I received my copy of Gary's wonderful Concert & Marching Band library recently and I've now had a chance to explore it a bit. I was 'doodling' at the keyboard recently, when I came up with a tune I haven't heard for some 40 years and I thought it would be a good exercise for me to check out this latest library. I grew up in several British Brass Bands before I went on to study tuba at the RNCM in Manchester, and so this piece is scored for GB Brass Band.
It's an wonderfully sentimental old 'tearjerker' called 'Smiling Through' and I was fortunate enough to hear it played exquisitely by James Shepherd with the world famous Black Dyke Band on a few occasions back in the 60s when he was their Principal Cornet Player and I was still at school.
This short Intro & 2 verse version is my own - (although maybe subliminally somewhere close to the old version Dyke used to perform), extemporized track by track in Sonar, and all instruments are the solo versions except the 2Tuba ensembles. Reverb is the Large Hall in Pantheon.
In, general British Brass Band players play with varying degrees of vibrato, - it's one of the things which characterizes them, so I've used the very useful CC17 and poly aftertouch (simply entered in the piano roll view) to approximate this. (Not on the basses (tubas) though.
Anyway - get your hankerchiefs out and get ready to dry your eyes while listening to my rendition of Arthur A. Penn's (1918) song, Smiling Through