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New MD for St Albans City Band

The Saints get a new man to direct things for 2003


St Albans' City Brass Band, still celebrating their promotion to the 2nd Section of the UK's brass band rankings, are delighted to announce the appointment of a their new Musical Director, Stuart Garman, following Bill Rumford’s retirement. Bill had guided the band from the 4th to the 2nd Section in just 3 years and the band would like to express their sincere thanks for all his efforts during this time and wish him the very best for the future.

Stuart Garman was brought up in the Salvation Army brass band world and, with the renowned Enfield Band, played in many of the world’s famous concert halls and took part in numerous radio, television and studio recordings. On the soprano cornet, Stuart gained an international reputation which including a period with the Sun Life band. Stuart also had a very successful spell conducting the Thornbury Band in Bristol.

The band are currently busy in preparation for a number of Christmas engagements in the Hertfordshire area. The band fulfil a number of regular engagements in and around the county and have recently received excellent press reviews for their contribution towards the Harpenden Music Festival and a collaborative concert with the St Albans Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Balshazzar’s Feast.

If you might be interested to be part of the organisation’s continuing development, St Albans City Band would be pleased to hear from you. The band are currently looking for a Principal Trombone, but are always interested to hear from good quality brass players.

For further information on St Albans City Band please contact Richard Banks on 07836 215148 (email


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April 26 • The Hepworth Band has a vacancy for solo horn. We rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays 8pm and are based in Hepworth, near Holmfirth, Huddersfield

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April 26 • Kippax Band. Require a Musical Director. Due to the work and family commitments of our current MD, Kippax Band are looking for a new Musical Director to take us forward.. We rehearse Monday and Thursday at our own bandroom in Kippax 8.00-10.00pm.

The Corsham Band

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John Ward

Conductor, Adjudicator