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.
work opens with a two-part fanfare - a brassy flourish followed by a reflective
chorale. This builds
to a climax as the flourish returns. A lively allegro follows, starting with the
band's initials - G U (Ut = C) S (Es = E flat). It features are the many changes
of meter and a robust tune from the middle of the band. 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.