BALLYGOWAN FLUTE BAND

Our Music

Kenneth J. Alford (England)

The Middy, Colonel Bogey, Army of the Nile, The Mad Major, On the Quarter Deck, Holyrood, The Thin Red Line, Eagle Squadron

John Philip Sousa (USA)

The Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, King Cotton, The Liberty Bell, Washington Post

Carl Teike (Germany)

Old Comrades, Steadfast and True

Herman L. Blankenburg (Germany)

Gladiators' Farewell, Action Front, Flying Eagle, My Regiment, True Comrades in Arms

Julius Fucik (Czech Republic)

Entry of the Gladiators, Florintiner, Children of the Regiment

William Love (Northern Ireland)

Moore Street, Hub of the North, The Massed Parade

Krier & Helmer (France)

Le Reve Passe

Arnold Safroni (England)

Imperial Echoes

Josef Wagner (Austria)

Under the Double Eagle

Johann Strauss 1 (Austria)

Radetsky

Edwin Eugene Bagley (U.S.A.)

National Emblem

Rudolf Herzer (Germany)

Hoch Heidecksburg

Abe Holzmann (U.S.A.)

Blaze Away

Wilhelm Zehle (Germany)

Wellington

Claudio Grafulla (U.S.A.)

Washington Grays

Jaime Texidor (Spain)

Amparito Roca

Ernst Urbach (Germany)

Through Bolts & Bars

Paul Lincke (Germany)

Father Rhine, Berliner Luft (Echoes of Berlin)

Leo R. Stanley (England)

The Contemptibles

Ron Goodwin (England)

Aces High (Luftwaffe March)

Robert B. Hall (U.S.A.)

Death or Glory

Frederick E. Bigelow (USA)

Our Director

Guido Deiro (Italy)

Sharpshooters

W.H. Turpin (England)

Roehampton

A.H. Perrin (Northern Ireland)

The Pacer

Nowowieski (Poland)

Under Freedoms Flag

A.E. Kelly (England)

Arnhem, Arromanches, Nijmegen

E. Brepsant

Belphegor

V.S Schettino (Spain)

Juarez

Tom Birkett (England)

Hazelmere

W.M. Kendall

Glorious Victory

Hermann Starke (Germany)

With Sword and Lance

Windsor Hylands (Northern Ireland)

Piney Heights

During an average year the band plays a very wide range of music, and summarising this into a sentence or two is not easy. We play marches of course - not only on the street but in concerts and on the contest platform.

We play all sorts of music in concerts and entertainment contests e.g. light classical, Irish and other traditional, and music from the movies - generally any music that the general public will recognise and love.

We also turn over quite a range of classical music. The brass, concert/military and accordion bands can buy all the test piece music they need, because there has always been a worldwide market for them to choose from - not so for flute bands! In the early 20th century our representatives turned to the classics for contest test pieces. The pioneers would have put their experience and knowledge to good use by transcribing music from the masters (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn to name but a few). In recent years our contest test pieces have included music by Mussorsky, Britten, Dukas, Smetna, Copeland, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Verde, Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner, Mancicin, Brahms, Saint-Saens - the list is endless. Indeed it would be difficult to challenge any claim that the degree of contact with classical music that a young championship flute band person could experience, is unlikely to be surpassed in any other band movement.

To name some of these arrangers/transcribers is to fail to name others who have contributed immensely, yet some names do come to the fore. From the early days, the best were undoubtedly John Murdie, Billy Blythe and Harry Gillespie, and from more recent times David Heaney, Frank Browne and Mark Douglas. Click here for an insight into this aspect of Banding

Flute bands are supposed to play marches - and why not? Surely there is no better foot-tapper known to man! Here are some examples of marches we play (or have played) - click the composer's name (if underlined) for more information:

Performing Rights

We have a mounted certificate on the Bandroom wall from The Performing Rights Society, thanking us for our long-standing support for those who make their living from their music, and whose music we play.



ABC OF MUSIC:

ACCIDENTAL

A wrong note

B NATURAL

Something you try in vain to do on stage

COR ANGLAIS

Cockney

DECOMPOSITION

A composition that stinks

ETHNIC MUSIC

Monotonous music performed in fancy dress

FINE

Passable

GRAND

What most pianos are not

HEAVY METAL

Harp

INNER RHYTHMS

Hunger pains

JAZZ

Originally a four-letter word. Still a four-letter word

KARAOKE

Japanese for bedlam

LUTE

Preferred to a cheque

METRONOME

Vertically challenged busker on the Paris Metro

NAAFI

Elephants’ graveyard for naff pianos

OVERTURE

Chat-up

PIPED MUSIC

Music indigenous to the Scottish Highlands and Dagenham

QUAVER

Stagefright

RUNS

After effects of a vindaloo

SUBDOMINANT

Masochist

TRIAD

Booking agency operating from Chinatown

UNDERDAMPED

A condition common in pub pianos

VIBRAPHONE

Sex chat-line

WOLF NOTE

Billet-doux

XMAS

Festival invented by Irving Berlin

YERBA BUENA

Spanish for Good Grass

ZWEIUNDDREISSIGSTEL

German for demisemiquaver (the shortest note with the longest name)

Ack.: Music Gifts & Ron Rubin