Sunday Bandstand 18 June 2017

Sunday Bandstand 18 June 2017

James Gourlay was born in Scotland, where he was 'volunteered' to play in the local school band. Being the tallest in class, his teacher, gave him a tuba saying 'play that'. 
He studied at the Royal College of Music, London, he left to take up a position in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 3 years later, he became principal tuba of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.
It was in that city that he became involved with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He became active in the film industry, performing on the sound tracks of a number of well known films .
After 10 years at the BBC, he went to the solo tubist of the Zurich Opera House Orchestra in Switzerland. It was there that he developed his skills as a conductor, attending master-classes and working with the Brass Band Berner Oberland. Winning the Swiss National Championship 5 times and the Swiss Open Contest 4 times. 
Today, he is the General Director of Pittsburgh's full time band River City Brass, USA.

Enjoy the show

Playlist 18 June 2017

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Battle Abbey - George Allan Wakefield Metropolitan Band MD: Michael Howley  - 2013
East Yorkshire Overture - Gavin Smith  East Yorkshire (Auntie Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding) Brass MD: Robin Tait - 1998
Flashback - Brian Bowen Cornet Soloist Stephen Cobb with the International Staff Band BM: Lt-Col Ray Bowes - 1988
Nine Busy Fingers - David Woods Cornet feature with the Harry Mortimer's All Star Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1958
Song for Lea - James Gourlay Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: James Gourlay - 2008
Ruby Tuesday - Mick Jagger Arr: Alan Catherall Ensemble De Cuivres Valaisan (Switzerland) MD: Christophe Jeanbourquin - 2000
The Last Spring - Edvard Grieg Trs: James Curnow Black Dyke Band MD: James Watson - 1997
Latin Brass - G. Goodwin and P.B.Ruiz  Arr: Joe Laube Trumpet Soloist Hans Gansch and Trombone Soloist Lito Fontana with the Brass Band Obersteirrich (Austria) MD:  Hannes Buchegger - 2010
Deep Space Nine from Star Trek - Dennis McCarthy Arr: Roland Kernen Stocksbridge Band MD: Derek Renshaw  - 1998
Polished Brass - Edrich Siebert  Harry Mortimer's All Star Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1952
Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast and The Fairy Garden from Mother Goose Suite - Ravel Arr: Philip Sparke Howard Snell Brass MD: Howard Snell - 1990
A Troika, Tidy from Euphonium Concerto - Karl Jenkins  Euphonium Soloist David Childs with the Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2010
The Ashokan Farewell - Jay Ungar  Arr: Alan Fernie Langholm Town Band MD: Chris Shanks - 2015
The Italian Western - Ennio Morricone Arr: Andre Weignein  Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Alan Withington - 1997
Marco Spader Overture - Daniel Auber Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007
When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio - Ned Washington & Leigh Harline Arr: Terry Waddell Trombone Soloist Herb Bruce with the (Canada) Canadian Staff Band BM: Brian Burditt - 2005
You'll Never Walk Alone - Rogers & Hammerstein Arr: Howard Snell Sellers Engineering Band MD: Alan Morrison - 1997
Swing Arrangement - Sweetest Name - Martin Cordner  Household Troops Band BM: Major John Mott - 2006
Challenging Brass - Gilbert Vinter  Brass Band Soli Deo Gloria (The Netherlands) MD: Jan de Haan - 2008
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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