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    Taps in Tempo - Jan Nerneska

    Despite his European name, Jan Berenska was a Midlander and something of a youthful prodigy, playing piano, violin and cello and giving his first broadcast at the age of 15 from Station 5IT (based in Witton, near Birmingham) in the days of crystal sets. He made his professional debut as a multi-instrumentalist in 1919, playing in the pit at London's Drury Lane Theatre for a pantomime. In the 1920s, he became sub-leader of the fledgling City of Birmingham Orchestra (CBO) before forming his own Berenska Pianoforte Quintette in 1930, which broadcast regularly from the BBC'S Birmingham studios. In 1935, he formed a dance band which toured all over the country.His xylophone solo, Taps in Tempo, is dedicated to Leslie Lewis, principal percussionist of the CBO. Born in South Wales, Lewis was a prot?g? of the orchestra's legendary timpanist, Ernest Parsons, and was subsequently engaged by the BBC as percussionist with its Theatre Orchestra in London, only to die tragically of a heart attack at Euston Station on the day he was to take up his new appointment.Taps in Tempo is very typical of the type of xylophone solo heard on innumerable bandstands and in caf?s and variety theatres throughout the 1930s and 1940s. It features a bright, catchy melody, dazzling arpeggios and scales and four-mallet chords to show off the xylophonist's technique. This arrangement was specially created for the virtuoso percussionist, Simone Rebello.

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    Taps in Tempo - Jan Berenska

    This piece was written for the Welsh percussionist Leslie Lewis. Born in the Rhondda Valley, Lewis became a pupil of the legendary Ernest Parsons, timpanist and founder member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a member of the instrument manufacturing family of E.A. Parsons & Company and an internationally-renowned authority on timpani and percussion. Lewis joined Parsons in the CBSO, becoming principal percussionist and later he was appointed solo percussionist with the BBC Theatre Orchestra in London. Sadly, the very morning he was to take up his new appointment, he stepped off the Birmingham train at Euston station, suffered a heart attack and died there and then on the platform - a tragic end to a promising career. Also Available with Fanfare Band accompaniment - Visit the PVM Fanfare Band Catalogue

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    Taps in Tempo - Berenska Jan - Newton Rodney

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    Inchcolm

    “Inchcolm” is an island in the Forth estuary first visited by St Columba in 567 and mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The ruins of Columba’s abbey are regularly shrouded in mist and bring with it a flavour of mystery and legend. Composer and distinguished French horn player Terry Johns (Drac to his friends) was commissioned to write this work for Superbrass and their water influenced 2nd album, “Brass Taps”. Drac requested that he be allowed to write a solo feature with a “proper” tune for horn. Kingdom Brass in Scotland has recently premiered “Inchcolm” in its new brass band form and the solo part is playable by either a tenor or french horn player.Duration: 5 minutes.Percussion: 3 players playing timpani, glockenspiel, triangle, pair of cymbals and suspended cymbal.Grade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands

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    Icebreaker

    “Icebreaker” was originally written for Superbrass in March 2012 and recorded in it’s original brass dectet and percussion form on their “Brass Taps” CD. The work begins with tumultuous fanfare, shrouded by thick chords in the lower brass. This fanfare-like material leads to a biting statement from the trombones. An ‘icy’ gritty section, once again played by the trombones grows in energy, punctuated by the return of the fanfares. The horns, providing a little respite, emerge in a quiet restrained line, which is coloured by the rest of the ensemble. Before fully coming to fruition, the horn line is quickly cut-short and subsumed by the sudden return of the energetic material from the other instruments, which grows to the end of the piece.Duration: 4:30 minutesPercussion: 2 players playing drum kit, bass drum and tam-tam.Grade 6: Very Difficult Championship Section Bands

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    Wade in the Water

    A Euphonium feature, “Wade in the Water” is a Negro Spiritual. The song relates to both the old and new testaments and reflects the Israelites escape out of Egypt, There is a popular belief that Wade in the Water contained explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture. In this arrangement, Mark Bassey has been influenced by Norman Symmons fine arrangement for the Johnny Griffin orchestra and was recorded by Superbrass on their “Brass Taps” CD with Andy Wood as soloist.Duration: 5:00 minutesPercussion: 3 Players playing drum kit, bongos and tambourineGrade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands

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    Deep River

    Deep River is a spiritual of Afro-American origin. It was used in the 1929 film version of “Showboat”. The melody is also sung in the closing section of Michael Tippett’s oratorio “A Child of our Time” and was also adapted into the popular song “Dear Old Southland”. This fine arrangement by Mark Bassey was commissioned by Superbrass for their “Brass Taps” CD.Duration: 4:30 minutesPercussion: 1 Player playing vibraphone (Optional)Grade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands

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    VirtEuphonity - Jan De Maeseneer

    VirtEuphonity - Jan De Maeseneer - 11'30'' - BVT020 EUPHONIUM SOLO (soloist grade 6) VirtEuphonity is a virtuoso and funky solo work for euphonium and band (or piano & drums). The work is written for Kevin Van Giel (euphonium at the Belgian Royal Air Force Band) and consists of three parts. The first is an atmospheric opener that taps the technical skills of the euphonium player with his many notes, double tones and jumps over the registers. The second part is a ballad and the third part you get a funky solo with Oriental influences to end again with the opening theme.

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