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



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.


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.


"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


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.

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor