Our band has two contests coming up in the next month or so; the NEMBBA contest (North East Midlands Brass Band Association) and the Midlands Regional contest in Bedworth. We will be playing this cracking piece of music by Philip Sparke – The Land Of The Long White Cloud.
Philip is one of the brass banding world’s best known composers, and this one from 1979 is an old favourite. It has some great tunes, some lovely quiet moments, but plenty of ooomph. It’s quite a test of our band’s abilities, but we are all enjoying rehearsing it. My lip certainly knows it’s had a good workout after tonight’s rehearsal.
It will certainly sort out the bands on the day. Looking forward to it.
Here’s a good version by Brassband Scaldis: