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5 Themes for Your Next Brass Band Concert

Brass Band Concert Themes to Entice Your Audience

Listen, I love ‘Stage and Screen’ or ‘A Night at the Movies’ themes as much as the next bander (I’m working on a similar programme with my band at the moment!), but if you’re looking for a theme for your next brass band concert that is a little bit different, then this is the post for you!

I’ve put together 5 concert themes with suggested programmes and links to where you can buy the scores and parts! 

Each programme will include a mix of recognisable arrangements and original pieces written for brass bands to help showcase everything our fantastic community has to offer!

1) Space Odyssey

From the well-known theme taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie of the same name to moving soloist offerings and spirited adventures to far away galaxies - this programme takes your audience on a whirlwind tour around space!

First Half

Second Half

2) A Disney Spectacular

Photo Credit: Robert Richardson

This is probably my favourite programme of the lot and I would love to see it live. I’ve also tried to feature as many tunes that isn’t ‘A Disney Fantasy’ - I love Goff and it’s a lovely arrangement, but it’s time for some other Disney arrangements to take the spotlight. This programme would be a great introduction for younger audience members into the brass band medium and a great chance for bands to get creative to engage little listeners!

First Half

Second Half

Encore: Bluey Theme Song by Jonathan Bush and arr. By Tim Middleton - this will go down a treat for children in the audience!

3) Big Band Bash!

A celebration of toe-tappin’ swing, dance and jazz classics from days gone by. It would be great to perform these at a venue that has a dance floor or maybe collaborate with a local dance club to bring these pieces to life?

First Half

Second Half

4) Heroes and Villains

From courageous champions to treacherous titans, this programme offers a chance showcase arrangements and original music for brass band in an adventurous way! This theme could also be achieved by utilising arrangements of well-known superhero theme tunes, such as superman or batman - but I wanted to try something different by utilising as many original brass band works as possible.

First Half - Heroes

Second Half - Villains

5) Elemental

This programme takes your audience through an exploration of the 4 elements - earth, wind, water and fire. 

First Half

Second Half

I hope these ideas help to sparke your imagination, if you are ever looking for some ideas for your next concert!

Disclaimer: these programmes are just a suggestion - you can mix and match items to suit the ability of your band. No part of this blog is sponsored by, nor do I have any affiliation with the vendors linked - I just thought it would be useful for anybody looking to buy any of the mentioned pieces! Any pieces I couldn’t find a purchase link for marked with an asterisk.

However, sponsorships are more than welcome for the right business - if you are interested in supporting the blog by sponsoring content, then please email!

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29 мар.

These are some absolutely fabulous combinations! I’m not the biggest Disney fan, but I would be delighted to play this set of Disney music.


Svenja De Klerk
Svenja De Klerk
26 мар.

If you want to purchase Ad Astra by Jacob Vilhelm Larsen you can just send him an e-mail, you can pay using paypal and he'll send you the piece as a PDF. (I've looked into this for our Space-themed concert :D)

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