New Repertoire Lists for 2021 – 2022 Released

You will notice that there is a rather distinct difference in the updates to the Repertoire Lists for Wind Band and Big Band this year. For Wind Bands, there are only 6 new additions with promises of more from publishers once things start to return to ‘normal’. However, please remember that for 2020 – 2021 […]

Back To The Band Room – Part 4

As promised in Part 3 of this short series, here are some suggestions for what Sir Thomas Beecham called “lollipops” – pieces that fit very well at the end of your programme, some are entertainment style, others are more reflective. The value of these titles is that they are in contrast to the rest of […]

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NCBF New Big Band Repertoire List Additions 2020/21 (Part 1)

Preparing for next seasons National Concert Band Festival, I wanted to draw your attention to Big Band charts that have been added to the 2020/21 Repertoire List. At the same time I would like to introduce you to some brilliant composers and arrangers, who you may, or may not have come across. YouTube clips feature […]

Recommended Listening – Big Bands

“I am delighted to have been asked to provide a selection of ten Youtube clips of big bands. I hope you find them as exciting and inspirational to listen to as I have (and continue to do). YouTube is without doubt one of the finest resources available to us today. Whether it be through live […]