Sunday Bandstand 25 February 2024

Sunday Bandstand 25 February 2024

John Clifford Heed (1862–1908) was an American composer and musician. Born during the American Civil War, in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Heed was a skilled cornetist, pianist, violinist and bandmaster who began his musical career in his hometown band, the Hackettstown Cornet Band. He soon became the leader of this band and quickly learned the intricacies of harmony and counterpoint.

After the Hackettstown Cornet Band he joined Voss's First Regiment Band of the National Guard, in Newark, New Jersey and eventually joined John Philip Sousa's band as a soloist and arranger. Known as the "March Wizard," Heed composed more than 60 marches.

His best-known marches are "Regimental Pride", "Metronome Prize", "Clipper", "The Rouser", and "General Miles", but it is perhaps "In Storm and Sunshine" that still remains his most popular, a favourite performed regularly by military bands worldwide. In addition, he also composed numerous orchestral works such as polkas and waltzes, plus several solo works for cornet and piano.

"In Storm and Sunshine" was one of his earliest works and is written in the style of a vibrant circus march. According to local legend in his New Jersey hometown, it is claimed that Heed actually wrote "The Stars and Stripes Forever" for Sousa. This slightly dubious anecdote is corroborated in the J. Harold Nunn's book entitled "The Story of Hackettstown, New Jersey from 1754 to 1955" in a section of the book entitled "Hackettstown's Early Musicians."

We are featuring "In Storm and Sunshine" march on this week's show played by the Leyland Band. Please note that on the CD there is a typo error where the name is shown as Head when in fact it should be John Clifford Heed.

Playlist 25 February 2024


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 Elephant March - J.Ord Hume Cwmaman Institute Silver Band MD: Graham O'Connor - 2001  'Cwmaman Institute Silver Band 125th Anniversary' - CD - Mobile Recording Services MR90924- 2001  
James Cook - Circumnavigator - Gilbert Vinter  Williams Fairey Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1993  ' Spectrum The Music of Gilbert Vinter Vol.1' - CD - Polyphonic QPRL 058D - 1993  
Centennial Salute - Philip Sparke Cory Band MD: Dr Robert Childs - 2010  'The Brass Band Music Of Philip Sparke - A Tale As Yet Untold' - CD - Anglo Records – AR 024-3 - 2010  
The World is Not Enough - The James Bond movie title track 1999  - David Arnold arr. Klaus van der Woude Oberaarguaer Band (Switzerland) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2000  'Oberaagauer Brass Band and Friends' - CD - Obrasso Records - CD872 - 2000  
Can You Feel the Love Tonight  from the The Lion King - Elton John & Bernie Taupin  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 1995  'Elton John in Concert' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD846 - 1995  
Batman Movie Theme - Danny Elfmann arr. Alan Catherall Hawthorn Band (Australia) MD: Ken MacDonald - 1994  'Colonial Brass' - CD -   Walsingham Classics WAL 9000-2 - 1994  
Speak Softly Love from the Godfather - Nino Rota arr. Alan Fernie Brass Band Oberaargauer (Switzerland) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2005  'Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Black Diamonds' - Vinyl - 1967  
Symphonic Suite from Mary Poppins arr. Andrew Duncan Longridge Band MD: Mark Peacock - 2012  'Pass Time With Longridge Band' - CD - 2012  
Nibelungen March - Wagner arr. Howard Lorriman Houston Band (USA) MD: Robert Walp - 2023  'German Impressions' - CD - 2023  
Legacy - Tom Davoren East of England Co-op Band MD: Nigel Cooper - 2022  'Legacy' - CD - World of Sound 166 - 2022  
April in Paris  - Duke and Harburg arr. Mark Freeh Flugel Soloist Darren Harris with the Rigid Containers Group Band MD: John Berryman - 1996  'Around the World in Eighty Minutes' - CD - Harlequin Recording HAR1128 - 1996  
Zulu - The Battle of Rork's Drift - John Barry & Sir Edward German arr.  Roger Thorne Greater Gwent Youth Band MD: Philip Harper - 2009  'Kingdom of Dragons' - CD - Egon – SFZ 149 - 2010  
On With the Motley - Leoncavallo  arr. Ray Farr Soprano Soloist Peter Roberts with the Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 2012  'Soprano Legends - (Compilation)' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY298 - 2012  
Indian Summer - Victor Herbert arr. Bill Geldard River City Brass Band (USA) MD: Robert Bernat - 1993  'Pittsburgh On Parade' - CD - 1993    
Ballet Music - Robert Le Diable - Giacomo Meyerbeer  arr. Moreton Massed bands of Leyland DAF, Sun Life and Britannia Building Society MD: Harry Mortimer - 1991  'Master Brass Vol 2 All England Masters Championships' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 048D - 1991  
Lord Bless you and Keep you - John Rutter arr. Andrew Wainwright Wellington Brass Band (New Zealand) MD: David Bremner  'From the arranger Andrew Wainwright'  
A Fistful of Dollars - Ennio Morricone  arr. Robin Dewhirst Foden's Band MD: Allan Withington - 2010  'Highlights from the 2010 National Brass Band Championships' - CD - DOY CD279 - 2010  
In Storm and Sunshine - John Clifford Heed arr. Gary Westwood Leyland Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2016  'Pals on Parade - Centenary of the Somme - KMJ Recoirding - 2016  
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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