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

Issue 6112

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Heroes: A heads-up

Friday 1 October, 2021

As brass bands prepare to return to the Royal Albert Hall this weekend for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the anticipation for bands and listeners brings a sense of excitement as the fate of the famous silver pot lies in the hands of adjudicators Robert Childs, Stephen Cobb and Rob Wiffin OBE. Testing bands will be set work Heroes, from the pen of American composer, Bruce Broughton.

Christopher Bond lifts the lid on the piece and the inspiration behind the major work.


The musical test for each of the 19 bands taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall is Bruce Broughton’s Heroes, a 2019 work written for and dedicated to Nicholas Childs and the Black Dyke Band. Heroes pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the incredible achievements of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

The composer

Whilst composer Bruce Broughton is no stranger to writing for brass band, he is perhaps better known for his many motion picture scores, including Silverado, Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street, the Homeward Bound adventures and Harry and the Hendersons. His television themes include The Orville, JAG, Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures and Dinosaurs. Indeed Broughton’s music comes with an impressive 24 nominations including 10 Emmy awards, an Oscar and Grammy nomination in addition to his much-loved music at Disney theme parks all over the world; most notably for EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth, Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Soarin’ Around the World.

Heroes follows in the footsteps of another brass band test-piece by Broughton, Masters of Space and Time, featured at both the North American Brass Band Championships and the All-England Masters in the UK.


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