The Unique Sound of British Brass

For Band Members

Below and attached is the final song list for CIYC Friday 10/19.   We may tweak it a bit on Tuesday ( e.g., insert/swap out a different song, soloists may want to change placement of their solo, etc.) .

I will be sending out a separate email asking for band input on the 2019 CIYC schedule.

Based on recent band input, the following are the current dates for our concerts for the balance of the year, let us know if you have a conflict, if you have not already done so.


 Friday, October 19th  CIYC

 Sunday November 11th     Ventura TowneHouse   10:30 AM downbeat  (Veterans Day)

 Friday December 7th Leisure Village Holiday

 Friday, December 14th CIYC Holiday

 Saturday, December 15th  Ventura Harbor Marina Mobile Home Park (evening)

 Tuesday, December 18th (tentative)   Ventura TowneHouse Holiday


October 19, 2018


Call time 6:30    Downbeat 7 PM

Dress:  Black VBB shirt and black pants


Bandology                    4

Here, There and Everywhere  264

Autumn Leaves                  239

Disney Fantasy                 200

‘Mid All the Traffic (Shenandoah)   95

Alte Kammerden              171

Londonderry Air                14

Old Rugged Cross       172


Broadway Spectacular    233

Hymn for Diana                122

Great Escape                 47

Light as Air                         199

Concerto de Aranjuez       7

Spanish Eyes                      246

I Got Rhythm               224

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

on our website):



Okay, trying a little experiment here.  You will notice there is no song list below or attached.   It is on our website, on the “For Band Members” page.  In order to provide you with incentive to put a quick link on your iPhone home screen to the weekly song lists, here are the easy instructions to create that one-touch iPhone link to that song list.   You will probably want to print out the attached, or view this email on your PC, so you can easily follow the instructions while holding your iPhone separately.  (For any band member Android phone owners if you are tech-savvy, Android phone instructions would be appreciated………….)


  1. Open Safari on your iPhone (Safari is the blue compass icon)
  2. Open the Ventura British Brass website (just type it in at the top), and click on the dropdown “Menu” and clock on the “For Band Members” page in the Menu .(or easier yet, just click on this link )
  3. Confirm that you are on the “For band members” page, the one that has info and song list for this week’s rehearsal.  Now tap the “Share” button (you may need to tap the bottom of your screen). The Share button looks like a box/page symbol with an arrow pointing up.
  4. In in the bottom row  of this Share screen  there are black and white icons, (which are below the top row with all the colorful icons (Message, Mail, Facebook , etc..)   Scroll in this bottom row to the icons on the right and you will see “Add to Home Screen,” with a grey cube icon with a “+” in it. Tap this icon.
  5. Tap on “Add” in the upper right-hand corner.  Before you tap, you can change the name to just “VBB” which is easier to see on your home screen.


The link will now magically appear on your last home screen page, a blue cube with a white “W” (for WordPress, where our free website is) with either VBB or ‘for band members’ underneath it.  You can move this icon to your first page in the usual way (press and hold until all app icons become wiggly, then hold and move at the bottom to the left until you get  to your first home screen.

Voila!  Now with a single touch of your finger you will have the current rehearsal/concert list with our weekly email.




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


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


Here is a refresher of the general guidelines for rehearsals/song selections/and covering your parts when you can’t make a concert:

  1. When starting a new concert cycle, the first two or three Tuesday rehearsals after a concert are “open” meaning any band member can request any song to be rehearsed, either in advance (preferred, so it can be included in the emailed rehearsal list, and so Gary can bring the score), or when Gary takes requests on rehearsal night the first few weeks.  Gary will also have arrangements that he has selected to rehearse, and ones from the ongoing band request list will always be considered to potentially be on the rehearsal list on these first few Tuesdays.
  2. Once we get to the third rehearsal, we will need to start to focus on making 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.
  3. 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 from an upcoming concert list, 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”).
  4. The exception to the above 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.
  5. Each band member has the primary responsibility for making sure that his/her part is covered for any given concert. Let Randy and Hal and your section leader know as soon as you know you cannot make a concert, obtain a sub if you can, and remind everybody once again a few weeks before the concert in case we’ve forgotten about your upcoming absence.



 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










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