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YBS announce Solo Euph

YBS have made the eagerly awaited announcement of who takes over from Morgan Griffiths.


The eagerly awaited news has finally emerged from the bandroom of the Yorkshire Building Society band that the appointment has been made of their new Solo Euphonium player.

The news was announced to the band at rehearsal tonight (Monday 14th) that Michael Howley, who has for the past year been playing as second euphonium to Morgan Griffiths will be taking over the coveted position forthwith.

Speaking exclusively to 4BR tonight, Musical Director David King was delighted with the appointment and felt that he has now got hold of a real rising euphonium star. “Michael has grasped the opportunity superbly and there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a real asset to the band in the coming years. I have no doubts that he has the qualities to become one of the finest euphonium players of his generation”.

Although there have been many rumours concerning the successor to Morgan Griffiths, the appointment of Michael Howley confirms the real progress he has made under the guidance of David King since he came to the band just a year ago, following a brief and unsettled period as Principal Euphonium at Williams Fairey.

That six month period saw his confidence dented, but his rehabilitation both at YBS and under the tutelage of Stephen Mead at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is now in his second year has been completed, and he has grasped a real opportunity for himself with a vigour and skill.

Michael Howey, a proud Yorkshireman is a product of the Wakefield based Gawthorpe 85 band where he started playing as an 8 year old. He then progressed to become the Principal Euphonium at the Rothwell Temperence Band at the tender age of 15 before making the move to Williams Fairey at 19. That enlightening experience of the very top level of banding has served him well though, and he came to YBS intent on rebuilding his confidence and becoming a much more rounded player.

That application has now paid off with David King now giving him the opportunity to make a real name for himself with his appointment to one of the most prestigious positions in the brass banding world, at the current British Open and European champions.


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