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 selectionn 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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