Harrison Spinks

The team at Firm Music were asked by Brass Advertising Agency to write a new piece of music to accompany the new TV and Web advertising campaign for luxury bed makers Harrison Spinks.

My brief was to write something of a Hip-hop / American marching band mashup, which would eventually be recorded and played by Hyde Park Brass.

I began writing in my usual way by multi tracking and playing each part individually.

I had to write for specific instrumentation as this would then be replaced by Hyde Park Brass.

2 trumpets

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

2 Trombones

Sousaphone

2 Percussion

Once the demos had been approved, I scored out the notation and traveled up to The Firm HQ in Leeds to record the brass.

Here's a behind the scenes of the recording session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8U9on6aLwA

Here's the finished advert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PUirk_PL6o

I loved the sousaphone so much, I went straight to ebay and bought a cheap one from India

New Trumpet

OK, so my old Conn trumpet has been retired, so after much research, I decided to get a new on built.

I visited Taylor Trumpets in Norwich www.taylortrumpets.com

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As Good As Gold

Children from across the city have provided the inspirational words for the official Swansea 2014 song, released to mark one month until the championships begin. Good As Gold was composed by Andrew Griffiths.

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Blog posts from Andrew and AGM Productions.

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A memorium...

After years of dedicated service, it is with sadness that that my faithful trumpet is starting to show signs of old age. Over the years I have used this instrument on an almost countless range of recordings and live perfomances and it truly has served me well. My parents bought it for me when I was 14, after I was awarded a schollarship to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and it has been played nearly every day since.  Unfortunately however metal does corrode, and maybe it's time to say our parting farewells.

I have spoken to many trumpet restoration experts to see if there is a way forward and to see whether repair is a viable option. 

Also, my 1940s soprano sax is with the sax doctor at the moment, I'll keep you posted to let you know if it pulls through.

 

 

 

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