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.
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.