'Wishing Lions Band and Nigel Birch all the very best with their performance in Montreux! Enjoy the whole experience of playing at the Euros!!' Andy
Andy Scott was commissioned to write Blue Phantom for Lions Youth Brass Band, directed by Nigel Birch, for world premiere at the European Brass Band Championships (Youth Section) in Montreux, Switzerland, on Sunday 28th April 2019. In the 1970 World Cup the England goalkeeper Gordon Banks
made an incredible save from the Brazilian superstar Pele, who described the moment as Banks flew across his goal as like seeing a ‘blue phantom’. The title seems especially appropriate given both the style of music (originating from Brazil) and the fact that Lions Youth Band are based in Sandbach, the nearest big town being Stoke, where Banks was a legend for Stoke City FC, and where he sadly passed away in early 2019.
Blue Phantom opens with a reflective solo for flugelhorn before moving into a 3/2 samba. Groovy and catchy melodies and riffs ensure that this is a piece that both performers and audiences enjoy! A notated solo for trombone may be improvised if preferred, and the return of the opening flugelhorn melody to conclude the piece, this time over a groove, lends itself to additional singing and choreography.
The piece is published and available from Astute Music HERE
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