Sorry folks, I couldn’t find any brass band pieces related to elves…

  • Piece: An American Trilogy;
  • Composers: Various (arranged by Mickey Newbury);
  • Arranger: Goff Richards.

We have come to the last door of our Brass Banding Goes Pop Advent Calendar. We thought it was rude not to have an Elvis Presley classic in our virtual concert, either. Apart from that, we understood there was a need to cover another Welsh band besides The Cory Band.

Rounding off our virtual concert is Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Brass Band. Or BTM Brass Band as they are now known today. If you clap loud enough, there might be a surprise lurking in our calendar tomorrow.

An American Trilogy is one of Elvis Presley’s best known songs. It combines three well known 19th Century songs: I Wish I Was In Dixieland, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and All My Trials. The King (of Memphis, Tennessee fame instead of the Stretford End) finished his concerts with that number after 1971.

In the UK singles chart, it peaked at Number Eight – the most successful chart placing for this song. Almost fifty years on, it has become a go-to concert closing piece for many brass bands around the world.

Behind the door

There could only be one candidate: it is The King himself, played by Ardel O’Hanlon. Only joking, it is a picture of Elvis Presley in his younger days.

S.V., 24 December 2020.

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