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Parade and Concert in Richmond

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) traveled to Richmond, Virginia on 7 December 2013, participating in the Richmond Christmas Parade and playing a carol concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the afternoon.

This was the first time that the full band marched in the Richmond Christmas Parade. In previous years, small ensembles have taken part. The parade is a major event, with several hundred thousand spectators lining Broad Street along the 2.5-mile route.

After the conclusion of the parade, the band went across town to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the venue for the annual Richmond carol concert. This concert has been held at the church for the past several years. The band arrived in good time after the parade, setting up and having a box lunch before the afternoon concert, which began at 2:45 pm.

The concert opened with Christmas Prelude (arr. Rieks van der Velde), which features the carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The audience was invited to sing along with the band for this item. After words of welcome and an invocation from Major Tim Carter, Central Virginia Area Commander, the concert continued with two contrasting items. First was the Troika from “Lieutenant Kije” (Serge Prokofiev, arr. Andrew Blyth). This was contrasted with Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi, arr. Stephen Bulla), which is familiar from the classic Charlie Brown Christmas television special.

Next was another opportunity for the audience to participate, with a medley of carols, including “Deck the Halls”, “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. This was followed by a performance by students from the Salvation Army’s School for the Performing Arts, led by Sara Elliott. The first half of the concert finished with a Christmas march, The Carollers (Richard Holz).

Following the intermission, the band brought things back to motion with Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén). Major Donna Carter, Central Virginia Coordinator of Women’s Services, read Scripture from John 1:1–14. The band played Silent Night, a new arrangement by a member of the band’s bass section, Kate Wohlman. This led into a devotional given by the band’s Executive Officer, Major Andrew Kelly, entitled “The Life-Light”, using the Scripture text read earlier.

The band’s final item of the concert was Christmas Finale (Paul Lovatt-Cooper). Just before the benediction given by Major Tim Carter, the audience finished the afternoon, joining with the band in another medley of carols, including “Joy to the World”, “The First Noel” and “Away in a Manger”.

The band was scheduled to perform another carol concert the following afternoon, in Fairfax, Virginia, however, this event had to be canceled on account of hazardous winter weather conditions.

The Words of the Amen (2007)

The Words of the Amen (2007)

The Words of the Amen (2007)

Tracks

1 Winchester Revival (Kenneth Downie) 3:40
2 Take Time . . . (Kenneth Downie) 4:21
3 God With Us (Fettke/Kirkland, arr. Kevin Norbury) 5:50
4 Rhapsody for Cornet and Band (Ray Bowes) Ian Anderson, cornet soloist 8:04
5 Confrontations (Dudley Bright) 9:45
6 Jesus Loves Me (James Anderson) 2:39
7 The Conqueror (Ray Steadman-Allen) Major Tony Barrington, euphonium soloist 6:34
8 The Blessing (William Himes) 6:40
9 What a Friend (Erik Leidzén) 2:14
10 The Words of the Amen (James Anderson) 11:37
11 Sovereignty (Brian Bowen) 4:10

Turning Point (2001)

Turning Point (2001)

Turning Point (2001)

Conducted by Bandmaster Lars-Otto Ljungholm, this recording features four soloists and the title track, which includes a narration by General John Gowans.

Tracks

1 Rosehill (Albert H. Jakeway) 3:12
2 I Love You, Lord (Laurie Klein, arr. Howard Davies 4:29
3 Celestial Morn (Leslie Condon) Tom Bratten, tuba soloist 9:26
4 The Living God (Dorothy Gates) 5:30
5 Sound Out the Proclamation (Eric Ball) 6:23
6 Dearest Name (David Catherwood) Major Tony Barrington, euphonium soloist 6:38
7 All That I Am (William Himes) 6:47
8 The Lamb (Dorothy Gates) Dorothy Gates, trombone soloist 5:12
9 To Regions Fair (Norman Bearcroft) 8:32
10 Turning Point (Dorothy Gates) General John Gowans, narrator 8:32
11 I’d Rather Have Jesus (William Himes) Ian Anderson, cornet soloist 3:08
12 Deep River (William Broughton) 3:28

Laudes Domini (1997)

Laudes Domini (1997)

Laudes Domini (1997)

In addition to the National Capital Band, under the direction of Bandmaster Stephen Bulla, this recording features the National Capital Singers, a vocal group under the direction of Cyndi Court.

Tracks

1 Prelude on “Eine Feste Burg” (Robert Redhead)
2 Washington Salute 125 (Stephen Bulla)
3 Interlude
4 In the First Light (Bob Kauflin, arr. Dennis Allen) National Capital Singers
5 Prelude on “Laudes Domini” (Douglas Court)
6 Love Divine (John Stainer, arr. Jan de Haan)
7 Festival of Lights (Stephen Bulla)
8 Lift Up the Banner (Erik Silfverberg)
9 Interlude
10 Plenty Good Room (Kirby Shaw) National Capital Singers
11 The Sound of the Gospel (Robert Redhead)
12 Crimond (Peter Graham)
13 Richmond (Erik Leidzén)
14 Interlude
15 Let Us Go in Peace (John Rutter) National Capital Singers
16 A Pilgrim Song (Thomas Rive)
17 Stateside (Peter Graham)

Christmas Presence (1992)

Christmas Presence (1992)

Christmas Presence (1992)

In 1891 the Salvation Army in San Francisco introduced a new idea — a red kettle to raise funds for needy families at Christmas. This highly visible strategy caught on and spread successfully throughout the country, becoming a familiar sign of the season to every Christmas shopper.

To mark the occasion of the Red Kettle Centennial, First Lady Barbara Bush agreed to become honorary Christmas chairperson and officially inaugurate the 1991 centennial year of kettle work. Her presence at the official National Kettle Kick-Off in Washington, DC was accompanied by the National Capital Band, which premiered the specially commisssioned Christmas march, The Bells of Christmas, featured on this recording.

Tracks

1 Christmas Presence Sound Montage
2 The Proclamation of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)
  The Festive Season (Morley Calvert)
3       I. Christ was born on Christmas Day
4       II. The Holly and the Ivy
5       III. Good King Wenceslas
6 How Far to Bethlehem? (Stephen Bulla)
7 A Carol Medley – from Noel (Donald Osgood)
8 Christmas Comes But Once a Year (Brian Bowen)
9 Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming (Stephen Bulla)
10 March on a Traditional French Air (Philip Ditmer)
11 Coventry Carol (Robert C. Schramm)
12 O Holy Night (Stephen Bulla) Noel Morris, soprano cornet soloist
  Two Canadian Christmas Carols (Morley Calvert)
13       I. Jesous Ahatonia (Huron Indian)
14       II. Il Est Né (French Canadian)
15 Midwinter (Stephen Bulla)
16 Silent Night (Erik Leidzén) Major William Crabson, narrator
17 Crusaders (Dean Goffin)
18 Introductory Comments First Lady Barbara Bush
19 The Bells of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)

Monuments (1990)

Monuments of Brass Band Literature (1990)

Monuments of Brass Band Literature (1990)

Tracks

  Suite for Brass – Three Hymns (Stephen Bulla)
1       I. O Worship the King
2       II. Amazing Grace
3       III. How Firm a Foundation
4 The Old Wells (Eric Ball)
5 Variants on St. Francis (David Chaulk) David Church, euphonium soloist
6 The Cross (Erik Leidzén)
  The Pilgrim Way (Eric Ball)
7       I. The Pilgrim Song
8       II. Invocation
9       III. Joy of Heart
  The Holberg Suite (Edvard Grieg)
10       Praeludium (trans. Steve Kellner)
11       Sarabande (trans. Robert C. Schramm)
12       Gavotte/Musette (trans. Robert C. Schramm)
13       Rigadoun (trans. Eric Alexander)
14 From Every Stormy Wind (Brian Hogg)
15 Victorious (Dean Goffin) Lars-Otto Ljungholm, cornet soloist
16 My Strength, My Tower (Dean Goffin)
17 In the King’s Service (Erik Leidzén)

On Tour (1989)

On Tour (1989)

On Tour (1989)

Commemorative recording for the National Capital Band’s tour of New Zealand and Australia in 1989. This three-week tour was the first extended international travel by the band since 1974.

All tracks conducted by Bandmaster Stephen Bulla, except track 7 conducted by Deputy Bandmaster Robert C. Schramm. Recorded in the Alexandria Citadel (Virginia) Corps hall, 3 – 4 March 1989.

  • Cover Design: Phil Ovuka
  • Engineer: Ted Marshall
  • Photo Layout: David Church
  • Program Notes: Stephen Bulla

Tracks

1 National Fanfare (James Curnow) 2:06
2 The Salvationist (Erik Silfverberg) 3:32
3 Introduction and Allegro Spiritoso (Senaille, arr. Robert C. Schramm & William Himes) Eric Alexander, trombone soloist 3:38
4 Infinite Grace (Paul Kellner) 2:52
5 Heavenbound – Movement II (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist 3:41
6 Rhapsody on St. Denio (James Cheyne) 4:24
7 Handel in the Strand (Percy Grainger, arr. Robert C. Schramm) Stephen Bulla, piano soloist 4:16
8 My Shepherd (Brenton Broadstock) Trombone Feature 3:56
  Crowns of the Spirit (Stephen Bulla)
9       I. Crown of Faith 2:47
10       II. Crown of Thorns 4:44
11       III. Crown of Victory 4:08
12 Jubilation (Terry Camsey) 2:26

Songs from the States (1988)

Conducted by Stephen Bulla.

Tracks

1 The Southern Spirit (James Curnow) 3:22
2 Lord of the Dance (Ray Steadman-Allen) 2:06
3 Call of the Seasons (Philip Catelinet) Steve Kellner, euphonium soloist 9:56
4 The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte, arr. William Gordon) 2:53
5 Praise God in His Temple (Brian Hogg) 5:41
6 Dalarö (Edward Gregson) 2:55
7 March Fantasia (Eric Alexander) 8:18
8 To Win the World – Double Trio (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, Ken Luyk, Campbell Robinson – cornets
Eric Alexander, Patrick Morris, Howard Hastings – trombones
5:05
9 Filled by the Spirit (James Curnow) 3:40
  Songs from the States (James Curnow)
10       Jimmy Crack Corn 3:17
11       Erie Canal 2:59
12       Aura Lee 4:13
13       Bound for the Promised Land 4:34

Premier Brass (1987)

Premier Brass (1987)

Premier Brass (1987)

The first recording made by the National Capital Band under the baton of Bandmaster Stephen Bulla. Produced on cassette only.

Tracks

A 1 Fanfare Prelude on “A Mighty Fortress” (Eric Alexander)  
A 2 Victory for Me (Wilfred Heaton)  
A 3 Spirit of Freedom (William Himes)  
A 4 Thine Alone (James Curnow) Horn Feature
A 5 Crossroad (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist
A 6 Constant Companion (Lloyd Reslow)  
B 1 Hillcrest (Bruce Broughton)  
B 2 Concertino for Band and Trombone (Erik Leidzén) Eric Alexander, trombone soloist
B 3 Amidst His Love (Stephen Bulla)  
B 4 Themes from the Fifth Symphony (Franz Schubert, arr. Brian Bowen)  
B 5 Postlude Pastorale (Robert C. Schramm)  

Golden Daybreak (1978)

Cover of Golden Daybreak (1978)

Golden Daybreak (1978)

The first recording released by the band (then known as the National Capital Area Band), conducted by A. Campbell Robinson. LP only, recorded in 1978 at the Prince George’s Corps in Maryland. As has become a tradition with the band’s recordings, the album featured a number of previously unrecorded or under-recorded items. Seven of the ten items are by composers who were members of the band, and only four of the ten items had previously been published.

An interesting fact about this recording is that the company that pressed the discs applied the labels to the wrong sides, so that the side labeled Side One is actually Side Two.

Tracks

1 Camp Ladore (Ivor Bosanko)   2:31
2 At the Foot of the Cross (Robert C. Schramm)   6:14
3 His Matchless Love (Robert C. Schramm)   7:52
4 Emmaus (Robert C. Schramm)   2:12
5 He Lives! (Paul Kellner)   2:29
6 Golden Daybreak (Paul Kellner)   2:31
7 Lord, With My All I Part (Robert C. Schramm) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist 3:27
8 On the Road (Howard Davies)   8:11
9 Gwenith Gwyn (Robert C. Schramm) Robert C. Schramm, euphonium soloist 3:24
10 Spirit of Praise (George Marshall)   3:20
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