish you a Merry Christmas, but they are all stitched together using the lesser known Bell Carol. This could well be the only Christmas selection with a Jazz waltz feel!ChrisEnjoy a different, refreshing and enjoyable slant on Christmas music!InstrumentationSoprano CornetSolo, Repiano, 2nd and 3rd CornetsFlugelhornSolo, 1st and 2nd Tenor Horns1st and 2nd BaritonesEuphonium1st, 2nd and Bass TromboneEb and Bb BassTimpaniDrum KitXylophoneISMN: 979-0-708127-40-6

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    Babylon | Euphonium Solo | Kevin Bell

    A Euphonium Feature for Brass Band, and a good choice to showcase the talents of the bands Euphonium player, Babylon opens with a driving 3/4 time section led by trombones and percussion.The Euphonium solo begins with a flowing quaver melody which is rhythmically supported by the entire band, and builds until a change of pace.Moving into a slower 4/4 time section to show the lyrical quality of the Euphonium.This slower middle section continues to build encompassing the whole band, until the soloist takes over and brings us back to the opening 3/4 time again, gaining pace for a furious climax.A lively solo feature with a band accompaniment which is not too demanding.Instrumentation Euphonium Solo Brass Band Percussion parts (3): 1. Timpani 2. Drum Kit 3.Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Sus Cymbal and Mark TreeISMN: 979-0-708127-04-8

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    Bincombe Beeches | Brian Daniels

    A lovely bright lyrical march with a memorable melody and a welcome alternative to the standard march. Bincombe Beeches has a nice interlude section, a change of time signature from 4/4 to 6/8 before returning to 4/4 for its play out. Try something different ??" for a melody to delight the audience, get their toes tapping, and stays in their heads long after the performance.

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    Blue | Gansch arr. John Doyle

    A truly stunning piece of music written by the world famous Thomas Gansch of Mnozil Brass, and artfully arranged for Brass Band. The stage performance of this piece includes a Solo septet of three trumpets,tenor horn, two trombones and a tuba.The main band fills in the accompaniment. Trumpet 1 has a tricky part to play, but all other parts are straightforward. First performed by the Leyland Band at Music in Concert 2014, this is a real favourite, and a stunning show piece.

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    Boundless | Edward Mylechreest

    'O boundless salvation! deep ocean of love,O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above....'Taken from the timeless hymn 'O Boundless Salvation' by the founder of the Salvation army, William Booth, Boundless opens with a musical pyramid from low brass to top of the band soprano before taking us into the horn led melody.As the piece continues we hear catchy patterns from low brass and percussion interweaving with fanfares from the rest of the band. After a change in pace and tempo we return to a bold finale to this work by Edward Mylechreest.A warm full sounding composition making great use of dynamics and contrasts for upper and lower brass. A great concert opener.

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    Cavalry Soldier March | Baritone Feature | Dario Salvi

    A lively opening march by J.O.Brockenshire featuring the baritone section, arranged by Dario Salvi. The Cavalry Soldier March allows the baritones a chance to step forward and show off their dexterity. Often overshadowed by the euphoniums, this arrangement provides us with a nice change of tone. With support on the melody by flugelhorn The Cavalry Soldier will add to your 'March library' with something a bit different for your audience.

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    Christmas Eve | David Stowell

    The scene is set one very cold, very snowy Christmas Eve. In the market square a Brass Band plays a traditional Christmas melody, when in the distance, a second melody can be heard fromanother village nearby, and the magic of Christmas is created. This magical true life experience was what prompted David to write Christmas Eve, but in this piece, he has also woven in a third melody.

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    Christmas Jig (The Tobique)| trad. arr. David Stowell

    Played by the fabulous Cory Band in their 2016 Christmas series, this lively piece is a real audience pleaser. It brightens up a Christmas concert and is an arrangement of two dances; Christmas jig, in 6/8 time, and a reel in 4/4, based on the traditional French Canadian folk song; 'The Mouth of the Tobique'.The basses have a vital role in creating a Celtic style drone sound, and the percussion a simple but effective Irish rhythm. A great audience pleaser, and ideal as the encore to round off a concert and leave a lasting memory in the minds of the listeners.Instrumentation Full Brass Band Percussion (x2): 1. Timpani 2. Bass Drum, Drum Kit, Tom-tomsISMN: 979-0-708127-41-3

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    Dardanella | Bernard & Black arr. Dario Salvi

    'Oh Sweet Dardanella, I love your harem eyes. I'm a lucky fellow, to capture such a prize'Dardanella was written in 1919 and became one of the most popular songs of the 1920's selling 13 million copies, going on to become a huge jazz standard covered by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby amongst others.This arrangement for Brass Band by Dario Salvi takes us back to the most famous version of 1920 sung by Vernon Dalhart and Gladys Rice, where the opening calls to mind the sounds of a fairground.Dario's arrangement moves between styles with an almost clockwork sound at one point changing to laid back swing beat at another, all supporting this cheerful melody. An excellent programme filler.

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    Die Politik | Euphonium & Baritone Duet | Richard Genee arr. Dario Salvi

    Richard Gene, a highly skilled librettist, playwright and composer is one of the lesser known names in the Viennese repertoire, yet his work is justifiably famous. He is best known for his libretto of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss II's most famous operetta, but also wrote many pieces of music in his own right, including the 1876 operetta 'Der Seerkadet'. Die Politik, subtitled: 'Politics requires Wisdom and Skill' was originally a comic duet for two male voices, discovered by Dario Salvi in the US Library of Congress, and arranged here for Euphonium and Baritone Duet with Brass Band.