Music as a Source of Inspiration
Today, we have various genres of music and various people try to associate themselves with the various types. Unlike today, there are many types of music genres which have been in existence for so long, such as the brass bands or the piping & drum bands.
Most of these bands were usually formed by groups of workers in a certain industry or people with common interest in the same area. They mostly comprised of many participants who worked together to produce some exciting performances in their lives. Most of these bands have today been made redundant, but still some remain strong and they have a massive following, especially from those who know their history and those who love culture.
They have a lot of heritage which has been passed along through generations and there is need for this culture to be preserved. We all have to agree that the level of creativity which was exhibited and is still exhibited by these bands is high. They possess a lot of history in then and that is why their preservation is of much use to us. Through the bands, the artistes were able to express their feelings, emotions and togetherness in the society. Colliery bands which were formed by coal miners helped them reduce their stress they were facing at work and also in enriching their minds. By perfuming in various events, they were able to make them colorful.
Importance of Music in Our Lives
Music lives within us and touches our various aspects of life. It is the therapy power of music that kept my mother alive foe several months while she was battling breast cancer. There were times when I would come to feed her and I would end up singing a song to her because I knew how much she valued songs. She was lovely and music often made her strong. She always associated herself with music and inspired me to go for musical lessons.
All through from the time that she was undergoing radiation, she used to listen to various music but particularly loved band music. She had various painting and pictures of brass bands since her father was a member of the bands. She used to narrate to me how my grandpa used to go with her in the various performances and the adventure that she had in the various occasions.
It is true that music is of much importance in education and inter-cultural relationships. It helps people identify their heritage and appreciate their culture. Through its power we can become uplifted, get relief from stress or anxiety and by playing musical instruments, we bring great development in our brains.
This website was previously owned by Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band which was formed in 1926 and consisted entirely of miners from the colliery. The migrated to a new domain some years back. Today they can be found on www.snowdownband.org. The band was a Kent based brass band which owed its roots to the days when East Kent possessed three working collieries with their almost obligatory brass bands.
The collieries no longer exits but the bands, Betteshanger and Snowdown, continue as they always did. The Snowdown Band performs at many functions during the course of the year, many of them on bandstands. It is only with the help of a hard-working committee and dedicated players, who give their services for the love of music and the thrill of performing in public, that the band continues.
Carousel: This is the band’s debut album, recorded in the lovely town of Deal in the South East of Kent. The album contains a varied programme of music from “traditional” brass music to music from the “Musicals”. Songs found in the album includes;
- March Kirkby Lonsdale Goff Richards
- Selection Carousel Richard Rogers
- Solo The Paragon E.Sutton
Soloist: Keith Pritchard on Cornet
- Feature The Ugly Duckling Alan Fernie
- Overture La Gazza Ladra Rossini
- Hymn Tune Eternal Father Jacob de Haan
- Duet Ave Maria E.H. Keeley
Soloists: Keith Pritchard on Cornet and Ritchie Fraser on Euphonium
- Solo Demelza Hugh Nash
Soloist: Suzie Tigwell on Soprano Cornet
- Song The Wichita Lineman Alan Fernie
- Dedication A Special Place Goff Richards
Composed for the Children’s Hospice, South West
- Classical Light As Air Goff Richards
Soloist: Steve Wright on Flugal
- Showstopper There’s No Business Irving Berlin
- Finale The Golden Lady Goff Richards
I’ve decided to bring this site back to life because I love brass bands and music in general. I’ll be publishing informative posts about what is happening in the music worlds and particularly in brass bands which seem to be becoming extinct. There are several interesting posts that I have already published which are worthy reading. I’ll be seeking to publish more in future but in the meantime, click on the various topics below to access the published content.