The 19th Century was a time of great pioneering spirit, where developments in industry, and transport were to begin a process, which was to transform societies around the world beyond recognition.
In the vast, so-called “New World” of America these changes were exemplified as the railways spread out to reach hitherto remote and largely unexplored expanses.
Steve Robson has written Pioneers as a three movement piece for brass and percussion ensemble (and also now available as a full brass band version), written in the spirit of John Philip Sousa (1854 – 1932), Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864) and Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917).
The three movements have been written for the following instrumentation:
- 2 x Bb cornet
- 1 x flugelhorn
- 1 x Eb Tenor Horn
- 1 x tenor trombone
- 1 x euphonium
- 1 x Eb Bass
- drumkit and percussion
and consist of:
- March – The US Marine Band (1880)
- Spiritual – I’m Lookin’ Up To Heaven
- Ragtime – Canonball Rag