The Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band

Charles Ancliffe, son of an Army bandmaster and best remembered for his waltz Nights of Gladness is first up with his stirring march The Liberators followed by one of the great Franz von Suppe overtures Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna.

The Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band consists of former members of the Royal Marines’ Band Service, their principal trumpet Jonathan Yates, who is featured on piccolo trumpet in Marc Antoine Char-pentier’s Te Deum, better known as the theme music for the Eurovision Song Contest. Four marches include Richard Wagner’s Nibelungen March, Sir Vivian Dunn’s The Admiral’s Regiment, American circus march Barman and Bailey ‘$ Favourite and a rousing Ray Woodfield arrangement of Lev Kipper’s Cavalry of the Steppes all played at a cracking tempo and with a fine sound.

American composer Rossano Ga’ante brings two new works to the band. Resplendent Glory, a refreshing addition to the wind band repertoire which would make an ideal soundtrack for a blockbuster Western movie and The Redwoods, described by the composer as an adventurous overture. Both these works are highlights of the CD.

Other tracks include two Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classics, Prelude from 49th Parallel and Linden Lea, with the final track, an arrangement by David Cole (who received his early training in the Salvation Army) of Eric Ball’s descriptive tone poem The Kingdom Triumphant. Brass band enthusiasts familiar with this music might like to compare this wind band version to the original.

This album ticks all the boxes and ex-military musicians will enjoy fond memories with many familiar tracks to enjoy. I have heard this fine band live in concert and they are a formidable outfit. Producers are Dave Clackett and Ken Peers. The colourful booklet (Peter Moore) contains comprehensive details of the band personnel, with programme notes by Paddy Dunn (son of Sir Vivian).

An album which will appeal to ex-Military musicians.

Dennis Wilby

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