Sunday Bandstand 27 June 2021

Sunday Bandstand 27 June 2021

James Hosay (b: 1958) is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, in the US. While growing up in Norfolk, he studied trumpet and music theory in public school and with private instructors. Aged 13 he began writing arrangements for his school band, and wrote his first original composition two years later.

After graduating from high school, he joined the military as a trumpet player, and attended the US Armed Forces School of Music.  He developed his composition and orchestration skills while serving as a music copyist for the US Army Band (Pershing's Own), in Washington, DC, taking advantage of the opportunity to study the techniques used by top quality arrangers.

He has spent most of his life in his adopted state of VirginiaI and spent half of his life dreaming of being a professional composer, and the other half living the dream. Whether he was writing a piece for a junior band or for a full Orchestra, he has the same passion and efforts for all his musical creations and has the same level of enjoyment out of it. He loves ALL styles and genres of music, and this is reflected in the music he writes. You will hear a wide range of influences in all his music.

In 1991, he obtained his current position of Arranger/Composer for the US Army Band, competing against a large field of civilian and military writers. 

On his website James makes this observation - " The human heart beats to a rhythm, the brain sends electronic impulses throughout the body - everything moving in perfect synchronization, like a beautifully performed piece of music. Melody and harmony are reflective of the human spirit - our emotional ups and downs, and our interactions with others. Good music captures both the physical and spiritual essence of our existence. I hope that the music you find here will move your spirit and take you to a peaceful place ".

He writes music for concert band and brass band exclusively for publication by Curnow Music Press.

Fanfare Britannica written by James opens our show this week. As with all pieces of music there is always a back story - The piece was written and published in 2001.

Thanks to James responding to my email enquiry about his composition he says "The sights and sounds of historic London were the inspiration for this regal and stately fanfare-opener. A bold and majestic fanfare leads into an English style processional. Frequent but simple meter changes help make this piece interesting as well as educational". I had taken a trip to London in 1998, and that trip served as the basis for the piece.

Playlist  27 June 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

Fanfare Britannica - James L. Hosay

Williams Fairey Band MD: Philip McCann - 2001  'Images for Brass' - CD - Anglo Records AR002-3 - 2001
Introduction, Elegy and Caprice - Morley Calvert Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1978  '25 Years of the Europeran Brasss Band Champioships' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD156 - 2002
A Royal Son of York - Edward Watson Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 2000  'The Worshipful Company of Musicians Quincentenary Concert' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL207D - 2000
Glasshouse Whispers - Benjamin Tubb  Soprano Soloist Jaime Brown with the Brisbane Excelsior Band (Australia) MD: Howard Taylor - 2017  'Brisbane Excelsior Band 10 Years On Top' - CD -  2017
The Red Shield - Dean Goffin Salvo Brass (Salvation Army Scratch Band) BM: Steve Young - 2004  'Whit Friday Marches' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD177 - 2005
Selection from 'Robin Hood' - Michael Kamen arr. Klaas van der Woude  Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992  'Whirligig' - CD - KK CD9204 - 1992
Canto - Elgar Howarth  Cornet Soloist Håkan Hardenberger (Swedish) with Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Elgar Howarth - 2015  'Mosaic - The Music of Elgar Howarth an 80th Birthday Tribute' - Doyen Recording DOYCD354 - 2015
Fanfare and Reach Out I'll Be -  Holland, Dozier and Holland  BNFL Band MD: Manfred Obrecht - 1994  'BNFL Plays World Hits 2' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD 842 - 1994
Quando Quando - Tony Renis arr. Dennis Armitage  Williams Fairey Band MD: Marc Reift - 2008  'Fairey's Play Pop' - CD - Marcophon LC1374 - CD7030 - 2008
Holiday for Strings - David Rose  arr. Ray Farr CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Howard Snell - 1990  'Flower of Scotland' - CD - Doyen DOY005 - 1990
James Cook - Circumnavigator - Gilbert Vinter  Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2008  'Regional's 2008'- CD - DOYEN DOYCD238 - 2008
Thunder and Lightning Polka - Johann Strauss II arr. Frank Wright Black Dyke Mills MD: James Watson - 1996   'Strauss Festival' - CD - Obrasso Recording - CD859 - 1996
Samum Symphonic Foxtrot - Carl Robrecht Wingates Band MD: Paul Andrews - 2015  'Sounds of the Century' - CD - Harlequin Recording HAR1134 - 2015
The Swan - Camille Saint-Seans arr. Steve Cortland Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2007   'We will Rock You' - De Haske Recordings  BR 2007.035 - 2007
Robin Robin - Liz Lane Euphonium Soloist Steven Mead with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Thornton - 2019  'UFO' - CD - Bocchino CDBOCC129 - 2019
Margam Abbey March - T.J.Powell Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2001  'Bandstand' - CD - 2001
Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens arr. Major David Barringer The British Army Brass Band MD: Major David Barringer - 2010  'Top Brass' - MHP Recordings: MHP 208 - 2008
Hometown Miniatures - Drew Fennell River City Brass Band (USA) MD: Denis Colwell - 2002  'Polished Brass' - CD - Summit Records DCD342 - 2002
New York Snapshots - Wonderful Town - Peter Graham New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2005  'New York Snapshots' - CD - Summit Records CD1014 - 2005
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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