STARS AND STRIPES: CANADIAN BRASS SALUTE AMERICA CD
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“Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America” features the world’s most famous and top-selling brass ensemble in a rousing selection of works including Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Hail Columbia, Shenandoah and You’re A Grand Old Flag. Military Might features the official hymns of the five branches of the military – US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and the US Marine Corps. Additional highlights include two versions of the National Anthem – the classic version as well as an original 1814 version – a unique opportunity to hear the development of our nation’s song. Plus, O Canada, a musical gift to the Brass’s American friends! For “Stars & Stripes” they are joined by a battery of thrilling percussion featuring members of Nexus, the world renowned percussion ensemble. Performing on an unprecedented array of rope field drums, snare drums, bass drums and cymbals are Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger, Ryan Scott and Robin Engelman. Musical arrangements are by Howard Cable,Brandon Ridenour, Christopher Coletti and David Martin.
Stars and Stripes Forever
Military Might - Five Military Branch Anthems
The Star Spangled Banner (1814 Baltimore)
A George M. Cohan Salute
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
The Star Spangled Banner
America the Beautiful
My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Drums of Liberty
O Canada (A gift to Americans)
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excellent compositions of traditional patriotic music. Nice mix of songs.
This is without a doubt the most inspired music by the Canadian Brass I have listened to. A must for my Independence Day celebration!
Great CD. Great variety. Loved the last one: O Canada!
On this disk, the CB have captured the essence of American patriotic composers such as George M. Cohan and John Philip Sousa et al. Very tight and concise. It's always a joy to hear this music played properly with the correct dynamics. You continue to be my favorite musical group. Bravo!
Wow, who knew the Canadians felt this way about us? Here are 16 over-the-top tracks, featuring replica drums from the Colonial and Civil War eras, all toasting America. The drums were custom-made in Vermont, and you hear them to best advantage in “Drums of Liberty,” a salute to the drummers on the battlefield over the centuries. (Our own Father Baker was one, as a teenager, at Gettysburg.) The notes have all kinds of trivia. Who knew that an early advocate for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as our national anthem was Buffalo Bill, who played it at all his Wild West shows? Or that the jaunty, likable “Dixie” was originally an anti-slavery song by a Northerner? The themes all get impressive, imaginative treatment with their dashing fanfares and imaginative touches. The flat-footed “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” gets a burst of panache from a few bars of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”Hmm. All this is making me uneasy. They must want something from us.
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Our friends to north, Canada Brass, honor America with Stars & Stripes – Canadian Brass Salute America, an album of patriotic and American classics featuring the brass supported by a battery of drums and percussion. The album is pure Americana – with the classic Sousa march Stars & Stripes Forever kicking off the celebration, followed by Military Might, a rousing parade of the five military branch anthems. The album has a historical feel to it with stops in colonial times – Chester, Hail Columbia (the first National Anthem!) and My Country, ’Tis of Thee, the move westward - with a buttery and elegant take on Shenandoah, the Civil War era - The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a stirring When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Dixie’s Land, and up to the present with a rousing George M. Cohan Salute, America the Beautiful and the march National Emblem and its pounding low brass theme. The album also includes two versions of the Star Spangled Banner – an early 1814 version and the “official” version. The Canadian Brass once again show off the reason they are known as “the world’s most famous brass ensemble” – the arrangements demonstrate fully their incredible expertise and virtuosity and all the tracks are played with spirit and sparkle. The recording sound is, once again, exceptional. This is one of the best from the Canadian Brass!