Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 1. The Crazy Brass Machine

“Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine…”

Before we start, the fire doors are the way you came in, beside the trombone section, and the back door which leads to our village’s apology of a Christmas tree…

  • Piece: The Crazy Brass Machine;
  • Composer: Mark Taylor;
  • Arranger: Sandy Smith.

For this year’s Brass Band Advent Calendar opens with Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s performance of The Crazy Brass Machine. Our clip is from the Obrasso Records release Our Town (2014).

Sandy Smith’s arrangement is billed as being “Rock Music for Brass Bands”. A similar claim could be made for Ted Huggins’ Choral and Rock Out which has greater symphonic rock leanings. I think of this piece as being a decent concert opener.

Tomorrow’s piece may continue this theme. All will be revealed once the second door is opened.

Today’s concerts

New to our Brass Band Advent Calendar, we shall be advertising a few brass band concerts that are taking place in our locality.

Glossop, Glossop Old Band Room

Dove Holes Brass Band will be opening Glossop Old Band’s programme of December concerts. Starting at 2pm, admission is free. Whatever you do, don’t forget to buy half your body weight in the raffle tickets and give generously to the World Famous Bucket Collection. There is also an auction where you could bid on fancy goods.

Glossop Old Band Room, Derby Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8LP.

Greenfield, Boarshurst Band Club

Strata Brass will be hosting their concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Starting at 8pm, admission is £10.00 (or £8.00 for members of Boarshurst Band Club). Doors are open from 7pm.

Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, OL3 7EW.

Also on today:

  • Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band: Albion United Reformed Church, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire (2 – 4pm).
  • Lydgate Brass Band: Lydgate Parish Hall, Lydgate, West Riding of Yorkshire (2 – 4pm, £4.00 admission);
  • Middleton Youth Band: Friends of Middleton Band Christmas Brass (also featuring Littleborough Training Band), St. Stephen’s Church, High Street, Middleton, Lancashire.

S.V., 01 December 2019.

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