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Thursday 23 July, 2020

Hundreds of brass players from far and wide have gathered online as part of a massed band isolation video organised by BrassFest UK.

The video, which gained more than 20,000 views in the first 48 hours, sees players performing an arrangement by Philip Harper of Queen track Fat Bottomed Girls. It contains 280 individual videos edited and mixed from players of all levels of experience – including Black Dyke horn star Siobhan Bates. Contributions came from countries including Belgium, France, New Zealand, USA, Kenya, Portugal and the UK.

The video release coincided with the birthday of Queen member and songwriter Brian May and has been dedicated to him by project organiser Rob Tompkins.

Publisher Wright and Round agreed to provide parts and from 750 registrations, Rob received 280 videos. Once the closing date for recordings had passed, he got to work on the task of pulling together the mammoth project.

Rob reflected: “One of my biggest tasks was going through all of the videos and separating them into their parts then splitting the audio and the videos. Hearing each part against the original backing track I was able to get a good selection of parts to match up against and after about 25 hours of editing I had an audio track.

“My next task was to work out how to get 280 individual videos into a 200 second final product, not easy but I managed to get it all in – just.”

Lockdown music videos have proven to be a welcome distraction for many people who are missing the bandroom and playing with friends. Now BrassFestUK is looking to put on more lockdown events and may do another massed band isolation video – once Rob has recovered from his gargantuan project.

More information about BrassFestUK is at its website. It is also active on Facebook.