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Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 4. The Wizard

One of George Allan’s best loved marches

  • Piece: The Wizard;
  • Composer: George Allan.

After Knight Templar, The Wizard is one of George Allan’s best known marches. For any band on Whit Friday, it offers a most formidable challenge, hence its popularity with Championship Section and First Section bands as a contest march.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 13. Knight Templar

George Allan’s evergreen contest march

For many listeners of brass band music, some brass bands are recognisable by their choice of contest march. You could be sure that Fodens Band will be playing The President on Whit Friday. Brighouse and Rastrick for some listeners is shorthand for Ravenswood in that department. As for Black Dyke Band, there is only one answer. Yes, it is George Allan’s most recognisable contest march.

What do we have here? In our video clip isn’t Queensbury’s finest musical export. Even Mr Magoo could fathom that one out.

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