FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

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From the silver screen to the brass band stage

Thursday 30 September, 2021

The composer Bruce Broughton enjoys a glittering reputation among the stars for his work in film and television. From Silverado to Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio and Miracle on 34th Street, as well as episodes of Dallas, Quincy, Hawaii Five-O and How the West Was Won, the multi-Emmy winning composer is behind countless well-known scores.

The 76-year-old from Pasadena, California, is no stranger to the world of brass and chats to British Bandsman editor, Mark Good, ahead of his work, Heroes, featuring as the set test at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on October 2.


How is life for you after the past 18 months or so?

BB: The past 18 months haven’t been quite so strange for me because, as a composer, I’m used to sitting in a room all day. I think the biggest problem has been travel, or lack of. I’m curing that by coming to London for the Nationals contest. The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain return after a COVID-enforced absence.

How are you feeling about finally getting to this moment, where your piece, Heroes, is going to be performed throughout the day?

BB: I’ve never had so many performances, one on top of another. It looks like it should a long but very interesting day. I’ve been interested in the championship since I was a kid. When I was a boy, my parents were in the Salvation Army and I grew up playing a variety of instruments in a Salvation Army band. I’ve heard about the championships all my life so to be a part of it is a big deal. To be able to get a piece is really great and I’m really interested to see what the experience will be like.


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Issue 6111 digital September 30, 2021