Sunday Bandstand 19 March 2017

Sunday Bandstand 19 March 2017

   Stephen Bulla began his musical instruction at age six, growing up in a musical household, his father played tuba and mother played piano. He eventually graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone and Composition/Arranging.

   In 1980 he successfully auditioned for the position of Staff Arranger to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next 30 years he provided musical scores for the White House beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.

   Working alongside film score legend John Williams he has transcribed music from many of his most famous film sound tracks. His commissioned concert works are performed and recorded internationally. The Dutch, British, Swiss and New Zealand Brass Band Championship organizations have all commissioned test pieces.

   We have two of his compositions on this week's show - Enjoy...

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Sousa on Parade - John Philip Sousa Arr: Palmer - For brass bands Denis Wright Onslow Brass Band (New Zealand) MD: Norman Goffin - 1969
Three Haworth Impressions - 1) Top Withens 2) Three Bells 3) The Worth Valley Railway - Gordon Langford Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1981
The Man I Love - George Gershwin Arr: Howard Snell  Baritone Soloist Anne Murphy with the CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Howard Snell - 1990
Going Home from Local Hero - Mark Knopfler  Canny Brass (Switzerland) MD: Stefan Marki - 2014
The Bridal Rose Overture  - Calixa Lavelle Arr: Howard Cable Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: Howard Cable - 1996
Spirit of Celebration - Kenneth Downie  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 1999
The Headless Horseman - Ron Goodwin Fairey Band MD: Kenneth Dennison - 1973
A Welsh Medley - Arr: David E. Jones Brass Band De Waldsang  (The Netherlands) MD: Reeks van der Velde - 2011
Wisbech Citadel - Albert Gay  Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army BM: Howard J. Evans - 2004
Entry Of The Gods Into Valhalla - Richard Wagner Arr: Howard Snell Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2017
Roller Coaster - Stephen Bulla  Chicago Brass Band (USA) MD: Dr. Colin Holman - 2013
The Flying Slide - Ethan Thompson (aka Bertrand Moren)  Trombone Soloist Bertrand Moren with the Brass Band 13 Etoiles (Switzerland) MD:  Géo-Pierre Moren - 2005
Pastorale - Goff Richards  Broughton Brass Band MD: Richard Evans - 2005 
ARC Centennial March - Stephen Bulla Ferryhill Town Band MD: Richard Evans  - 2005 
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Frederick Loewe Arr Johnny Richards Trs Mark Freeh GUS Band MD: John Berryman - 1986
King of Heaven - Kenneth Downie  International Staff Band BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2011
Lowry Sketchbook - 1st mvt City Scape - Philip Wilby  Brighouse & Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 1997
Finale from 'New World' Symphony - Dvořák Arr:  Ray Steadman-Allen Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army (The Netherlands) BM: Howard Evans - 2002
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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