There are several tracks on playing on All Brass Radio that have the word "Special" in the title. What does that mean?
On many brass band CDs, there are tunes in three to six movements (and more!). They are formed as separate tracks on the CDs. All Brass Radio has combined them into one track and placed them into the playlist.
Special means a multi-movement track is playing, which if you purchased the CD yourself, would not show up as a single track.
Vote below the Player above for your
Favorite and Least Favorite Tracks
using the stars. 1 is awful and 5 is terrific. Some Old (to see how far we have come or how good the old bands were) And MANY of the latest CDs on the Market!
Here is how the votes
will be interpreted:
5 Stars = One of the Very Best Tracks!
4 Stars = A very good Track
3 Stars = An OK track - Middle of the Pack
2 Stars = A not so good of a Track
1 Star = Lousy Track, Please Consider Removing it!
You can also vote in 1/2 stars
https://s1.cloudrad.io/411wkfc9pj/listen — thats it 😀
I will play tracks from the CD on the station unless it is just awful (after about 90 donated CDs I have had only one couldn’t use) and I will put the cover image above with some notes attached. The notes you can write or I will write something after visiting your website and/or reading the CD cover information. If I get a few CDs, I will have them rotate. The cover image will have a link to your band’s website or to a CD seller’s site where listener’s can buy the CD. I love donations of CDs and try to give donors as much publicity as I can.
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March Top 20 List
Published April 1, 2019
As Voted on by the Listeners
1. Las Vegas Brass Band - Country Roads
2. Paris Brassband - Orient Express
3. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band - You Raise Me Up
(Kirsty Abbotts, Cornet)
4. Brass Band of Central Florida - Tis a Gift
5. Brighouse and Rastrick Band - Bolero
6. International Staff Band - Quest Trilogy
7. Hammonds Saltaire Band - 76 Trombones
8. Black Dyke Band - Soundtrack Highlights From "Lion King"
9. Sun Life Stanshawe Band - Marriage of Figaro
10. Brighouse and Rastrick Band - A Carmen Fantasy
11. Ever Ready Band - Great Gate of Kiev
12. Georgia Brass Band - King Cotton
13. Clacton-On-Sea Band - Festive Overture
14. Brass Band Willebroek - Great Balls of Fire
15. Rigid Containers Group Band - A Pittsburgh Overture
16. Atlantic Brass Band - Gettysburg (Reunion and Finale)
17. Waitakere Brass - Festival March Celebration
18. Hammonds Saltaire Band - Keystone Kartoon
19. International Staff Band - Here They Come
20. Willebroek Brass Band - The Lord of the Rings
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Passion for Brass
The year 1986 was witness to a remarkable passing-of-the-torch! After thirty years of concertizing around the world, the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (PJBE) disbanded after defining a new standard of brass ensemble playing—but not before the PJBE inspired a young trombone student at Western University, and a native son of London, Ontario, Karl Hermann, to organize a brass ensemble that soon became known as Brassroots.
Professor James White signed on as Music Director; he led the ensemble with distinction and was a mentor to the young students who formed the ensemble. White retired in 1995 to be succeeded by Bram Gregson. Now, thirty years in, and having outlasted its inspiration, Brassroots continues to perform to a loyal London following.
We are confident that Brassroots was the first ensemble in Canada to employ the PJBE model of four trumpets, a horn, four trombones and a tuba. A percussionist was soon added to provide rhythmic support and colours that enable a more expansive repertoire.
Having laid the groundwork for chamber performance by a brass ensemble, not only did the PJBE attract English composers and arrangers to write for them, the tradition was also established where the players themselves made vital contributions to the ensemble's repertoire.
The newly formed Brassroots needed music to perform and the PJBE was very supportive, making some of their manuscripts available to Brassroots. Before long, Brassroots was able to purchase PJBE published pieces.
In the past thirty years, ten-piece brass and percussion ensembles have sprung up all over the world. Of particular note is the all-star group Superbrass of London England—their publishing company has introduced an exciting selection of charts quite different to those published by PJBE. In appreciation of their important contributions to brass ensemble literature we have given a nod to both PJBE and Superbrass by including several of their publications in this CD. The balance of the tracks have been composed or arranged by Canadians.
In the tradition of the PJBE, Brassroots' members have also contributed many arrangements, but it is important to recognize the exceptional contribution made to our library by Jeff Christmas. Jeff, also a student at Western in those first days of Brassroots, acknowledges the importance of Brassroots in cutting his compositional and arranging teeth! Our 2009 CD Cocktails featured original music composed especially for that recording by Jeff. In his program notes he states: "Brassroots came along right about the time I was pursuing a career in composition and proved to be a superb vehicle for practising my trade. It's an ideal environment for a composer to have his music performed immediately...."
"This is a wonderful small group brass CD — I was very impressed." - Jim Fox
The CD can be purchased on Amazon or CDBaby.
Kirsty Abbots and the
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
"A Search for Peace"
Kirsty began playing the piano at the age of 6 in her home town of Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire and at the age of 9 started playing the cornet with Shipston Town Junior Band. By the age of 15 she had become principal cornet of the Senior Band and led them to two National Finals before moving to Huddersfield to study Music at Huddersfield University. She was also a member of the National Youth Brass Band for 3 years.
Kirsty studied under the well known cornet player and former Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band, Phillip McCann. Under Phillip’s tuition Kirsty achieved an LTCL Diploma in Performance, BA (Hons) in Music and a Masters Degree in Musical Performance. Whilst studying at Huddersfield Kirsty joined the Sellers College Band, which became Sellers Engineering and finally Sellers International. During 13 years with Sellers, Kirsty progressed through the ranks and became Principal Cornet in 1995 and was awarded the Best Principal Cornet at Spennymoor Entertainments Contest and gained third prize in the British Open Solo Championships in 2000.
In 2002 Kirsty made the move to Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and has won many awards since: British Open Cornet Champion 2003, Best Principal Cornet Prize at Brass in Concert in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2013, second in the British Open Solo Championships 2004, Best Instrumentalist Mineworkers Contest 2005, Best Principal Cornet Land O’Burns Contest 2005, Best Soloist Grand Shield 2006 and 2016, Best Soloist Scottish Open in 2006, Best Instrumentalist English Nationals 2009, Best Soloist Yorkshire Area 2010, Soloist Prize Brass in Concert 2011 and 2013 and Mineworkers Best Soloist 2013. Kirsty was also awarded the Best Instrumentalist whilst leading Carlton Main Frickley to victory in the Yorkshire Area Championships in 2015 and in March 2016 was awarded Best Principal Cornet at the same contest.
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, one of the most famous names in the brass band world. The band is currently one of the highest ranked bands in the World. As well as a busy schedule of major concerts and private engagements, the band also competes at the highest level in the Worlds leading major contests alongside the very best and most prestigious bands in the world, including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick Bands to name just a few.