Sunday Bandstand 17 May 2020

Sunday Bandstand 17 May 2020

Gordon Ward, for 33 years was a member of the New York Staff Band and served over 20 of those years as principal cornet

He first started playing the cornet around the age of seven, and until he went to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, his father was his only teacher.

He did have a great Young Person (YP), Band, to play in growing up at Hull East and later at Stockport Citadel, while studying in Manchester. He found this as a solid grounding in Salvation Army junior and senior banding.

Moving to New York was a huge undertaking and his membership of the New York Staff Band (NYSB) specifically. Having Derek Smith as Bandmaster and aware of his reputation as a cornet player was immense. Before becoming principal cornet in the band, Gordon spent several happy years on soprano cornet.

Looking back over his long career Gordon reflects that sitting in the principal cornet position, or ‘hot seat’, as it’s often referred to, in a band is very different to sitting anywhere else in the section. Not only is solo playing important but leading a section of some four or five individual front row players creates challenges. It is not always easy for players who have their own individual sound and style to be able to blend and work as a team.

In 2007 he brought out a CD with the NYSB accompanying him. A track from the CD titled ‘Forward’ is featured in this week’s – Peter Graham’s Swedish Hymn. A piece that many listeners will be familiar with.

Playlist  17 May 2020 

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
Concert March 1941 - John Williams arr: Steve Sykes Brassband De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands)  MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2001  'Facets of Glass' CD - www.debazuinoenkerk.nl - 2001
Benvenuto Cellini - Hector Berlioz arr: Frank Wright Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1971  'The Black Dyke Mills Band ‎– World Champion Brass' - Vinyl - Pye Golden Guinea Records ‎– GSGL 10477 - 1971
Win the World - Paul Sharman Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Australia) BM: Ken Waterworth - 2019  'Rise' - CD - MSBCD51 - 2019
Caprice - Ray Woodfield  Euphonium Soloist Graham McEvoy with the Williams Fairey Band MD: Alan Lawton - 1994  'Procession to the Minister' CD - Grasmere Recording GRCD42 - 1994
Vienna Marches - Ronald Hanmer GUS (Footwear) Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1973  'Morning, Noon and Night' - Vinyl - Studio 2 Stereo - 1973
April in Paris - Harborg and Duke arr: Mark Freeh Flugel Soloist Della Pearce with the Ransome NSK-RHP Band MD: Brian Grant - 1997  'Private Collection' - 1997
And All That Jazz - John Kander and Fred Ebb arr: Frank Bernaerts Woodfalls  Band MD: David Barringer - 2005   'On Track' - CD - Amadeus Doyen Recording AMSCD087 - 2005
Country Roads - John Denver and Hermes House Band arr: Johny Ocean Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2002  'Sparkling Brass' - CD - Bernaerts Recording BR 2002-023 - 2002
Pocahontas - Selection - Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz arr: André Waignein & Wiebe Buis Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Jan de Haan -  2003  'Soli Film Hits' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR 03-040-3 - 2003
Saturday Market - Overture - Anthony Hedges  GUS (Footwear) Band MD: John Berryman - 1982  'Star Brass' -Audio Cassette TTC#005 - 1982
Raby - March - George Allan Ransome Hoffman & Pollard Works Band MD: Dennis Masters - 1971  'Rolling Brass' - Vinyl - Marble Arch Records ‎– Marble Arch Records MALS1418 - 1971
Themes from Beethoven's 5th Symphony - Beethoven arr: Denis Wright Manchester (CWS) Band MD:  Alex Mortimer - 1969  'Alex Mortimer Conducts Manchester (CWS) Band' - Vinyl - Fontana ‎– STL5480 - 1969
Fantasy on Sempre Libera (La Traviata)  - Giuseppe Verdi arr: Peter Graham Euphonium Soloist David Thornton with the Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2008  'Epic Brass 2' - DVD - WOB 132 - 2008 
Ovation - Martin Ellerby  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
Galop from Cheryomushki - Dimitri Shostakovich arr: Gary Westwood Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: Philip McCann - 2009  'A Festival of Music' - CD - MF Records CD13035 - 2009
The Water Margin (the theme tune to the TV programme) - Mashru Satu  Leyland Band MD: Richard Evans - 1980  'Contrasts in Brass' - Double Vinyl - Chandos Label BBR 1008(S) - 1980
Cadillac of the Silver Screen 2nd mvt from the “Phenomena” Suite - Jacob Vilhelm Larsen Ensemble De Cuivres Melodia (Switzerland) MD: Vincent Baroni - 2016  'First Italian Contest for Brass Band' - CD -  Fm Records - 2016
Symphonic Concert March - arr: William Himes Gothenburg Brass Band (Sweden) MD: Bengt Eklund - 1989
 'World Champions - CD - Intim Musik ‎– IMCD 4 - 1989
Swedish Hymn - Peter Graham Cornet Soloist Gordon Ward with the New York Staff Band (USA) BM Ron Waiksnoris - 2007  'Forward' - CD - New York Staff Band - 2007
La Bamba - arr: Ray Woodfield  James Shepherd Versatile Brass MD: Ray Woodfield - 1976  'National Brass Band Festival Concert Royal Albert Hall 1976' - Vinyl - RCA ‎– LSA 3285 - 1976
Mumbo Jumbo - Barrie Gott Brisbane City Temple Band of the Salvation Army (Australia) BM: Barrie Gott - 2002  'Swingtime' - CD - B&H Sound Service BCTB2002 - 2002
E T:- The main theme - John Williams  Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 2002  'Brass Cinema 3' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD861 - 2002
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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