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Song for the Frontline

All proceeds from this product up to July 1st will be donated to the NHS.

Sheet Music download of score and all band parts in PDF format

Song for the Frontline was composed in April 2020 during the UK’s lockdown imposed to limit the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. Amongst many other consequences, the lockdown brought about the end of ensemble rehearsals and as such, Song for the Frontline was released as the third of Foden’s ‘Stay at Home Banding’ performances. Written to help raise funds for the NHS and other frontline services, the music was recorded by band members individually at home with the ‘premiere’ given on Thursday 16th April 2020 alongside a video featuring colleagues working with the Police, Fire services, the NHS and within other frontline roles.

The music is a reflective ballad with a catchy motif that unifies the verse, whilst the chorus builds to highlight the emotional context of the time in which it was written. The piece is composed to be accessible both to the listener and performer hopefully allowing all the opportunity to take part and enjoy the music.

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John Barber is Principal Trombone with the world famous Foden's Band, a position he has proudly held since being appointed to it in 1996.

Having undertaken the joint course run in conjunction with the RNCM and Manchester University, he has subsequently performed with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Raymond Gubbay Orchestra and the Welsh National Orchestra whilst non-orchestral playing includes performing with Elton John, Rod Stewart, Liza Minelli, The Gypsy Kings, Paul Anka and with Gloria Estefan on the Xfactor.

John has been the trombone tutor to both the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and is presently Director of the Love Music Trust, the lead partner of the music education hub in Cheshire East.

In 1997 John studied for an MA in composition and arranging at Salford University with Peter Graham and Robin Dewhurst and has written for many different ensembles and soloists. Highlights include writing and arranging the multi-award winning 'Memories of Christmas' album featuring Foden's and Matthew Ford, commissions for the NSO Symphony Orchestra, Southern Counties Youth Band and writing and arranging the Foden's 2018 World of Brass gala concert at the Sage, Gateshead. His compositions and arrangements have been played in many countries around the world.

Brass Band

Percussion (2 players):
Drum Set

Additional Information

Composer John Barber
Duration 2 minutes - 4 minutes
Publisher Foden's Band