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Benton, Robin

Benton, Robin

Robin was born in Nottingham and studied music at London University and Bath Spa University. He has an ARCM diploma in Military Bandmastership. He learned the G Bass Trombone as a teenager, later switching to Tenor Trombone and playing in orchestras, theatre bands and big bands. As a schoolteacher he ran a children's Wind Band, which won a McDonald's 'Child of Achievement Award' for their performance of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'. Robin's march 'The Music Makers' was premiered by the Royal Doulton Band after it won the Owen Owen Composing Competition. In 2006 he enjoyed conducting his prize-winning 'March of the Heroes' (scored for Handbells and Brass) at the 12th International Handbell Symposium in Brisbane, and is looking forward to conducting his march 'Olympic Gold' (also scored for Handbells and Brass) at the 2012 Symposium in Liverpool. In 2008 he was a winner in the British Trombone Society's Composing Competition and his 'Dance Suite' for Junior Trombone Quartet was premiered by trombone players from the Black Dyke Band. Robin's music for instruments and voices is published in both the UK and the USA. Now retired, as well as composing and arranging, Robin enjoys playing Trombone in the Bath Community Big Band and is an active member of the Bath Archery Club. His compositions include three works for orchestra and a number of pieces for small ensembles.

Sheet Music Pieces

Verdi - Grand March from Aida (Brass Quintet)
Order Code: B&D13802

Arranged by Robin Benton, all brass players and their audiences should enjoy this rousing well known March from Verdi's 1871 grand opera Aida. The Egyptian army has returned from its victory over the Ethiopians and the melodies are suitably triumphant in style. The first melody ends with trumpet fanfares leading to the well known second melody which is repeated in a higher key. The opening theme returns and the March ends with a rousing coda.

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Wagner - March of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (Brass Quintet)
Order Code: B&D13801

This arrangement by Robin Benton uses just two of the numerous themes from Richard Wagner's overture to his 1868 opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. The opening theme represents the Mastersingers themselves. This dignified melody is stated and then developed contrapuntally, leading to the second theme - this theme is used in the opera for the entry of the Mastersingers. The music builds to a climax that introduces a short reprise of the majestic Mastersingers theme, and triumphant fanfares bring the piece to a rousing finish.

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