No more Gray days at Leyland

It appears that the partnership between Russell Gray and Leyland has come to an end.


With just weeks to go before their appearance at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass series in Manchester, and with the 2008 North West Regional Championships looming on the horizon, sources have informed 4BR that Russell Gray has resigned his position with Leyland Band.

Conducting schedule

4BR understands that the Scot, who took Leyland to their greatest success in their history when they won the National Championships of Great Britain in 2005, resigned his position following disagreement over his proposed conducting schedule with the band up to the North West Regional Championships.

4BR understands that the Scot resigned his position following disagreement over his proposed conducting schedule with the band up to the North West Regional Championships4BR


Sources state that with him taking Desford at the forthcoming Butlins Championship as well as working with Carlton Main Frickley and Fishburn for their forthcoming Regional appearances, allied to his established on going commitments, concerns were aired over the schedule proposed for Leyland.


4BR was informed that this resulted in a meeting taking place where the decision was made to end their partnership — a decision that means the band has been forced to find a new conductor for their forthcoming appearance at the Festival of Brass weekend in under three weeks time.

Succesful partnership

In the past few years the partnership between the busy Scotsman (who is currently studying for an MA in orchestral conducting), who is a former principal cornet player with the band, has seen rejuvenation in fortunes, following a difficult period after Leyland lost their long term sponsorship.


However, sources have told 4BR that they understood that he was to have relinquished some of those extra commitments after the forthcoming regional events in order to concentrate his time with the band.

National win

The 2005 National win was the immediate culmination of the partnerships success, although the band also won the North West Regional title under his command the same year.

Further prize winning performances have enhanced the bands reputation and they are currently ranked 11 in the World of Brass/4BR World rankings, although they have yet to regain their position back at the British Open following relegation to the Grand Shield in 2003.


No official announcement has been made from either party at present although 4BR understands that Howard Evans has been approached to take the band at the Festival of Brass.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    

Swiss National

Results: 2021 Swiss National Championships

November 29 • Valaisia Brass Band Rejoice once again as they retain their Swiss National title with divisional honours to Ensemble de Cuivres Euphonia; Brass Band Bern; Brass Band Feldmusik Escholzmatt; Musik Frohsinn Oberburg Jugend Brass Band Oberer Sempachersee

Perth Concert Hall

Result: 2021 Band Supplies Scottish Challenge Shield

November 28 • Kingdom Brass completes 2021 with a National & Scottish Challenge Shield double as they claim victory in Perth.

Perth Concert Hall

Report & Result: 2021 Besson Scottish Open

November 27 • A Gallery full of outstanding musical portraits sees Whitburn claim the Scottish Open title for a seventh successive year.


Yorkshire Youth continues reinvigorated progress

November 26 • The Yorkshire Youth Band has met up again to showcase their progress and enhance their skill sets under the team of Black Dyke Band stars.

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Wind Ensemble

Friday 26 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ

York Railway Institute Band - Richard Marshall

Friday 26 November • York St John University Chapel. York. North Yorkshire YO31 7EX

Bodmin Town Band - Switch on of Christmas lights, Mount Folly, Bodmin

Friday 26 November • Mount Folly, Bodmin PL312DQ

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 27 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Contest: Scottish Open 2021

Saturday 27 November • Mill Street, Perth

The Marple Band

November 29 • Want a change of scene. We're a friendly group of 1st Section musicians who are looking for a Bb Bass player, variety of cornets(depending on experience), 2nd Horn, 2nd Trombone and kit percussion. We are currently preparing for NW Regionals.

Wotton and District Silver Band

November 28 • Vacancy for PERCUSSIONIST.

Lindley Band

November 28 • CORNET and HORN PLAYERS required in our friendly First Section band which enjoys a balanced mix of concerts and contests. We are located just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24. Post Code HD3 3JE. Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings 8.00 to 10.00pm.

Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator


 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd