On Friday October 5th I went to hear the legendary Foden’s band on the eve of the National Finals at the Albert Hall. At about 6:45 I got a call from Gary Curtin, principal euphonium with Foden’s, asking me to play 2nd Euph in the concert, as Mark Bousie was stuck on a train. It was a nerve-wracking experience, sight reading all the pieces, and it’s been a long time since my professional playing days. However, I was blown away: first by just what a great band they are, but secondly (and more important in my book) was just what a great bunch of people they are. Fortunately Mark made it for the second half, so I was able to listen to the band from the audience for the remainder of the concert. The following day Foden’s stormed to a famous victory in the National Brass Band Championships. Fast forward a month and you find me in my studio, contemplating what to compose next. I’d been mulling over the idea of writing a contemporary concert march, and I decided to celebrate that weekend by dedicating the march to Foden’s. When it came to naming the piece, that was easy. There was only one choice: ‘Champion!’. I’m delighted to day that Foden’s have accepted the piece and I look forward to them performing it. This demo was recorded by me, tracking up all the parts in my studio.