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As Geoffrey Brand celebrates his 90th Birthday G & M Brand Publications are delighted to bring you:
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 1
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 2
Latest Music Releases:Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Today's Featured Composer:
Lieutenant-Colonel Rodney Bashford
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Lt. Col. Rodney Bashford began his musical career at the age of five, learning the pianoforte, then playing the french horn later at school. He joined the British Army as a horn player in 1932. From 1936 to 1938 he was with his regiment in Palestine (now Israel) where he was fortunate enough to study with members of the newly-formed Palestine Symphony Orchestra, and to attend all their rehearsals under Wilhelm Steinberg and Toscanini.
The world war delayed Colonel Bashford's entry as a student-bandmaster to Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music, until 1946. He graduated as bandmaster of a famous cavalry regiment in 1949, and in 1954 became staff bandmaster at Kneller Hall. In 1960 he was appointed Director of Music of the Grenadier Guards where he served until 1970. In that year he was appointed Chief Instructor and Director of Music at Kneller Hall.
On his retirement from the army in 1974, after 42 years service, Colonel Bashford remained on the staff of Kneller Hall as professor of conducting and curator of the museum and archives until 1982, and continued to be active until his death.