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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.

Heritage High School

Bolsover announces 2018 draws

June 17 • The draws for the 2018 Bolsover Festival of Brass have been announced.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

June 17 • More great brass band music from Phillip Hunt down in Cornwall.


Report & Results: 2018 West of England Bandsmans Contest

June 17 • The Bugle call of victory is sounded for a 31st time for St Dennis as they take the honours at Molinnis Park, as Bodmin, Camborne Junior, Bugle, Okehampton, St Austell Youth and Soundhouse Brass Juniors claim section awards.

Ray Farr

Ray Farr to give free conducting lessons...

June 17 • Ray Farr is making his acclaimed 'Introduction to Conducting' book available free on his website.

Sherborne Town Youth Band - Sherborne Town Band

Sunday 17 June • Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, DORSET, DT9 3NW DT9 3NW

Roberts Bakery Band - Brass on the Grass

Sunday 17 June • Congleton Park. Park Road. Congleton. Cheshire. CW12 1JG

Trinity Girls Brass Band -

Sunday 17 June • Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9BH

Leicestershire Co-op Band - Leicestershire Co-op Snibston Brass Band take cent

Sunday 17 June • Century Theatre. Ashby Road. Coalville . Leicestershire. LE67 3LN LE67 3LN

The Fairey Band -

Sunday 17 June • Playhouse Theatre. Marine Ave. Whitley Bay. NE26 1LZ. United Kingdom NE261LZ

Ripon City band

June 17 • Ripon City Band require EEb Bass, Bb Cornet and Percussion (Kit and/or tuned). We are a welcoming First Section band with a varied programme of engagements and contests. We rehearse in Ripon on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.40.

Glossop Old Band

June 16 • Glossop Old Band is looking to appoint a new Musical Director. We are a friendly first section band with some contesting and a good mix of concerts. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings 8.00-10.00pm at our Band Club at Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP

Bradwell Silver band

June 15 • Bradwell Silver Band invites applicants for a seat in our Solo Cornet section.. Currently L&SC 4th Section Regional Champions and are promoted to 3rd section in 2019, we are a friendly, contesting band with a sensible list of engagements.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer