Jubilee Overture

Jubilee Overture was commissioned for the fiftieth anniversary of the British-based GUS Brass Band and first performed by them at the bandís Golden Jubilee Concert in 1983, Keith Wilkinson conducting.  It was transcribed for wind band in 1984.

The work opens with a two-part fanfare - a brass flourish followed by a reflective chorale for the winds.  This builds to a climax as the flourish returns. A lively allegro follows, with many changes of meter and a robust tune from the horns and saxophones. Eventually a cantabile tune emerges from the middle of the band, which everyone then plays before the allegro returns.  A brief repeat of the opening fanfare precedes a presto coda.