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Snell Emigrates!

Find out who's gone to NZ and which ex plod has gone to Grimey


OK—It’s Andrew Snell not Howard Snell, but it was worth a try, eh?

The news is that Andrew Snell, the very well respected bass trombone player with Grimethorpe Collliery Band has decided to take the plunge and head off down under to the “Land of the Long White Cloud” (to totally musically misquote Philip Sparke) and take up the position of Musical Director of the Waitakere City Trusts Brass Band in New Zealand.

He’s going to leave these shores sometime at the end of February to take up his baton on the 1st March.

He takes over from Howard Taylor who left the position of Musical Director in December to move to Australia. Waitakere City have had considerable success in the past few years under his baton, including winning the New Zealand Championship in 1999, being runner up in 2000 and 2001 and being the Entertainment Band of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Andy will have a heck of a task ahead of him, but we wish him well.


Grimethorpe have signed Toby Bannan, recently he of the bass trombone of Fodens and latterly of the South Yorkshire Police Band. Toby joins Grimey after a short excursion “on the beat” as bass trombone and bandmaster at the Police. Just enough time then for a few arrests over Xmas, and to send a couple of undesirables for a period of “Her Majesty’s Pleasure”! (Only kidding Officer!) Law and Order eh? Not even the Police can hold onto a prime suspect.


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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

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.

Hatfield Band

November 17 • HATFIELD BAND is seeking first class and dedicated percussion musicians.. . HATFILED BAND are a Championship section band based on the periphery of Doncaster, South Yorkshire and are directed by the influential and charismatic, Mr Stan Lippeatt.

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor