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Don't let this Escape you

Posted by Martin Cordner on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : cd recordings 



Since receiving the latest ASB CD Escape Velocity on Friday I've listened to it a few times over the weekend and here are my first impressions. I must acknowledge though that I'm only in possession of the CD because they sent me a free one (though of course I would have bought one!) I'm very grateful - thanks guys.
 
First off congratulations to the band on what I am sure will be a very popular CD. They have done a great job with all the pieces in the varied and demanding track list. The sleeve...

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New ASB recording: Artwork released

Posted by Martin Cordner on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : cd recordings 

 

Today Mon 18 Feb has seen the Amsterdam Staff Band release the artwork for their forthcoming recording Escape Velocity. I hinted at this ingenious work in my blog post here.  Credit goes to Nathan Sudmeier for the crazy design that brings a smile to one's face. I believe the theme is carried through the pages of the accompanying CD insert too. The CD features my piece Escape Velocity and that gives a particularly warm sense of privilege.

Congratulations to the band. I'm sure brass enthusiasts...

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Netherlands - Day 3

Posted by Martin Cordner on Thursday, January 31, 2013, In : events & engagements 

Saturday 24 January - the busy day!

The day began with breakfast and then we moved into session 1. The ASB took time to rehearse for the forthcoming evening concert and there delegates divided up for sectional rehearsals. I was able to do some work with the cornet players. We looked at Stephen Bulla's Lift up your voice but most of the time was given to Ken Downie's tour de force Music of Thanksgiving.  Originally written for London Citadel Band, Canada, this piece is a fifteen minute workout ...

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Netherlands Brass Weekend

Posted by Martin Cordner on Monday, January 14, 2013, In : events & engagements 



Leanne and I are really looking forward to joining colleague Salvationists in the Netherlands next week for the first annual Brass Weekend over 25-27 January.  

The weekend is an exciting new event and it's a real honour for us to be part of it. Among our responsibilities will be workshops, sectional rehearsals and opportunity to spend time with the Amsterdam Staff Band. 


I'll try and keep you posted on twitter, and in due course will post a short article on this site.


 

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Staff Bands playing Escape Velocity

Posted by Martin Cordner on Friday, June 8, 2012, In : performances 


photo: Lily Finikin
  

Escape Velocity was commissioned by the Amsterdam Staff Band early in 2011. With the permission of B/M Olaf Ritman I took it to Camp Ladore last summer, and since then the ISB and now NYSB have brought it into their repertoire. The picture above shows the NYSB rehearsing the piece on the impressive stage of the USA Eastern Territory's annual Commissioning celebration 9/10 June 2012. It's a thrill to know that B/M Waiksnoris has chosen to play the piece.

A few bands have be...

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Catching up

Posted by Martin Cordner on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : performances 
That's us home from a fantastic USA trip that took us to Manhattan, the Salvation Army's Camp Ladore near Waymart PA, Alexandria VA, Washington DC and the Army's Star Lake Camp near Bloomingdale NJ.

I'm just posting this to let you know I will be uploading Ladore Band's rendition of 'Escape Velocity' within the next few hours - probably to YouTube where it will be available to view for a few days.  I know some of you will be interested to hear this, not least Olaf and the ASB guys, plus the La...
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