Sunday 5 June 2016
The best day of the summer so far coincided with BRASS FUSION's return to Eastbourne bandstand.
The group's afternoon concert attracted an enthusiastic audience, including new friends and many long-standing supporters. Among them were James Shepherd and David Pogson, of the legendary James Sheperd Versatile Brass, the group which inspired BRASS FUSION.
The afternoon performance opened with Concert Tune, by Jan Ceulemans, and included new pieces to the group, such as Life on Mars, Phantom of the Opera (arranged by leader Martin Buss) and Game of Thrones, as well as favourites from the repertoire such as All That Jazz and Embraceable You.
Special thanks to our compere, Brian Grindall.
Saturday 15 May 2016
BRASS FUSION had a double first in May with the group's first performance at Arundel Castle and the debut of new drummer, Mark.
The group played in the dramatic shadow of the Bakehouse Tower to a steady stream of visitors.
The programme included highlights from this year's repertoire, including the opening numbers Concert Tune and Toccata along with the themes from Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera and the James Bond movies.
Thursday 21st April 2016
Queen's 90th birthday celebrations
The Swan, Falmer
BRASS FUSION was delighted to return to the The Swan pub in Falmer to help villagers celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
The group's programme of entertaining English music included a specially-arranged piece by resident-composer David Hughes which combined Happy Birthday and the National Anthem.
The event also saw the debut for bass guitarist Ben and the first public use of BRASS FUSION's new concert stands, donated by the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.
Monday 22 February 2016
Burgess Hill Girls
BRASS FUSION brought the world of brass music to life for pupils at Burgess Hill Girls school.
The group opened the school's Music-making week with a concert featuring pieces from classical to pop.
Sian Buss, the group's bass player and the peripatetic brass teacher at the school, introduced the range of instruments in BRASS FUSION from the tiny piccolo cornet to the E flat bass
Sunday 20th December 2015
Carols by candlelight
St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill
BRASS FUSION's busy Christmas calendar ended with the beautiful carol service at St Andrew's Church, now a hugely popular local event. The group played a selection of Christmas music to greet the congregation and accompanied the carols, which had been specially arranged for the service. Special thanks to Ben Day for helping us out on cornet and piccolo trumpet.
Saturday 19th December 2015
Christmas at Polesden Lacey, National Trust
Nr Dorking, Surrey
On the final Saturday before Christmas, BRASS FUSION got National Trust visitors in the festive mood. The group played an afternoon of Christmas music in the packed Dairy Courtyard at Polesden Lacey.
Sunday 13th December 2015
BRASS FUSION Christmas Concert
Henfield Hall, Henfield
Paul Lovatt-Cooper's Home of Legends made a dramatic opening to the BRASS FUSION Christmas Concert. And for the first time, the group included timpani and electric guitar in some of the numbers.
The programme featured the best from BRASS FUSION'S 2015 repertoire along with many festive favourites.
There were also solos from Alfie Hughes (Scarborough Fair, pictured right, and Christine Nonoo (Black Sam) and duets by Martin Buss and Andy Hodges (Teleman for Two) and Martin Buss and Ruth Hayhurst (Don't it make your brown eyes blue).
Thanks to Brian Grindall who compered the concert and also bought Home of Legends for the group, and to Mark Goodson and Nick Hollick on percussion. Thanks and welcombe to Ben Godwin, who joins the group on bass guitar.
Thursday 3rd December 2015
Christmas Starts Here
Henfield Hall, Henfield
BRASS FUSION'S Sian and Martin Buss and their daughter Amy launched the Christmas season in Henfield with the opening fanfare at the village's popular Christmas concert in aid of St Barnabas Hospice. Other members of the group joined to accompany carols and for a slection of Christmas music.
28th November 2015
Festive Concert by BRASS FUSION and The Bothy Singers
Holy Trinity Churcy, Hurstpierpoint
BRASS FUSION'S joint concert with the Bothy Singers has already become a key event in the festive calender, marking the beginning of advent.
The groups performed a mix of Christmas music with popular numbers from their 2015 repertoires.
BRASS FUSION'S sets included Radetzkiana, a swung arrangement of the Radetzki March, and the rock version of Bach's Toccata in D Minor.
The Bothy Singers' opened with the James Bond theme Skyfall and closed with one of their favourites, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
The groups combined for the final number Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, made famous by The Andrews Sisters.
Many thanks to Brian Grindall who compered the concert.
7th November 2015
BRASS FUSION entertained early Christmas shoppers in the Grandstand at Brighton Racecourse.
This was a new event for BRASS FUSION and the group was able to make full use of the Sounds of Christmas book, which arranges traditional festive music in the style of marches, waltzes, calypso and ragtime.
12th September 2015
WI Centenary Celebrations
BRASS FUSION was proud to help West Sussex women celebrate 100 years of the WI.
The group accompanied WI members from across the county in a two-hour show marking highlights from the past century through music, sketches and monologues.
BRASS FUSION played music from across the decades, including Keep The Home Fires Burning, Run Rabbit Run, Fly Me To The Moon, Things Can Only Get Better, Blue Moon, medleys of folk and Beetles songs, and, of course, Jerusalem and Sussex By The Sea.
6th September 2015
National Trust, Polesden Lacey
BRASS FUSION returned to Polesden Lacey for the National Trust fundraisiing event with a local Lions group. Two mini concerts wowed the vast crowds enjoying the sunshine on the lawns outside the house. The programe, which included Rise of the Phoenix, Hot Stuff, Penny Lane and Duelling Banjos set feet tapping among older members of the audience, and got children dancing alongside the players.
9th August 2015
BRASS FUSIONíS entertaining mixture of jazz, Latin, swing, blues, pop and rock had the audience dancing in the aisles at Rottingdean Terraces.
The fabulous weather and beautiful seaside setting helped to pull in an enthusiastic capacity crowd.
And after a concert including
Down Bourbon Street,
Marching the Blues,
Swing Low, Penny Lane,
and Embraceable You, the
audience didnít want to say goodbye.
12th July 2015
The weather was gloomy but that didn't put a damper on BRASS FUSION or the audience at Eastbourne Bandstand for the group's Sunday-afternoon concert.
The new programme of familiar music and pieces written specially for the group got feet tapping and hands clapping.
The varied band items were interpersed with solos from Martin Buss on cornet (Hejre Kati) and Sian Buss on bass (Happy Hippo) and the duet Dueling Banjos, featuring Martin and Paul Labus.
Driving Force, an original piece by BRASS FUSION's resident composer, David Hughes, got its bandstand debut, along with David's arrangements of Put Your Hand in the Hand and Swing Thing.
The programme also included Hot Stuff, Love Changes Everything, All That Jazz, Gangnam Style and Rise of the Phoenix.
Special thanks to Richard Slyman who compered the concert.
4th July 2015
BRASS FUSION played a US-styled programme to entertain a sunny Independence Day fete at St Peter's Primary.
The group donned Stars and Stripes ties and hats to match the theme.
28th June 2015
BRASS FUSION'S prom night has fast become a top date in the Henfield calendar.
The popular mix of Proms night favourites and entertaining music pulled in big crowds again this year.
As usual, the evening featured local mezzo soprano, Sidonie Winter, who led the singing in Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
Thanks to Brian Grindall, BRASS FUSION'S resident compere.
Saturday 27th June 2015
BRASS FUSION entertained visitors to Henfield Church Fete with three mini concerts from the group's 2015 repertoire.
During the second break, the players cooled off with a cream tea in the shade.
14th June 2014
A new audience and venue for BRASS FUSION.
The group played for the first time at the popular Classic Car Show at Middle Farm, between Lewes and Alfriston, in East Sussex.
One of the cars presented a perfect photo opportunity.
10th April 2015
BRASS FUSION was delighted to be part of a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Crockstead Farm Hotel.
The group played Love Changes Everything for the arrival of the bride and Handel's ever-popular Queen of Sheeba for the departure of the happy couple.
The band also entertained guests as they arrived and during celebratory drinks.
21st December 2014
BRASS FUSION finished the Christmas season with the always popular candlelit service, which this year filled St Andrew's to capacity. BRASS FUSION played festive music as the audience arrived and accompanied the carols during the event.
14th December 2014
yearís BRASS FUSION Christmas show got off to a dramatic start with a
driving drum solo followed by the opening to the TV classic, A-Team. Just
when the audience were settling down for the next piece, trumpeters, Andy
Hodges and Martin Buss appeared at the back of the hall and launched into
Fanfare for a Common Man.
It has become part of Henfield tradition for BRASS FUSION'S Martin and Sian Buss, along with daughter Amy, to play a cornet fanfare to launch the village's annual Christmas Starts Here event.
This year was no different and, as usual, members of BRASS FUSION also accompanied the community carols and played a selection of festive music.
Martin, BRASS FUSIONís leader, played the cornet solo Buster Strikes Back and the cornet part in O Holy Night in a duet with mezzo soprano, Sidonie Winter.
30th November 2014
BRASS FUSION and the BOTHY SINGERS joined forces for a concert marking the start of advent.
The programme included popular numbers from both groups' repertoires, a selection of festive music and a finale when singers and performers joined together for a specially arranged joint number combining Holding out for a Hero and the theme from Phantom of the Opera
2nd November 2014
Martin Evans, musical director of James Shepherd Versatile Brass, led a workshop for BRASS FUSION members on swing technique. The two groups played through pieces from the previous night's concert by Versatile Brass and from BRASS FUSION'S repertoire.
1st November 2014
BRASS FUSION hosted a concert by the world-famous 10-piece ensemble, the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.
This was the first time the Yorkshire-based group had played in the south for more than 20 years and the audience at Uckfield Civic Centre was thrilled with the result. The group lived up to its reputation of virtuosity and the highest standards of technical proficiency and artistic musicality. The evening was also hugely entertaining. So it came as no surprise when the group won two standing ovations.
21st September 2014
BRASS FUSION opened its debut concert at Eastbourne Bandstand with a bold riff from the theme to TV's The A-Team segueing into Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for a Common Man.
The 90-minute show, selected from the group's wide repertoire, ranged from traditional favourites such as Amazing Grace, to the vurtuosity of the Harry James Trumpet Concerto, played by Martin Buss. The programme included Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favourite Things, Enya's Watermark, played by Paul Labuson on euphonium, Gershwin's Embraceable You and Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.
The audience were delighted by the teddy that appeared from the bell of a tuba during Bear Necessities, (soloist Sian Buss) and the knock-about humour during Steve Smythe's feature, The Laughing Trombone.
The concert closed with two of BRASS FUSION'S most popular swing numbers, Sing, Sing, Sing and New York, New York. Many thanks to Brian Grindall for compering the concert with his usual professionalism, despite no working microphone.
7th September 2014
BRASS FUSION played to hundreds of visitors relaxing in the sunshine at beautiful Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. The group's performance of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance got young members of the audience dancing and there was a special request from National Trust staff and volunteers for the Korean hit, Gangnam Style (which had wowed young families on BRASS FUSION'S first visit to Polesden Lacey). Kalinka, Sing Sing Sing and New York, New York also got enthusiastic applause.
30th June 2014
Hundreds of music-lovers made their way to
Red Oaks in Henfield for BRASS FUSIONíS proms and pimms evening. The event,
compered by Brian Grindall, also featured mezzo-soprano, Sidonie Winter. The
first half of the concert showcased solo performances by the band, including
The Bear Necessities by Sian Buss on tuba, and special arrangements to mark
the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. The second half featured
Proms Night favourites led by Sidonie, including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and
Glory and Rule Britannia.
29th June 2014
BRASS FUSION gave Henfield's church fete a traditional flavour with two mini
14th June 2014
Two hours of toe-tapping music from BRASS FUSION in Red Oaks gardens marked the end of day one of Henfield's annual arts and gardens festival. The group played a full programme of favourites, including Gershwin's Strike UP The Band, the theme to Hawaii Five-0, 76 Trombones, Acker Bilk's Strange on the Shore and Enya's Watermark.
BRASS FUSION will be back in the village later this month for the fete and Proms in the Park.
8th June 2014
BRASS FUSION's lunchtime concert in the grounds of St Helen's and St Richard's Church, Hangleton, was part of the village's first music and arts festival. The group also played hymns inside the church for the Pentecost Mass, led by the Bishop of Chichester.
1st June 2014
BRASS FUSION was
the first band of the year to play at the National Trust's Easy Jazz Sunday
events at the beautiful Polesden Lacey in Surrey. The band played two short
concerts of swing, latin, blues and jazz numbers to an enthusiastic audience
relaxing on lawns in front of the house. BRASS FUSION is delighted to be
returning for another date on Sunday 7th September, when we'll be playing from
BRASS FUSION launched the spring season at Hever Castle in Kent with three hours of entertaining music. The band performed for visitors enjoying the castle gardens, as well as a family of ducks and a very large Easter bunny.
30th March 2014
BRASS FUSION treated the mums of Mid-Sussex to a relaxing Mother's Day morning of easy-listening music, good coffee and tasty muffins. The band again teamed up with local singer, Sidonie Winter, this time to perform entertaining favourites, such as Solitaire, On My Own, and We've Only Just Begun.
BRUNCH WITH BRASS, at Henfield Hall, also featured BRASS FUSION's regular compere, Brian Grindall, who delighted the audience with his famous Russian accent, used with great effect to introduce Kalinka.
22nd December 2013
BRASS FUSION's last performance before Christmas was to packed pews at the ever-popular candle-lit carol service at St Andrew's Church in Burgess Hill. The group played a festive selection as people arrived and accompanied the choir and congregation for the carols.
15th December 2013
BRASS FUSION'S Christmas concert is fast becoming famous for the surprise it springs on the audience. In previous years, there have been Mexican hats and introductions in Russian. This year's surprise came right at the beginning when the lights dimmed both in the hall and on the stage. A hush went round the audience as a deep and velvet voice spoke the words from the start of War of the Worlds. Then out of the darkness came the dramatic music of Jeff Wayne's The Eve of War.
This year, for the first time, BRASS FUSION also projected images onto the back of the stage to accompany the music. The rest of the concert ran to form: the usual great mix of entertaining music, including solos from Martin Buss, Steve Smyth and Paul Labus, that got the audience tapping its toes. Thanks to Brian, our compere, for the deep and velvet voice and to Amy for the graphics.
5th December 2013
BRASS FUSION'S founders, Martin and Sian Buss, and their daughter Amy, began Henfield's popular annual carol concert in spectacular style with a rousing cornet fanfare. Later in the concert, Martin, again on cornet, performed an intricate duet with soprano, Sidonie Winter. The group also accompanied the community carols.
1 December 2013
BRASS FUSION launched the 2013 Christmas season with three mini concerts for visitors to the National Trust's We Three Kings Festivities at Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. The group played a mixture of the best from this year's repertoire, alongside carols and Christmas favourites. The most enthusiastic applause, though, was for the Korean hit, Gangnam Style. It was so popular with young families that we had to play it three times to satisfy demand.
30 June 2013
BRASS FUSION teamed up with opera singer, Sidonie Winter, to entertain over 400 people at a Proms night in Henfield. The concert, introduced by the band's resident compere, Brian, included Sing, Sing, Sing, used in the trail for The Artist, Summertime from Porgy and Bess and Arrival of The Queen of Sheba, by Handel. Sidonie led the audience in a flag-waving climax to the evening with the traditional Proms favourites Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and the Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. A collection at the end of the concert raised money for local charities, Warren Playgroup, Henfield Youth Club and Hart. More pictures
June promises the best of entertaining brass music, not once but four times, with BRASS FUSION's busiest month so far this year. The fun begins on Sunday 9th June with a concert for Henfield Garden and Arts weekend. The event is 5pm-7pm in the gardens at Red Oaks.
On Sunday 23rd June, BRASS FUSION is at Rottingdean Terraces, starting at 2.30pm. The month ends with a double treat: a concert at Henfield fete on Saturday June 29th, followed by the grand finale, Proms in the Gardens at Red Oaks gardens, Henfield, at 6pm on Sunday 30th.
23 February 2013
Saltdean villagers were reluctant to let BRASS FUSION go home at the end of Saturday's entertaining concert. Despite an encore, the enthusiastic audience still shouted for "More!"
The programme included lots of well-known favourites,
including Lord of the Dance,
Is this the way to Amarillo, and
Summertime. The 2nd half opened with the theme
to Hawaii Five O and the concert ended with
Sing, Sing, Sing, which featured in the trailer
for the hit film, The Artist.
23rd December 2012
What a beautiful setting for Dave and Ashleigh's wedding. The grounds of
Powder Mills Hotel just needed a sprinkling of snow to complete the idyllic
setting but it wasn't to be. Flash floods delayed some of the relatives
arriving but the group entertained, again using the new Christmas books, until
the Service started. A short break before playing to the guests again. The
highlight had to be Dave, in his smart Groom suit, along with his sister Helen,
in her beautiful bridesmaid dress, both playing in the group. The Christmas
pieces were suited to this occasion perfectly. Looking forward to welcoming
Dave to the group in 2013. A fond farewell to Mark and best wishes to him and
his young family.
17th December 2012
Seven of the group headed over to Haywards Heath to entertain some of the
residents of a retirement housing scheme. It was a chance to play some more of
the wonderful arrangements from the Sounds of Christmas books recently
purchased. The residents loved the music and plied the group with mulled wine
and nibbles as a thank you. It is really enjoyable to perform to such an
16th December 2012
Five of Brass Fusion played at St. Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill to accompany
the choir and congregation. Some of the group dashed over from another concert
to have a quick run through before the Service. A lovely buffet was provided by
Steve's wife Julie who also played, along with Amy, as part of the brass
group. The Service went well and a request for next year was made before we even
left the Church!
9th December 2012
The hall was fairly full and the concert began with Pastime with Good Company. The players walked on as their entry began and stood behind the chairs. Once the whole group were playing, the percussion gave us a four bar solo to sit down and finish the piece.
Ben was the first of our soloist and his rendition of Lazy Trumpeter was well received.
'There wasn't a dry eye in the house' for Ruth's On My Own horn solo. A presentation was made to Mark on drums just before our last piece of the first half. He is leaving us to spend time with his young family but we hope it wont be the last time we see him.
The opening of the second half was interesting. The idea of entering in darkness was great, except that we hadn't allowed for the health and safety aspect of trying to find our seats!!! We managed, just, and played the first Christmas piece with just stand lights and flashing pom poms on our santa hats. Lights up and we continued the second half. Steve was our next soloist with a great performance of Blue John.
A few more festive and traditional pieces and it was time for our final soloist. Sian played the comical bass solo Tuba Smarties, even her foot rest was covered in smarties paper!
Finishing with a few more festive pieces the concert came to a close. The audience were appreciative and the band happy with their performance.
It was then off to the local pub for a Christmas meal. Shame it wasn't quite up to last year's standard but the Landlord was a great host.
Just a few small group carol jobs and a private wedding before the
Christmas break. Looking forward to some new music and engagements in
the New Year.
6th December 2012
TA small group from BF played at the Henfield Carol Concert. Martin, Sian and
their daughter Amy opened the proceedings with a fanfare and then the group
accompanied the congregation with the Carols. The group opened the second half
with Mid Winter and a few more carols through the evening. The final piece was
Martin and Sidonie joining forces for a Trumpet/Voice feature. The audience
seemed to appreciate all the 'acts' throughout the evening and it was an ideal
opportunity to leave a few concert flyers on the chairs!
2nd December 2012
Well, they promised us heating and lighting and they were true to their word. What they failed to tell us was that the heating would only last for the first half and the lighting was one strip light over in one corner!!! Luckily we had taken our own stand lights and had all wrapped up with plenty layers. Lots of people wandering around the Castle grounds, beautiful lights on all the trees and hedges. The Castle lights, altering every few seconds, were lovely to see once the sun had gone down. A light dusting of frost made the atmosphere extra special. We managed to give some of our forthcoming Christmas concert pieces and airing and they seemed to be well received by the public. Hot chocolate during the break helped warm us up ready for the very chilly second half. Roads were icy as we headed home but we're all looking forward to our concert next Sunday.
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