Stars & Stripes

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, the popular brass quintet serves up a program of the most famous patriotic tunes, including the Sousa march of the title and other marches and songs from United States history, and adds some Canadian pride at the end with a rendition of "O Canada." This is the kind of bright, upbeat entertainment Canadian Brass excels at, and the arrangements of such standards as "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" are freshly conceived and in many cases made more stirring through the new presentation. Included also are medleys of the United States military anthems and patriotic ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, the popular brass quintet serves up a program of the most famous patriotic tunes, including the Sousa march of the title and other marches and songs from United States history, and adds some Canadian pride at the end with a rendition of "O Canada." This is the kind of bright, upbeat entertainment Canadian Brass excels at, and the arrangements of such standards as "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" are freshly conceived and in many cases made more stirring through the new presentation. Included also are medleys of the United States military anthems and patriotic songs by George M. Cohan, so there are actually more melodies than the number of tracks might suggest. There are a few touches of the group's characteristic humor, but because the mood of the album is overwhelmingly martial and often dignified, this is controlled and there are no silly hijinks to take away from the album's respectful tone. In addition to the familiar brass instruments, replica drums, and percussion appropriate to the respective historical periods are used, and the big sound of a marching band is approximated in many spots, thanks to resonant acoustics and exceptional recording and mixing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Opening Day Ent
  • UPC: 776143738222
  • Catalog Number: 7382
  • Sales rank: 254,299

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Canadian Brass Primary Artist, Ensemble
Russ Hartenberger Percussion, Drums
Robin Engelman Cymbals
Bob Becker Percussion, Drums
Ryan Scott Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Calixa Lavallée Composer
Howard Cable Arranger, Composer
Robin Engelman Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Joseph S. Szurly Liner Notes
David Martin Arranger
Brandon Ridenour Arranger
Mary Beth Daellenbach Producer
Dixon Van Winkle Executive Producer, Mastering
American Traditional Composer
Chris Coletti Arranger
Philippe Fages Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Put a spring in your step with Canadian Brass this summer!

    Canadian Brass have conquered many genres of music in their storied careers, here they pay homage to their neighbors to the south - the USA - in a rousing album of patriotic songs, stirring marches and jubliant celebration!
    From the opening track, Stars & Stripes, the now-famous Canadian Brass sound is on full display. This brassy and fun album not only honors America but also offers a quick musical trip from colonial times to the civil war and then right up to today.
    The Brass is joined, possibly for the first time, by an excellent battery of percussion - members of the Toronto-based percussion group Nexus really make this album work and give it an extra zing. There is even a track that features the percussionists sans brass, which gives them plenty of room to show off their impressive stick-work.
    There is something for everyone to celebrate America by - the military anthems, two versions of Star Spangled Banner, the simple My Country 'Tis of Thee, Hail Columbia and America the Beautiful. All well known and all expertly arranged.
    The two marches, Stars & Stripes and National Emblem, are played with gusto and vigor. Shenandoah is a soaring tour de force. And as an added surprise, O Canada is also offered up - as a gift, it says, to Americans!
    Great packaging (love that retro cover!), plenty of notes and overall, another splendid edition to the Canadian Brass (and patriotic) discography. Go get this one!

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