Concert Band is Blowsoc’s largest unauditioned ensemble. The incentive is to give all woodwind, brass and percussion players of any ability the chance to play some exciting music, meet new people and participate in some fantastic concerts. We welcome all players to come and join whether they have just picked up the saxophone or have a clarinet diploma. Concert Band has weekly rehearsals where they tackle a diverse programme from The Greatest Showman to American Barn dance and more traditional concert band repertoire. It gives people the chance to have some great fun playing recognisable tunes or learning new ones. Every christmas concert band does a joint concert with the Wind Orchestra and other small ensembles to make a giant ensemble, this is always a great end to the Blowsoc Christmas Extravaganza. Last year, Concert band did a joint concert with the University of Birmingham’s Wind Band, this was a fantastic collaboration and something we wish to do again in the future. Concert Band is completely student run and each year everyone has the opportunity to run for manager or audition for conductor. The ensemble was created in 2014, and this year we will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary! So if you would like to meet lots of musicians, please turn up to rehearsals.
👪 The Committee
General Secretary, Concert Band Conductor, and Saxophones Conductor
Ollie is a second year music student who plays trumpet and piano. He can always be found in the department, mainly pretending to practice! If you have any questions about our LTC programme feel free to contact him!
Concert Band Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor
Kyle is a third year music student who plays both clarinet and saxophone, being an active member of the society, partaking in many ensembles and socials in the past two years. He is looking forward to conducting the two largest ensembles of the society.
Wednesdays, 13:00–14:10 in Rehearsal Hall.
🎭 Upcoming Concerts
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📝 Recent Blog Posts
🎥 Previous Recordings
Blowsoc Concert Band: Looney Tunes(arr. Bill Holcombe)
Looney Tunes was a collection of short animated cartoon films made by the American company Warner Brothers between 1930 and 1969. They featured iconic characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Road Runner. Inspiration for the title ‘Looney Tunes’ came from Walt Disney’s series of musical compositions called ‘Silly Symphonies’. The original theme music for Looney Tunes was called ‘The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down’ written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin. The immense popularity of the original series and characters led to many spin-off films and television series.
Blowsoc Concert Band: King Cotton March(John Philip Sousa)
The term ‘King Cotton’ relates to the high level of importance granted to the cotton plant as a cash crop in the southern regions of America. The March, written in 1895 by John Philip Sousa, was intended as a military march for the Cotton States and International Exposition which took place in Atlanta, Georgia in 1895. The purpose of the exhibition was to present new products and technologies to the world from this region and to enhance trading with the Latin American countries. The march features regularly in Sousa compilations and was used in the 1973 film ‘The Sting’ and in the 1983 film Superman III.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Jurassic Park(John Williams arr. Michael Sweeney)
This legendary film, directed by Stephen Spielberg, has become iconic for its plot and music. Based on the 1990 novel by Michael Crichton, the film is set on a fictional island where genetic scientists have managed to resurrect dinosaurs. The film score was composed and conducted by the legendary John Williams, also known for the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Home Alone and Harry Potter scores. Williams set out to compose a score that would encapsulate the awe and fascination of the park, a mood that is certainly created by the opening theme.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Beach Boys Medley(arr. Michael Brown)
Formed in 1961, the Beach Boys became synonymous with the ‘California Sound’ of the early and mid-sixties. Upbeat, combining close harmonies with R&B influences and extolling the surfing culture of youth, cars and, of course, romance the Beach Boys had a string of hit singles and albums. Our medley today features some of their best-known hits ‘I Get Around’, ‘Good Vibrations’ California Girl’ and ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice’.
Blowsoc Concert Band: American Barndance(Richard Saucedo)
‘American Barndance’ is a lively piece with lots of energetic rhythm and fanfare sections. Its American character has a playful feel and its calm passages offset the powerful and frenzied percussion. Saucedo is an American arranger and composer who has received commissions from around the world and has won awards for his orchestral and band compositions. We hope you enjoy!
Blowsoc Concert Band: Greatest Showman MedleyThe Greatest Showman (arr. Paul Murtha)
A film that won the hearts of the nation, The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical directed by Michael Gracey. Featuring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum the film is a fictional reworking of the story of Barnum’s famous circus and delivers the key message that everyone is beautiful and talented in their own unique way. The soundtrack was produced and written by Wells, Paul and Pasek and took the music charts by storm in multiple countries around the world, selling over 4.5 million copies and winning a Golden Globe Award for ‘This Is Me’. We hope you enjoy this fun, upbeat and catchy medley.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Star TrekThis arrangement of Star Trek is a medley of the film music and soundtrack, including ‘Enterprising Young Men’, ‘To Boldly Go’, and the iconic ending credits.
Blowsoc Concert Band: English Folk Songs SuiteThe suite consists of three movements- I. March: Seventeen Come Sunday, II. Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy, and III. March: Folk Songs from Somerset. Many of concert band’s players are heavily featured in this suite, including predominant piccolo and oboe moments.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Highlights from the Sound of MusicBy 1966, The Sound of Music had become the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind. The arrangement today features some of the best-known pieces from the masterpiece: ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘My Favourite Things’, 'Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’.
Blowsoc Concert Band: ThunderbirdsWith the first episode airing on 30th September 1965, Thunderbirds quickly became a household name, with its main theme becoming one of the most well-recognised tunes of the era. The release of the film in 2004 also revived the characters into the childhoods of concert band.
Blowsoc Concert Band: Sinatra in ConcertHear Concert Band play various pieces once performed by Frank Sinatra! (Recorded 15/12/17)
Blowsoc Concert Band: Don't Stop Me NowListen to Concert Band play Don't Stop Me Now, originally played by Queen! (Recorded 15/12/17)