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More Player Moves for Xmas

One King leaves as the Police get a Fodens man on the beat. All this and more..


Andrew King, the Principal Trombonist of the Leyland Band has left the band. The amazingly talented young man, who this year won the British Open Solo Championships for the second year in succession, leaves after feeling he was unable to give the full time commitment to the band in the New Year.

Andrew will be flying off to Australia in the New Year to represent the UK at the Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year Contest as well as him trying to secure important academic exam results so that he can go to a top rated Conservatoire this year.

Meanwhile news reaches us that Toby Bannan, the highly rated bass trombone player at Fodens has left the band and has joined the South Yorkshire Police Ban based in Rotherham. Toby also takes on the added responsibility of becoming bandmaster of the band he first joined as a teenager some years ago. The move means that he is now much closer to home and for the time being will still see him make the long trek to Sandbach to continue to help Fodens out over the Xmas and New Year period.

Further news on the Euphonium front sees Morgan Griffiths join his brother at the newly constituted ranks of Williams Fairey. No news yet of his replacement at YBS but it could be a big name player.

Brighouse and Rastrick however are in the happy position of being able to announce that Nick Payne who has been playing Principal Cornet for the band for the best part of the last year has been offered and has accepted the top man position with the band on a full time basis. Nick’s performances have been of a constantly high level during a year in which the band as a whole has had as many ups as downs. Nick also led the band with a great degree of assured playing when they took the All England Masters Crown in May.

Meanwhile Pennine Brass has sent out a press release to confirm that Ian Porthouse will continue to lead the band from the rostrum during the year to come even though he has taken over the top chair at Williams Fairey, and BAYV Cory have also released a press statement to welcome Joanne Dean to their ranks as their new flugel horn player in the New Year.

Pennine have also announced that they have signed three new players in the shape of Mike Fox on solo euphonium, Peter Denton on Eb bass and Phil Sanders on cornet.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

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Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.

Concert - Brass in Concert Gala Concert

Friday 17 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Billingham Forum Theatre

Saturday 18 November • Billingham Forum Theatre. Queensway. Stockton-on-Tees. TS23 2LJ

Barnsley Metropolitan Band - Michael Dodd, soloist , Hepworth, Stannington....

Saturday 18 November • Elsecar Heritage Centre (Ironworks), Barnsley S74 8HJ

Cory Band - Brass in Concert Gala Concert

Saturday 18 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

East London Brass

November 17 • Champ band under their INSPIRATIONAL MD Jayne Murrill are looking for a top quality BASS TROMBONE player to join our team. Lots of exciting projects (concerts and contests) lined up in the next 2 years.

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator