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  1. American Voices

    Music of American Composers

    With this release, the Georgia Brass Band proudly recognizes the music of notable American composers. Much of the music contained in this collection was written specifically for British-style brass band, an ensemble that came to prominence in Victorian era England. Some of the featured music was written for other instruments but has been skillfully arranged by people who know that almost any type of music sounds better when played by a brass band. The common denominator is that all of the music on this recording originally came from the pens (or music notation software) of American composers. Some of the composers represented here are virtually household names, even if not typically associated with brass band music. John Williams is best known for his movie soundtracks (many of which contain fantastic brass writing) while Hoagy Carmichael was a piano player, singer, composer of popular songs, and occasional actor. Two composers with strong ties to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band are featured; John Philip Sousa served with distinction as Bandmaster prior to forming his own band, and Stephen Bulla served with distinction for thirty years as arranger to the band and chamber orchestra, as well as for numerous White House functions. James Curnow and William Himes have hundreds of instrumental and vocal compositions to their credit and are particularly well-known in both brass and wind band circles as composers, conductors, and educators. They, along with Stephen Bulla, have been involved in brass banding their entire lives. Karl King ranks with Sousa as an important march composer and penned some of the best-known screamers and marches in the repertoire. Fiddle master Jay Ungar is perhaps the composer here who is least associated with brass music, but the brass band arrangement of the tune for which he is best known makes a great addition to the repertoire.

    While this entire recording features American music, we are especially pleased to highlight several items with specific regional ties and particular significance to the Georgia Brass Band. The Williams and Sousa pieces were both composed for major events held in Atlanta roughly a century apart. Decade Celebration was written for the band as our first commissioned work. Aspects of Praise was the test piece for our first contest victory. Georgia On My Mind is, of course, the tune most obviously associated with the band’s home and it permeates our local culture. We’re glad the Georgia Brass Band is on your mind and we appreciate your support of this project. Enjoy!

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  3. First in Flight

    Established in 2014, the North Carolina Brass Band is the newest professional brass band in the United States. Under the direction of Music Director Brian Meixner, the NCBB is providing concert-goers with a great variety of musical styles; including transcriptions of music for orchestra, wind band, choir, and even jazz and pop music, not to mention the wealth of exciting original music written specifically for brass band. "First in Flight" is a diverse collection of these musical styles, accurately representing the concert repertoire of the band. www.ncbrassband.org


  4. Christmas Around the World

    Guaranteed to warm your holiday season, Christmas Around the World features an international collection of Christmas favourites. Recorded in 2012, selections include tunes from the Charlie Brown Christmas special, the Nutcracker ballet, as well as folk tunes from Europe, North, and South America.

  5. Omnium Gatherum

    In preparation for its tour of the United Kingdom in 2011, Brass Band of Central Florida (BBCF) endeavoured to design a series of concerts that would surprise, delight and challenge its audiences while still paying homage to the great British brass band tradition. In so doing, BBCF brought its considerable talents to bear on the widest array of musical styles and genres possible. The result is this recording and its unique title. Indeed, the title also represents what a brass band is at its most basic level. More than any other musical ensemble, a brass band is a unique musical organisation, possessing a miscellaneous collection of people who bring a world of experience and talent to the group from every direction fathomable. What a wonderful foundation from which to make musical art! It is hoped this recording serves to show all the sides and colours this ensemble is capable of while being a truly enjoyable listening experience. No matter what your musical preference, there is something here for everyone.

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  6. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Conducted by Chad Shoopman

  7. A Christmas Festival

    Conducted by Joe Johnson

  8. Celebration

    Fountain City Brass Band was formed in 2002 and celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2007. It was also the year that saw the band rocket to the forefront of American banding with its first contesting victories, claiming victory at the North American Brass Band Association Championships and the US Open Brass Band Championships, with record setting performances at each.

    It was also the year of the band's first tour of the United Kingdom. This saw the band give performances throughout the country, highlighted by its appearance at the All England Masters International Championship and the Whit Friday march contests. For both of these competitions, Fountain City Brass Band was the first American band to ever compete and achieved excellent results.

    While in England, Fountain City Brass Band also had the opportunity to share a concert and subsequent evening with the Bolton Youth Band. For many in Fountain City Brass Band, this was their first chance to hear a truly fantastic youth brass band and that evening was one of the great inspirations that led Fountain City Brass Band to begin work to form its own youth band.

    2007 also saw Fountain City Brass Band record this album although not produced until 2010. All of the music contained on this recording is dear to the band for very special reasons, and all of it in some way played its part in this memorable year. With such a project crowning what was a fantastic year for the band, there could be no more fitting title for this recording to laud the band's many achievements and its high hopes for the future.

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  9. 10th Anniversary

    Conducted by Michael Garasi

  10. Over the Rainbow

    The line from the classic Harold Arlen tune, Over the Rainbow, has indeed proven to be true for the Fountain City Brass Band. After winning both the North American Brass Band Association Championships and the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships three years in a row, the Fountain City Brass Band was fortunate enough to launch a tour that would go down in banding history.

    As winners of the 2008 U.S. Open, the band was invited to compete in the following year's Brass in Concert Championship, as well as to give numerous concerts and youth workshops throughout the United Kingdom, record its second album and be the first American band to compete in the Scottish Open Championship. It was a lengthy trip that saw the band overseas during the American holiday of Thanksgiving which, being away from their homes and families, was spent as comfortably as possible in a castle-turned resort.

    A few days after this, the band's dreams really did come true when the Fountain City Brass Band became the first American band to win a top level brass band competition in the UK with its victory at the Scottish Open. Aptly enough, their choice for this performance was Bertrand Moren's thrilling composition Dreams that also garnered the best soloist prize on the day for one of the founding members of the band, trombonist William Hess.

    Given this remarkable success, that the future seems brighter than ever and that the band itself hails from Kansas, the Fountain City Brass Band has titled this recording Over the Rainbow

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  11. That Holiday Feeling

    18 All-Time Christmas Favourites

  12. Sing Sang Sung

    Conducted by Michael J Garasi

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