Help me find this cassette-taped brass band
November 16, 2006 11:12 AM Subscribe
An old, copied cassette of brass music needs your help: what band is this?
posted by Milkman Dan to media & arts (4 answers total)
The cassette tape belongs to my dad. He’s crazy about it, but it’s a copy of a copy of a copy. That means that the quality is really poor, so I’d love to be able to order him a copy of the original as a Christmas gift. However, because it’s a copied-copy, none of the original packaging or liner notes are anywhere to be found.
There is, however, a tracklist scrawled on the back of the cassette. Given the religious nature of the songs, as well as the general feel, it might be logical to assume it’s a Salvation Army band. Here’s the tracklist:
I Go to the Rock
We Will Stand
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
There Is Power
When We All
Love Lifted Me
Victory in Jesus
The music is contemporary and upbeat, and the arrangements are bombastic and jazzy. Trombones and trumpets are the featured instruments, but they’re backed up by a drum kit and a piano, and sometimes a sax can be heard. The musicians are all incredibly talented, with note-for-note perfection and a great deal of improvisational solos showing off their top-notch training.
It’s a live recording – audience clapping and conductor remarks can be heard. Hopefully it’s an officially distributed copy and not a bootleg, because otherwise that might pose some trouble. The conductor has a fairly strong American accent – perhaps Washington?
The word “Hendon” is scrawled in the margins, as are the words “Enfield” and “Metro”. However, these markings may belong to side 2 of the cassette, which seems to be unrelated recordings of straight-laced brass marches.
I appreciate any responses, thoughts, comments and leads you can offer! Thanks so much for your help.