Sunday Bandstand 26 May 2019

Sunday Bandstand 26 May 2019

Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson moved to the United States with his wife, Audrey, and daughters, Debbie and Katie, in 1996.  He has been delighted to play an integral part in the development of Brass Band of The Western Reserve from its origins to the high standards it displays now.

Prior to his move Keith enjoyed long and successful periods as music director of leading championship bands in England, the GUS Band and William Davis Band.  He was also in demand to travel, around Europe as well as in Britain, as a guest conductor and adjudicator.  Among these appearances he was principal guest conductor of Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and Brass Band Fribourg (Switzerland).  

Since arriving in USA, he has been delighted to appear as a guest with several bands in USA and Canada and was, for a while, principal guest conductor of St Louis Brass Band, being crowned champions of the Honours Division of the North American Brass Band Championships in 2001.

Keith has been an adjudicator at the North American Brass Band Championships in both 2017 and 2018. The last couple of years have also seen him traveling across the Atlantic to conduct Helston Town Band (Cornwall), Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and the William Davis Band for a special charity performance.  Regarding his appearances with Newtongrange one commentator wrote “a welcome return to the UK of a conductor of proven 24 carat class “.  (Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com.)  Keith was also privileged to be featured in a full-length article in the international magazine, The Brass Herald, in October 2017.   

In March 2008, Keith was presented the God and Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for “his outstanding contributions to brass banding in USA, Britain and Europe”.

Keith tried his hand at brass band orchestration while still in high school and this aspect of banding has continued to hold his attention.  He has more than 100 published arrangements with publishers in Britain, Switzerland and USA.  Some of his arrangements have been used as test pieces at major championships.  In order to make his arrangements available more rapidly he has formed his own publishing company, Alum Creek Music (www.alumcreekmusic.com)

Dr. Wilkinson is featured on this week's show both as a conductor and and an arranger with a performance in 1983.

(Courtesy of Dr. Wilkinson's website)

Playlist 26 May 2019 

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
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - John Williams arr: Ray Farr Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2019  'Summon the Heroes ' - CD - SP&S DOY CD390 - 2019
Overture Richard III - Edward German arr: Alexander Owen Besses O'th Barn Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1980  'Around The World with The Besses' - Double CD -Chandos Recording  CHAM 6571 / 72 - 1980
The Last Spring - Edvard Grieg transcr: James Curnow  Black Dyke Band MD: James Watson - 1997  'Fanfares, Preludes and Themes' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR3.026-3 - 1997
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael arr: Bill Geldard Trombone Soloist Don Lusher with the Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1993  'Just Good Friends' - CD - Doyen DOY020 - CD - 1993
Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Rodgers and Hammerstein arr: Philip Harper Vocalist James Morley with the  Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2019  'Musical Volume 2' - CD - SP&S 426CD - 2019
Kings Messenger - George Lloyd Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Howard Snell - 1995  'Kings Messenger' - Doyen recording DOY CD047 - 1995
Eternal Source of Light Divine - Jonathan Bates Euphonium Soloist Gary Curtin with the Fodens Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2019  'Trials and Triumphs' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD391 - 2019
Evening Hymn - Ray Steadman-Allen New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2015   'Fighting for the Lord' - CD - World of Brass Catalogue Number: TRCD 1103 - 2015
Roman Intrada - Bertrand Moren La Concordia Vertroz Band (Switzerland) MD: Bertrand Moren - 2018  'Ave Troz' - CD - 2018
Salome March - William Rimmer Massed bands of Yorkshire Building Society and Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band GMD: Elgar Howarth - 2000  'The Worshipful Company of Musicians Quincentenary Concert' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL207D - 2000
Ballet Music from William Tell - Rossini arr: Denis Wright CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1969  'Concert Choice' -  Vinyl - Fontana ‎– STL5480 - 1969
One Fine Day from Madam Butterfly - Puccini arr: Keith Wilkinson Cornet Soloist Brian Grant with the GUS (Footwear) Band MD:  Keith Wilkinson - 1983  'Celebration - Golden Jubilee' - Vinyl - Chandos ‎– BBRD 1019 - 1983
The Merry Wives of Windsor - Otto Nicolai arr: George Hawkins Black Dyke Mills Band MD:  Geoffrey Brand - 1968  'Black Dyke Mills Band ‎– The Champions' - Vinyl - Pye Golden Guinea Records ‎– GSGL 10410 - 1968
Capriccio - Philip Sparke Soprano Soloist Michelle Ibbotson with the Rothwell Band MD: Simon Wood - 1998  'Cabaret' - CD - Belburn Music BELB002 - 1998 
It Ain't Necessarily So - George Gershwin arr: Alan Fernie Brass Band Oberaargauer (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2000  'Brass Band Brass Band Oberaargauer and Friends' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD872 - 2000
Summertime - George Gershwin arr: Howard Snell  Trumpet Soloist Paul Muff with the Brass Band Oberaargauer (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2000  'Brass Band Brass Band Oberaargauer and Friends' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD872 - 2000
I'm On My Way - George Gershwin arr: Alan Fernie  Brass Band Oberaargauer MD: (Austria) Manfred Obrecht - 2000  'Brass Band Brass Band Oberaargauer and Friends' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD872 - 2000
The Pride of the Wolverines - John Philip Sousa JJB Sports Leyland Band MD: Richard Evans - 1999  'American Salute' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD079 - 1999
The Big Country - Jerome Moross Brighouse and Rastrick MD: David Hirst (On original recording)  'The Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band ‎– Best Of Brass' - CD - Crimson Productions ‎– CRIMCD71 - 1997 (Compilation CD)
The Final Voyage - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2017  'Through the Flames - The Music of Paul Lovatt-Cooper Vol.III' - CD - Chandos Classical Doyen Recording DOY372 - 2017
Royal Australian Navy - Alexander Lithgow  Besses O'th Barn Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1980  'Around The World with The Besses' - Double CD -Chandos Recording  CHAM 6571 / 72 - 1980
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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