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“The 2015 Centenary of ANZAC
Australian National Band Competitions”

Open C Grade Brass Test:

“THE VALIANT”

$150.00 AUD


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Composer’s Personal Notes:

It was an honour to compose this piece for the 2015 Australian National Band Championships. As an American citizen moving to Australia (2003) and becoming and Australian citizen (2005), my desire was to compose a piece that showed knowledge of the ANZAC beginning and represent the ANZAC spirit in a way that showed my great respect for those who have given their lives for us so we can live within the freedoms we hold so dear.

War is not a great subject for discussion for many. Yet for me, there has always been a very deep respect and thankful heart to those who served: allowing me the freedom to choose my own way and follow my own dreams and passions in life. My father was awarded the Purple Heart in WWII and two uncles served as well. Close friends of mine served in Vietnam, regardless how anyone felt about the war, many came back different, disoriented and broken for evermore. Some survived the emotional, physical and psychological traumas to continue their lives in positive ways. In some way, I have tried to match those feelings of the human experience, regardless of country origin, because I firmly believe they are pretty much the same.

In my research about the outbreak of war and, in this case, Gallipoli, I found some similarities of human response that this composition is based on.

Firstly, there was a great excitement about going to war. Secondly, was actually being in the conflict and the devastation of human life, then end of the battle. Lastly, the coming home of the ANZAC’s and the welcome home: the exhilaration of having them home amongst the devastation of the soldier’s personal life and coping with the homecoming and their future life at home.

Composition and performance notes are part of the score ordered.



Concert Pieces


Life Of A Dream

Concerto for Euphonium with Brass Band Accompaniment

$150.00 AUD

Listen to an extract of Michael Howley’s performance

This was originally written for one of my lifelong friends, Jim Sloan, as a piece to perform on his final recital in order to obtain his university degree in music. The Three Movements are entitled 1) Ignorant Intelligence 2) Weary Contentment and 3) Cosmic Culmination. Though the titles are a bit on the humorous side, a bit of inner thought and imagination could bring them to a more serious conclusion. However, the piece sat for many years until Michael Howley, then of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band in U.K., visited Adelaide to play with the K&N Band at the National Comps (2006). He asked if I would composed a piece for his first solo album. I sent him this piece and told him that if he didn’t like it, I would write him a new one. If he did like it, I would score it for Brass Band accompaniment. He liked it and thusly recorded it in 2008 (with the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band) as his main piece on his album “The Life of a Dream”, which I thought was a very appropriate title. It is also available with piano accompaniment in the Publications page entitle Solos and Small Groups. You can probably find Michael’s album through our “Links” page to Brass World.


Trilogy for Flugel

Three movements for Flugel Horn with Brass Band Accompaniment

$150.00 AUD

Listen to a digital sample extract
Trilogy for Flugel Horn

Trilogy was used as the Open Competition Flugel piece at the 2006 and 2013 Australian National Band Competitions. It was originally written for Rob Kavanaugh (with the then K&N Band, Adelaide) as his piece to perform in the prestigious Ern Keller Soloist Competition in Australia (2002). Three movements, Life, Love, Joy with challenging technique, tone and interpretation. Fun to play and fun to listen to, so I’m told.

Originally written with piano accompaniment and has been re-arranged for Eb Tenor (Alto) Horn with Piano accompaniment as well, which you can find in our Publications page under Solos and Small Groups.


Fantasy Australia I

Compilation of traditional Australian Songs

$150.00 AUD

Originally commissioned for small orchestra for Pembroke School, Adelaide, Australia for performance on China tour. Re-scored for Brass Band and Concert Band. Tunes are: “Click Go The Shears”, “Botany Bay”, “Bound For South Australia” and “Waltzing Matilda”. Some degree of difficulty but fun to play and good for audience programming.

Listen to a digitally sampled extract
Fantasy Australia 1


Everyday With Jesus

(Comedy)

$115.00 AUD

Written for Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army. Tongue in cheek, fun to play and fun to listen to. Based on old Sunday School song of the title.

Listen to an extract of the Canadian Staff Band recording
Everyday With Jesus


Go Tell It On The Mountain

$115.00 AUD

A different type of arrangement on an old carol. Starts a la morse code to big, thick proclamation. Into an easy march tempo with simple harmonies and ultimately into a Jazz in three approach. First in the minor key then into the major key with a quick recapitulation to the “morse code” and out with the big chord!

Unisons in certain sections look easy but aren’t necessarily so! But sound great when played correctly. Range and tonality could be challenging but worth the effort as in any piece of music.

Have fun!



Contemporary


Swing That Door

(Medium Swing)

$115.00 AUD

Listen to an extract

Originally written as a Euphonium Solo but used mostly as a trombone solo. An audience favorite whenever played. It can be heard on Bill’s Through The Years CD.


All Over God’s Heaven

(Medium Swing- Bass Trombone solo)

$115.00 AUD

Listen to an extract
All Over God’s Heaven

Medium Swing – shuffle with bass trombone solo at beginning but ample fun for all players. Based on old Negro Spiritual.


Big Little Light

(Medium Fast Swing)

$115.00 AUD

Listen to an extract

Fun piece for the listener and player with some potential to ad lib (written if needed) in the middle of the arrangement. Good “shout” chorus at the end.


Everlasting Swingin’ Arms

Trombone Quartet with an optional fifth part
(Slow to Medium Swing)

$115.00 AUD

A Trombone Feature on an old hymn. Begins with a nice 12/8 feel into a medium swing tempo. Fun to player and the listener.

Listen to an extract
Everlasting Swingin’ Arms


Praise Him

Trombone Quintet

$115.00 AUD

Another Trombone feature for Brass Band in the (what else) “swing” idiom. Fun to play and fun for the listener as well. Need a bit of “chops” though!

Listen to an extract of the performance


There is Power

(Rock)

$100.00 AUD

Originally written for a Salvation Army Youth Band back in the 1970’s. Recently performed on radio in Denmark so it’s still around there having some fun. It has some range to it but all in all a good listener’s piece for programming. There is a solo cornet “ad lib” solo written but it does’t have to be followed if the soloist knows what to do on his own.


We Three Kings

(Jazz Waltz)

$100.00 AUD

Fast, Fun and a “ripper”!


I Surrender All

$85.00 AUD

A contemporay swing arrangement in the same style as the Composer’s very popular Deep River. Commissioned by the Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army, Melbourne, Australia, for their 2006 USA tour.



Hymn/Ballad/Melodic


Sarah

Trombone Solo

$100.00 AUD

Composed for Brett Baker, Principle Trombone of the famed Black Dyke Band, for his lovely wife Sarah and recorded by Brett on a couple of his CD recordings. Bill has also recorded it on his “Eclectica” – An Anthology of Style CD.


Solo On A Scottish Air

Trombone Solo (Optional Flugel Horn)

$95.00 AUD

Listen to a digital extract
Solo On A Scottish Air

A lovely melody written in ballad style for trombone but can be played very sweetly with Flugel Horn as well. Though the Scottish part is not real sure by the arranger, those musical advisers closest to him lean to the Scottish side versus the Irish or other ethnic musical forms of melody.


Let The Beauty of Jesus

Trombone Solo in Ballad Style

$100.00 AUD

A beautiful trombone solo written especially for Joe Alessi, Principal Trombonist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Re-scored for regular Brass Band instrumentation.

A lovely melody with an obligato section, showing range and beauty of the trombone in the lyrical ballad style.

A performance of Mr. Alessi playing this can be heard on Bill’s “Through The Years” brass band CD.


In Perfect Peace

$95.00 AUD

A lovely arrangement of an old prayer chorus. The difficulty is not in the range or technique but in the ability to play with control and elegance. The sample is the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army. Played like it should be.

Listen To Sample
In Perfect Peace


It Is Well With My Soul

(Tune Arrangement)

$95.00 AUD

Beautiful hymn arrangement written for Bruce Raymond, Bandmaster of the Kensington and Norwood Brass Band, Adelaide, Australia. Sensitive, lush harmonies with some difficulty.

Listen To Sample
It Is Well With My Soul


Abide With Me

$95.00 AUD

A well known old Hymn of the Church. Sensitively and respectfully arranged in a more contemporary harmonic way.

Listen to digital sample
Abide With Me


Deep Harmony

Hymn Arrangement

$95.00 AUD

Old hymn, originally commissioned for Concert Band for Australian National Band Competition 2004 and re-arranged for Brass band. Lush harmonies with added counterpoint to a large finish. Some difficulty but worth the effort.

Listen to digital sample
Deep Harmony


Aurelia

Traditional hymn

$95.00 AUD

Also originally for Concert Band for 2004 Australian Nationals Band Competition. The dignity of the beautiful hymn is kept with more lush harmonies and lovely counterpoint melody to a big ending.

Listen to digital sample
Aurelia


All My Days (A Tribute to Major Yin)

Based on the words: “All my days and all my hours, all my will and all my powers!”

$100.00 AUD

Atonal at beginning, asian flavor in accompaniment (parallell fourth’s and fifth’s), to lush harmonies…dramatic!


Every Hour

(I Need Thee Every Hour)

$95.00 AUD

Drum stick as metronome through piece to keep time of the hours…lovely, lush harmonies with some drama added as well.


I Am Coming, Lord

Trombone Solo

$95.00 AUD

Listen to an extract
I Am Coming, Lord


Though originally arranged for trombone solo it can also be used as a nice Flugel Horn solo, as the audio sample shows. Short but sweet!
The sample performance was recorded by the Southern Territorial Band of The Salvation Army.


I’ll Follow Thee

$95.00 AUD

Usual Bill chords and harmonies…easy on the listener.

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I’ll Follow Thee


Innocence

Cornet Solo

$95.00 AUD

Simple solo with nice chordal accompaniment.


Oh, How I Love Jesus

$95.00 AUD

Old Sunday School chorus. Sensitive and easy listening.


The Well Is Deep

$95.00 AUD

Pretty straight forward with melody and lush harmonies. Not too difficult to play.


Saviour’s Name

$95.00 AUD

Based on old tune “Oh, How I Love the Saviour’s Name”. Nice chords and pretty straight forward with the melody, etc.


Sweet Hour of Prayer
Cornet Solo

$95.00 AUD

Written for Gordon Ward, New York Staff Band. Nice harmonies and melody predominant.



Marches


Unity and Strength

$100.00 AUD

Originally commissioned for Pembroke School Concert Band, Adelaide, South Australia for 2004 Australia National Band Competitions. Re-scored for Brass Band. More traditional in it’s format with some difficulty.


The Parade

$100.00 AUD

Orginally commissioned by Pembroke School Concert Band, Adelaid, South Australia for 2004 Australia National Band Competitions. Re-scored for brass band…comment heard at first perfomance. “Sounds like this composer’s from Hollywood”. A little less traditional than most marches but lovely “trio” with usual “up” ending.


Santanian

$110.00 AUD

Listen to extract
Santanian

Written on the death of G. Stanley Harrison. Mentor and close friend many years ago as a young musician. Happy. Contemporary with some rock idyom’s. Old in years but not dated…still played and enjoyed by the listener around the world. Recorded by the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army


The Brigadier

$100.00 AUD

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The Brigadier

Composed in memory of the Composer’s grandfather, Brigadier William Broughton, a Salvation Army composer in the earlier part of the 1900’s in America. The style and progressions are reminiscent of one of the Brigadier’s most famous marches the “Roll Call”.


Son of the Regiment

$100.00 AUD

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Son Of The Regiment

Written in the slow march style and form of the old traditional style of marches that are still used in some Brass Band competitions around the world.