Yearly Archives: 2017

Cornet Solo: Blessings!

A major new cornet solo with full brass band accompaniment, originally written for Gordon Ward and the New York Staff Band.  Read more

Canadian Staff Band Pickering Weekend

Marcus Venables plays his own composition “Beyond All Measure” with the Canadian Staff Band

On the weekend of 1 – 2 April 2017, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) had the opportunity to fellowship and minister with two different yet similar congregations in Pickering, Ontario. At both St. Paul’s on-the-hill Anglican Church and the Salvation Army Hope Community Church, the Staff Band experienced a warm reception from wonderful people.  Read more

Introducing the Small Brass Band Series

While traveling with the National Capital Band in April 2017, the Brass Crest webmaster was privileged to meet Bandmaster Ken Collins (Albany, Oregon). Bandmaster Collins has begun a new initiative for small brass bands, making arrangements that can be played by as few as four players. The Brass Crest is pleased to be able to make these pieces available as free downloads in PDF format by special arrangement with Bandmaster Collins.  Read more

Amsterdam Staff Band April Weekend

Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman), April 2017

The Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) spent its April ministry weekend in various towns, including Leiden, Vlaardingen, and Rijnsburg. The band performed an outdoor concert, an evening festival, and split into three ensembles to participate in Sunday worship at the Gouda, Maassluis, and Leiden corps.  Read more

God and Country Weekend 2017

New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) at the God and Country Concert, Columbus, Ohio, 2017

On Friday, 31 March 2017, the New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) headed to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in this year’s God and Country Concert held at the Church at Mill Run, in conjunction with the Brass Band of Columbus (Musical Director Brian Stevens).  Read more

Fusion at Regent Hall

International Staff Band (Bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb) at Regent Hall, March 2017

The title of the program at Regent Hall Corps on 25 March 2017 was Fusion, one of many hints that the International Staff Band (Bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb) would be seen as never before. But no one could have been prepared for the wealth of music – traditional and contemporary, brass and vocal, played by musicians young and old.  Read more

Tovey Leads Open Rehearsal

Bramwell Tovey conducts an open rehearsal of the Chicago Staff Band

On Thursday, 23 March 2017, the Metropolitan Division Music and Arts Department, in conjunction with the USA Central Territorial Music and Gospel Arts Department hosted an open rehearsal with the Chicago Staff Band (Bandmaster Dr. Harold Burgmayer) led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey.  Read more

Future All-Stars 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017, brought together 66 enthusiastic brass and percussion players, 30 members of the New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance), two incredible guests, two support staff, and three pastoral officers gathered at Star Lake Lodge in Bloomingale, New Jersey, for the 2017 Future All-Stars weekend. This year’s special guests were James and Thomas Fountain, two young cornet/trumpet soloists with British brass band and Salvation Army background.  Read more

Phase 1 of the Two-Part Hymn Series Complete

The first phase of the Brass Crest Two-Part Hymn Series is complete with the release of the last twenty tunes, bringing the total number of tunes available to 120. These simple 2-part arrangements are free to download and use.  Read more

23rd Annual Concert in West Wickham

Darrell Scholes

The South London Fellowship Band (Musical Director Darrell Scholes) commenced its 23rd annual visit to Emmanuel United Reform Church, West Wickham on 17 March 2017 with My God and King, Paul Sharman’s prelude on the hymn tune “Luckington”, originally composed for the International Staff Band’s 120th anniversary celebration. This was one of several “first performances” for the Fellowship Band that evening.  Read more