The Unique Sound of British Brass

For Band Members

Our thoughts remain with Gary in his recovery from recent health issues, and look forward to his return when he determines that he can do so.

On this third Tuesday in the current concert cycle we will continue to do tunes from the band request list below (or other songs that band members propose prior to, or at, rehearsal), as well as continue to add some songs aimed towards the Valentine Week concert at CIYC February 16th.

Our Valentine month concerts  have historically been a mix of one third or so /romantic/love themed  songs, with the remaining pieces being from any genre.  As a lot of the Valentine songs tend to be ballads, we need to be sure to include some upbeat lively pieces too.


Songs the would appear to be certain to be on the 2/16 CIYC song list:

Love Changes Everything 15

My Love is Like  Red Rose 32  Randy solo

Over the Rainbow (Farr arrangement)   164

Cute  222

Under the Boardwalk  (new)

Alicante  46


Songs/requests that we have already run thru the past two rehearsal that might be candidates for making the February 16th  song list:


West Side Story   79

Malaguena          221

My Funny Valentine  166

Soul Bossa Nova  237

Fire Divine (trombone duet)  218

Cantebury Chorale   249


Some song ideas to consider (more band suggestions welcomed):

                               Dan Knee Buoy (Danny Boy)   210

A Train                                149

Sweet Georgia Brown     147

Mr. Sandman                  241

Ongoing Band Request list, updated January 2018


Chasing Wabbits 242

Nimrod       33

Gaelforce     69

TubaJim solo TBD

Mike V solo TBD

John Robinson solo TBD

Firebird  245

Tango  23

Rhapsody in Blue  238


Per the prior band emails on October 8th and November 5th, the CIYC schedule for 2018 is the third Fridays of even numbered months (mark your calendars):


Friday, February 16th   CIYC  

Friday, April 20th     CIYC

Monday, May 28th    Libbey Bowl

Friday June 15th    CIYC

Friday, August 17th  CIYC

Friday, October 19th  CIYC

Friday, December 14th (second Friday) CIYC Holiday

TBD Leisure Village Holiday concert


(above subject to adjustment due to CHICO concert conflicts)

(plus several Ventura TowneHouse concerts, mostly on Tuesdays)


Reminder:  you can always check the current rehearsal list and upcoming concert details and song lists through your smartphone or computer via the following link, please bookmark,  (the “For Band Members” page on our website):

Here’s a  link to Paul’s ongoing recordings of most of our concerts:  .


Time for a New Year’s refresher  of the  general guidelines for rehearsals/song selections:

  1. When starting a new concert cycle, the first two Tuesday rehearsals after a concert are “open” meaning any band member can request a song to be rehearsed, either in advance (to be included in the emailed rehearsal list), or when Gary takes requests on the first two Tuesdays.  Gary will of course also have arrangements that he  has selected to rehearse, and ongoing band requests (see below) will also always be considered to potentially be on the rehearsal list on these first two Tuesdays.
  1. Once we get to the third rehearsal, we will need to start to focus on a draft song list for the upcoming concert; so we will start to add some additional songs to make a well-rounded concert list, trying to include some arrangements requested by band members from the ongoing request list ( see below)
  1. This is your band, so we can respect if you do not like a particular arrangement and would prefer that we not play it.  If you want to delete a song, we can usually honor your request and delete it, but please propose a replacement song to put in its place (rather than just saying  “I don’t like that arrangement”).
  1. The exception to this would be if a band member has requested to play this particular arrangement that you don’t want to play.  In this case, the band member request takes priority over your preference not to play it.

Below is the  list started in 2015of new music obtained, or still looking for, and  ongoing band rehearsal requests

Let us know your new requests so we can keep the request list up to date (apologies if we have not listed some prior requests).

 New Music

 Malaguena (Mike)  221

Carousel (still need to find arrangement, Gary request)

Firebird Suite finale (Julie)

Moorside Suite (Linda)

Lux Aurumque, (“Light of Gold”) Sandy Smith arrangement (Chris Preston)

 Ongoing Band Request list, updated8/14/16

Moorside Suite   227

The Prayer    125

Nimrod       33

West Side Story   79

Punchinello    170

Gaelforce     69


Reminder:  you can always check the current rehearsal list and upcoming concert details and song lists through your smartphone or computer via the following link, please bookmark,  (the “For Band Members” page on our website):









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