Back To The Band Room – Part 2

Following on from last month’s thoughts on those first rehearsals following such a long gap in ensemble playing, here are some suggestions which I hope lead your band into confident playing again. Once again, I stress the value of time being taken in ‘warm-ups’ and unison playing at the commencement of all rehearsals to create […]

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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 – Wind Band

“From 2011 – 2019 I had the pleasure of conducting the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra. During this time, the band and I covered a wide range of music that was chosen for concerts, festivals, competitions and workshops. Many of the pieces we chose were as the result of a considerable amount of time sat at […]