Sunday Bandstand 25 April 2021

Sunday Bandstand 25 April 2021

Clay Smith was born in 1878 in Greencastle, Indiana. His first documented musical activity involved playing E-flat cornet solos for exhibits at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. At some point he became proficient on the saxophone and trombone, which seems to have been his primary instrument for most of his career. His teachers included Alfred F. Weldon, Gardell Simons, and Hale A. VanderCook. He performed with several famous bands, such as the bands of Hi Henry’s Minstrels, Wallace Brothers Circus, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and the Ringling Brothers Circus. He was also featured trombone soloist at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair with Phinney’s Band.

With Guy E. Holmes, Smith formed the Apollo Concert Company, which toured on a vaudeville circuit. About 1914, he organised the Smith, Spring, and Holmes Concert Company, which made several recordings and toured Chautauqua and Lyceum circuits. Smith and Holmes collaborated on many compositions and arrangements for various instruments.

From all accounts, Smith was an accomplished and virtuoso trombone soloist. Many of his works reflect a need for technical and lyrical proficiency. Unlike Arthur Pryor, Leo Zimmerman, and other contemporaries who “headlined” as soloists with the major touring concert bands of the day, Smith spent most of his career on the Chautauqua and theatre circuits. It would appear that Chicago served as his home for at least the latter part of his life. He died there in 1930.

We are featuring his composition Castles in the Air on this show.

Playlist  25 April 2021 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
The Pioneers - Erik Leidzen The Household Troops Band BM: Carl Saunders - 2015  'Follow the Flag' - CD - SP&S CD350 - 2015
Oberon Overture - Carl Maria von Weber arr. Howard Lorriman  Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007  'Fantastic Overtures Vol. 2' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD927 - 2007
Round-Up - Martin Cordner  Amsterdam Staff Band (The Netherlands) BM: Olaf Ritman - 2011  'Rendezous in Brass' - CD - World of Sound WOS 031 - 2011
Castles in the Air - Clay Smith  Cornet Soloist Tom Paulin with pianist Danielle Salamon - 1982  'Cornet Solos' - Vinyl - 1982
Home of Legends - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2011  ' The Nationals 2011' - CD -  
Re-Entry and Splashdown from the film Apollo 13 - James Horner  Oberaargauer Brass Band (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2006  'The Great Film Heroes' - CD - Obrasso Recording - CD 917 - 2006
Australis - Derick Kane  Euphonium Soloist Derick Kane with the International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2015  'The Adventurers' CD - SP&S Label - 2015
The Fairground - David Houghton Drighlington Band MD: Shane Foster - 2006  'The Champions' - CD - 2006
Allerseelen Op10 No. 8 - Richard Strauss arr. Herbert Ebenbichler.  Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2002  'Toccata' - CD - 2002
The Grand Old Duke - arr: Alan Fernie  Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Gavin Lindsay - 2007  'Our Town' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD921 - 2007
William Tell Overture - Gioachino Rossini arr: Gregor Grant Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1983  'Black Dyke Plays Rossini' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN 4505 - 1983
Alloway Tales - Peter Graham  Narrator James Gillies with the Yorkshire Building Society MD: David King - 1997  'Cry of the Celts' - CD - Polyphoinic Recording QPRL 091D - 1997
Across the Ocean - Pimpanit Karoonyavanich  Tenor Horn Soloist Tim de Maeseneer with the Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2021

The Birth of Time Echoes'  - CD - 2021 -

Vrijheildsgeest (Spirit of Freedom 1935) - August De Boeck Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium) MD: Luc Vertommen - 2005  'Portrait of August De Boeck 1865 - 1937' - CD - -World Wind Music – WWM 500.111 - 2005
A Yorkshire Fantasy - Goff Richards Hepworth Band MD: Mark Peacock - 2014  'Yorkshire Heritage' - CD - Manrochem Recording - 2014
Aubade - Kevin Norbury  Box Hill Citadel Band (Australia) BM: Craig Downes - 2009  'A Fanfare of Praise Bands of the Australia Southern Territory' - CD - De Haske Recording Co - 2009 
La parlera - Traditional arr. Hardy Schneiders and Corsin Tuor Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Corsin Tuor - 2006  'Perlas Rumantschas' - CD -  Gabriel Recording - 2006 
Travelling Along - Chris Mallet  Euphonium Soloist Tony Scannell withe Hendon Band of thr Salvation Army BM: David Rudd - 2010   'Cristo Redentor' - CD - SP&S CD257 - 2010
Marching to Glory - Stephen Bulla  Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann - 2003  'American Landscapes' - CD - SP&S Recording DOY CD158 - 2003
Ravenswood - William Rimmer  United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band MD: John Roberts - 2004   'Futures' - CD - Amadeus Recording  AMSCD079 - 2004 
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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