Tour of Holland 1947 - Part 2



Speaking of the programme given in the Orange Church in the afternoon:

After a few words by Bandmaster Mountain The Canadian March is begun. The trained listener is immediately carried away and surprised by the development of the march. The close team work of the cornets is in contrast to the flowing melody, 0 Canada. The clarity of the bass work and the effective trombone solo are typical of the best English brass banding. Bandmaster Mountain inspires his men. His movements are dynamic, yet controlled. Meanwhile, not the technically heavy and musically acrobatical pieces, such as Phil Catelinet's cornet trio, The Heralds, satisfy the listeners. Much bravura makes the playing too 'thick'. The band excels in the con gracia passages.

In Lt. Col. Coles' arrangement Moments with Tchaikovsky and Eric Ball's King of Kings Bandmaster Mountain leads his men to the heights of musical expression. The sonorous basses and the trombones, with the rich toned bass trombone, made a delightful background for the beautiful light instruments and the silver toned soprano. Here are shown the possibilities of brass band playing. We returned home richer, knowing that Salvation Army music has a power to aid men in their faith.

Major Van Dalen writing in The Musician, 1947

Speaking of the Monday midday broadcast programme:

The excellent playing of Under Two Flags and My Jesus were features of the broadcast programme. Tucker was brilliantly played by Deputy Bandmaster Walker. For the first time Dutch Salvationists heard an arrangement of the first movement of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. We were astonished at the well balanced rendering of this masterwork. It was a thrill. The finishing number was Bandmaster Mountain's own Servicemen - a fine, cheerful march.

Major Van Dalen (quoting Bandmaster B. Verkaaik) writing in The Musician, 1947