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Composer Andrew Wainwright has been appointed artistic advisor to the Illinois Brass Band.

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British born composer Andrew Wainwright has been named Artistic Advisor to the Illinois Brass Band in the United States.

Exciting times

"This is an exciting time for us," said IBB President William Kaempfe to 4BR. "I believe Andrew’s ability and experience will help take us to the next level of musical excellence."

A long time member of the Salvation Army and currently their Divisional Music Director in Wisconsin, USA, Composer in Residence to Virtuosi GUS Band and Editor of SA Bandsman magazine, Andrew holds a music degree from Middlesex University.

Acclaimed

His composition skills were first recognized in 1997 when he became runner-up in Performance in the UK Arts Channel’s ‘Young Composer of the Year’ competition.

His critically acclaimed projects include arranging Karl Jenkins’ works 'The Armed Man—A Mass for Peace' for brass band, choir, and organ, 'Stabat Mater', and ‘Gloria’ for brass band.

He has also been commissioned by soloists such as Brett Baker, David Daws, David Childs, Chris Jeans, James Fountain, Les Neish and Sheona White and was the organizer of the 'Brass for Africa' concert series, which raised nearly £12,000 for various African projects.

As a performer, he has played in numerous ensembles including Cory and Virtuosi GUS bands, and participated in tours of Europe, North America and Africa.

Thrilled

"I know I speak for everyone in the IBB when I say that we are thrilled to have Andrew's expertise, talent, and brass band wisdom in our corner," said IBB Music Director and Principal Conductor Stephen Squires.

"Andrew is a gifted composer and arranger with a unique and creative flair. We are so pleased that he will be sharing his magical touch with us and with our audiences."

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with a band of this calibreComposer, Andrew Wainwright

Delighted

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Wainwright told 4BR: "I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with a band of this calibre.

IBB is a band with an exciting future and I am sure the partnership will be mutually beneficial, as well as helping to strengthen links with the SA."

British style

The Illinois Brass Band, now in its 22nd concert season, is an all-volunteer, British-style brass band partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council.

Winner of six North American Brass Band Championships, the IBB plays approximately 20 concerts a year in venues throughout the Chicago area.



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