A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 26. Toccata in D Minor

SECOND ENCORE: J.S. Bach’s seminal organ tune, in brass band form For the final door on this year’s East of the M60 Advent Calendar, we have decided to give you a right corker of a piece. Originally written for organ, this tune by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of his best known works.

Christmas Day On The Buses, Greater Manchester, 1986

Was 1986 the last year when Greater Manchester had an extensive bus network on Christmas Day? For many carless households, leaving the house on Christmas Day is nigh-on impossible. As a rule of thumb, it is assumed that many people spend Christmas Day at home. They are more likely to open presents, get entangled with…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 25. Santa Claus-trophobia

ENCORE: Sandy Smith’s Christmas medley Well, the people have spoken, and Christmas Day Means Christmas Day. As an extra to the previous 24 Advent Calendar windows, there is only one Christmas medley which depicts The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 24. Procession to the Minster

If you really want to finish a brass band concert in style, this is the piece! After 23 days, we have come to the end of our Brass Band Advent Calendar. If you have followed all the windows, each and every one was chosen to make for The Mother of All Brass Band Concerts. For…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 23. MacArthur Park

Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s performance of Richard Harris’ most famous song If you are familiar with wedding DJs in the 1970s and 1980, there was always one song that the disc jockey left on the turntable whilst having a fag or a [censored]. The full version of Don Maclean’s American Pie is one example; another is…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 22. Czardas

Martin Wilson’s trombone solo with Whitburn Band For our 22nd Advent Calendar window, we have for your very eyes a vintage trombone solo. Taken from a 1982 edition of BBC Television’s Best of Brass, we see Martin Wilson performing in front of a live audience in The Assembly Rooms, Derby.

Fifty Years a Bus Man: the Stagecoach Driver Recognised For Long Service

Stockport driver clocks up half a century behind the wheel Between 1968 and 2018, the bus industry has changed beyond recognition. In place of public sector operators, private sector giants have taken over many of Britain’s bus services. One-man operation is something we take for granted nowadays.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 21. Don’t Stop Me Now

Having a good time? Not long till Christmas now… Queen’s back catalogue and brass band music: it is amazing how the two art forms work so well together. Could Freddie Mercury have been the next Roy Newsome had he landed in Leeds/Bradford Airport instead of Heathrow? Strictly speaking, the use of popular music as a…