At the heart of the Brass Band is the working-class culture of brotherhood musicians, ambassadors of local communities and industries, and of fierce competitiveness. On both sides of the Atlantic there are competitions to crown the best Brass Band; the European Brass Band Association and the North American Brass Band Association hold such championships. For the 28 brass “banders" preparing for a title run, rehearsals can be intense and all-consuming, but the results are nothing shy of brilliant.
On this episode of Wind & Rhtythm, we explore the music and magnificence of the Brass Band.
Cory Band, Dr. Robert Childs Nimrod from "Enigma" Variations, Op. 36
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Pearl Fishers - Deep Inside the Sacred Temple
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Adagio from Concierto De Aranjuez
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Major Peter Parkes
Mark Walters Flugelhorn soloist Carrickfergus
Irish Folk Song, arr. Roberts
Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Music for Battle Creek
Brass Band of Battle Creek, Sarah Ionnides Images for Brass
Brass of the Potomac, Stephen Bulla