Cross Flourishes

Stephen Bulla


Cross Flourishes was written for the album 'Cross Flourishes' recorded by the trombone sections of the Black Dyke Band and the International Staff Band of The Salvation Army. The music provided the two trombone sections with an upbeat musical dialog, creating an opportunity to represent their respective organisations through musical snippets with which each band is identified.

The "flourishes" appear independently and sometimes mashed together across the ensembles. With all players sharing the honours, it's left to the listener to work out which tune represents which band.


Stephen Bulla began his musical instruction at age 6, growing up in a musical household where his father played tuba and his mother played piano. He eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Composition/Arranging with Herb Pomeroy.

In 1980 he won an audition for the position of Staff Arranger to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next thirty years he would provide musical scores for a myriad of White House events, beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.

Working alongside film score legend John Williams he has transcribed music from "Star Wars," "Catch Me If You Can," and "Close Encounters" for performances by the Marine Band with the composer conducting. These arrangements are now published for wind band by Hal Leonard Corporation.

He has also scored music for the Discovery Channel (“Wings of the Luftwaffe” and “Century of Flight”) and PBS television series “In Performance At The White House”. On those occasions his arrangements were performed by Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, Shirley Jones, Larry Gatlin, and Jordan Sparks.

His commissioned concert works are performed and recorded internationally. The Dutch, British, Swiss and New Zealand Brass Band Championship organisations have all commissioned test pieces from his pen. He travels frequently as a guest Conductor and Adjudicator, and his published work for band and orchestra can be viewed at for further information.

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