Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 24. Starburst

A fantastic original piece by Dan Price

  • Piece: Starburst;
  • Composer and Arranger: Dan Price.

In the last three decades, we have seen how our favourite brands have changed names to suit a wider marketplace. Jif is now Cif; Marathon is Snickers; Bounty is Plenty; and Sure is still Sure (at one time, this was nearly going to be Rexona on these shores). Opal Fruits has for several years been known as Starburst. Thankfully, Dan Price wasn’t inspired by chewy fruit flavoured confectionary for this number.

Starburst was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Youth Brass Band. In June 2014 it was premiered at The Bridgewater Hall with the piece symbolises an abnormally high rate of star formation. It is billed on his website (we love the view of the dovecote near Rivington Pike) as a concert opener. As for the piece itself, a superb lively number as seen with Crofton Silver Band’s performance.

Dan Price’s other works include the Newton Wood Suite, which pays tribute to Daniel Adamson (if there are any Tameside brass bands interested in this piece, find out here). Also Holcombe Hill, which is inspired by the marches of George Allan, William Rimmer and Kenneth Alford.

Strictly speaking, this is our last door in the East of the M60 Brass Band Advent Calendar. If you clap loud enough (or do the more autie-friendly jazz hands) in full view of your monitor, tablet or smartphone, we might have another one for you. Maybe two more if you clap louder or wave your hands vigorously.

Forthcoming concerts

Cadishead Public Band

Glossop Old Band Room, Derby Street, Glossop

On the 12 January 2020, Cadishead Public Band will be kicking off next year’s season of concerts at Glossop Old Band Room. As usual, doors are open from 1.00pm for the usual 2.00pm start. Admission is free, though you can support the band by giving generously to the Infamous Bucket Collection, placing a bid in the auction, or buying several raffle tickets. Oh, and Mouselow Farm Brewery ales are priced at £2.50 a pint.

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

One more thing…

We at East of the M60 wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our thanks go to everyone who has supported this blog and enjoyed reading our posts, past and present. Here’s to 2020!

S.V., 24 December 2019.

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