Sunday Bandstand 15 April 2018

Sunday Bandstand 15 April 2018

Don Lusher OBE (6.11.1923 – 5.7.2006) was an English jazz and big band trombonist best known for his association with the Ted Heath Big Band. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he played trombone with a number of jazz orchestras and bands and was twice President of the British Trombone Society

He was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and started playing the trombone aged six years old in his local Salvation Army band, the third generation of his family to do so. When World War II broke out he served as a gunner signaller in the Royal Artillery, after being demobbed he became a professional musician playing with the bands of Joe Daniels, Lou Preager, Maurice Winnick, the Squadronaires, Jack Parnell and lastly, the Ted Heath Big Band.

He spent nine years as lead trombone with Ted Heath's Orchestra and toured the United States several times. Ted Heath died in the late 1960s and after several attempts to revive the band, Don took over the leadership in 1976 at the request of Ted Heath's widow, Moira. He then lead the band until December 2000, when there was a sell out final concert at the Royal Festival Hall. He also led the trombone section during many of Frank Sinatra's European tours.

He formed his own ensemble, the Don Lusher Big Band. He also performed with the Manhattan Sound Big Band, with Alexis Korner and various session musicians in the big band-rock fusion group CCS, and was a member of the Best of British Jazz group from the 1970s onwards.

He spent some years as a Professor of the Royal College of Music before becoming Professor of Trombone at the Royal Marines School of Music, Portsmouth in 1997, a post he retired from in 2004.

In 2001 he recorded an album on the Decca label featuring Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, John Chilton and the Feetwarmers, John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton, and George Melly. It was entitled British Jazz Legends Together.

In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman of the City of London, and in 2002, he also received an OBE for services to the music industry.

He was a regular guest soloist with brass bands and his composition Concert Variations a firm with favourite with brass band trombonists is featured on this week's show played by Nicholas Hudson.

Playlist 15 April 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Summit March - Frank Seymour arr: Edrich Siebert  CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1968
A Caledonian Journey - Alan Fernie  Test Valley Brass MD: Steve Large (4th Section Harrogate Conference Centre) - 1998
Skylines - I. Manhattan II. Chicago  III. Boston - David Uber Trns: John Harpin  Bass Trombone Soloist Douglas Yeo with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1996
Alicante -  Ricardo Sylvio arr:  Frederick Charrosin  Hanwell Brass Band MD: Eric Bravington - 1971
Soldiers of Christ - George Marshall  Household Troops Band BM: Major John Mott - 2004
Glorious Ventures - Peter Graham arr: Andrew Blyth Cornet Soloist David Daws with the Enfield Citadel Band of the Salvation Army BM: James Williams  - 1995
James Cook - Circumnavigator - Gilbert Vinter  Williams Fairey Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1993
Mack and Mabel - Jerry Herman arr: Keith Wilkinson The All-Star Girls of Brass MD: Nicholas Childs - 2000
When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Edrich Siebert  Harry Mortimer's All-Star Brass MD: Harry Mortimer - 1963
Prelude and Capriccio - Edward Gregson Cornet Soloist Brian Grant with the GUS (Footwear) Band /Rigid Container Band MD: Keith Wilkinson - 1982
La Boda De Luis Alonso - Intermezzo  - Gerónimo Giménez arr: Eric Crees Desford Colliery (Matsuura Machinery plc) MD: Eric Crees - 1997
Forest Of Dean Op126  - Derek Bourgeois Stocksbridge Band MD: Kevin Bolton - 1994
Sound An Alarm arr: Warren R. Belshaw Christie-Tyler Cory Band with the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir MD: Denzil Stephens - 1992
Finlandia - Jean Sibelius  CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1969
Concert Variations - Don Lusher  Trombone Soloist Nicholas Hudson with the Rochdale Band GMD: Richard Evans - 1990
Wine Women and Song Op 333 - Johann Strauss ll   GUS Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1972
Daughter of the Regiment Overture - Donizetti arr: Gordon Langford Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Derek Ashmore - 1972
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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