Bus Route Numbers: Is 3, X3, 3A or 3x The Magic Number?

For East of the M60‘s 2000th article, we look at the art of bus route numbering If you live in Oldham, you may be wondering why the 409 used to be the 9. You may be asking yourself why some operators use suffixes and prefixes in addition to numbers. Why, might you ask, do several…

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 26. ABBA Medley

Our thank-you for the music Piece: ABBA Medley; Composers: Bjorn Ulvaeus/Benny Andersson; Arranger: Peter Kleine Schaars. We have now come to the final door of this year’s Brass Band Advent Calendar. Over the previous 25 days, we have given you a super-sized concert programme with solos, test pieces, and popular music.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 25. Phoenix

One of Peter Graham’s finest works – and the inspiration behind Boarshurst Silver Band’s latest CD Piece: Phoenix; Composer and Arranger: Peter Graham. If you reading this entry, it is clear that you have clapped loud enough to justify the means for an encore. We hope you are having a fantastic Christmas Day and hope…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from East of the M60

Seasons Greetings to all our readers, old and new East of the M60 and the creator of this long-running blog, Stuart Vallantine, would like to wish all its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our thanks go to everyone who has followed this blog, shared our posts, commented on our posts, and…

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…

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 23. Ticket To Ride

Alan Fernie’s arrangement of a well-loved Beatles song Piece: Ticket To Ride; Composer: Lennon/McCartney; Arranger: Alan Fernie. Trains have come a long way since The Beatles’ best known paean to train travel reached the Hit Parade. Some may argue that the golden age of the railways was the 1930s with the Flying Scotsman, Mallard and…

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 22. When Thunder Calls

A thrilling piece by Paul Lovatt-Cooper Piece: When Thunder Calls; Composer and Arranger: Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Today is the shortest day of the year. From then on, the nights get shorter and the days get longer. Sometimes, the days seem to be shorter if the weather’s grey and abysmal. Worse still when thunder calls at this…

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 21. Sugar Blues

A sweet cornet solo in more ways than one Piece: Sugar Blues; Composer: Clarence Williams; Arranger: Alan Morrison. Whether you think of this song as a lovely laid back jazz piece or the after effect of eating too much Quality Street, you cannot resist this number performed by Mike Jones.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 20. Valero

A lively piece by James Swearingen with jazz leanings Piece: Valero; Composer: James Swearingen. If Sean Connery as James Bond had a sideline in musical composition, there’s every chance it would sound like James Swearingen’s piece.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 19. I’ll Walk With God

A superb Goff Richards arrangement of a popular hymn Piece: I’ll Walk With God; Composer: Nicholas Brodszky; Arranger: Goff Richards. This piece can either be chosen as a hymn or a piece of film music in many a concert programme. In The Student Prince, this was sung by Mario Lanza.