A Short Ride in a Brass Machine


An exciting and dynamic work ideal for opening a concert or creating an impact!

…thrill a minute style! – Iwan Fox, 4BarsRest.com

A PDF download version of this work is available.


A Short Ride in a Brass Machine was written in 2006 to mark the 140th anniversary of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band and first performed in the Central Methodist Church in Brighouse by Brighouse and Rastrick conducted by James Gourlay. The title refers to the orchestral composition A Short Ride in A Fast Machine by the American composer John Adams which provided some of the inspiration for the work. The music is a simple celebratory prelude consisting of two main ideas, an expansive melody full of open fifths (giving the music a slightly “American” feel) and a short fanfare figure. After these are both heard for the first time a brief development of the fanfare material leads to a broader, warm harmonisation of the opening melody and the pulse relaxes a little before tension builds to a reiteration of the fanfare and a final triumphant version of the opening theme.

Performance Notes:

Percussion instruments required are 4 Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, 3 Tom-toms, 3 Wood Blocks, Suspended Cymbal, Clash Cymbals, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Tam-tam.

Soprano, repiano, 2nd solo cornet, 2nd and 3rd cornets will require metal straight mutes; 2nd and 3rd cornets will require harmon mutes with the tubes removed (indicated by ‘TR’).

Duration approximately 3’30”

Follow the score in the preview video below!

Additional information

Weight 0.65 kg
Dimensions 32 × 22.5 × 2.5 cm

Printed, PDF Download


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.


Go to Top