Paul Holland, Alan Morrison & Luc Vertommen
David Hirst & John Maines
David Hirst & Roger Webster
John Doyle & Roger Webster
Gary Davies & John Maines
Gary first became involved in banding at the age of 8 when he joined the Cwmaman Institute Silver Band Junior Section, soon after joining the senior band. Here, Gary played a major role in the bands rise from the 4th section to Championship section, not only as the bands soprano and at times solo cornet player but as secretary and then chairman. At the age of 18 Gary became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales playing soprano under the baton of Mr Bram Tovey.
During his playing career, Gary has won the Grand Shield, gained 5th place in the British Open, and played at the Royal Albert Hall for the National championships of Great Britain, as well as working with many influential conductors such as Cynon Jones, Stan Lippeatt, Steve Bastable, Graham O'Connor, Philip Harper, Nigel Seaman, Jonathan Corry, Michael Fowles and John Hudson.
In 2005 Gary became the Musical Director to the Tylorstown band, a position that he still holds today. During this period the band has seen un-paralleled success. In 2010 the band were crowned 2nd Section Welsh Regional Champions and 2nd section National Champions of Great Britain, a double that was repeated in the 1st Section in 2013.
In 2009, in addition to his commitment with the Tylorstown band, Gary became the MD of the Llwydcoed Band. Under his direction the band gained National promotion from 3rd Section to the 1st Section, qualifying for the Lower Section National finals for 3 consecutive years 2010-2012. During this period, Gary also led the band to the Welsh League 3rd and 2nd Section Titles, also gaining wins in both the 3rd and 2nd Section National Eisteddfod of Wales.
In 2012, Gary commenced adjudication training under the direction of ABBA. In 2013, having completed the necessary training sessions under his mentor — the vastly experienced Mr C Brian Buckley, Gary is delighted to have been offered and has accepted the position of associate member with ABBA,
In 2010 and 2013 Gary was awarded the prestigious Eric James — Welsh conductor of the year award. He is one of only 3 conductors that have held the title twice since inception in 1992.
Gary is a qualified accountant with his own business — so he can fit his banding commitments around work. Gary is married to wife Karen and they have four children together.
John Doyle is heralded as one the UK’s leading performers on the, Cornet, Flugel Horn, Soprano Cornet and Trumpet and is in great demand around the world as a Soloist, Conductor, Adjudicator and Educator.
Heralding from the Lancashire area, John has performed with and conducted some of the country’s leading Bands. He is currently Youth Development and Education Officer, as well as playing Flugel Horn with the Leyland Band but spent 9 years as Black Dyke Band’s Flugel Horn Soloist and a further year as their Repiano Cornet player. During this time, he travelled to Bermuda, America, Canada, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Norway and Australia. Not only this, but he was also involved in the ‘Groundforce’, ‘Dinnerladies’, ‘Jools Holland Live’ and ‘Songs of Praise’ television programmes. John has recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, The Beautiful South, The Eels, Moby, Billy Bragg, Craig David, Gabrielle, Merz and most recently, Kate Rusby.
John is a real educator and believes in making music fun for all young people. He currently tutors with the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and is the Musical Director of the Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He also tutors on various youth band courses and workshop days throughout the year with various ensembles and organizations.
Adjudicating is an area that John feels very passionate about. He has undertaken the training programme with Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, and been accepted as a full member. John already boasts an extensive adjudicating portfolio including National Youth Contests and Area Contests and is one of the youngest adjudicators in the ABBA organization.
John currently holds the position of Head of Performing Arts and Music at Lostock Hall Academy in Preston and is a teaching fellow of the University of Cumbria, a Fast Track Teacher and a ‘Champion Teacher’ for Musical Futures. He has also holds the title of ‘Champion Educator’ with Lancashire Music Service for his work as a dynamic Head of Music in the Lancashire region.
David Hirst began his musical career at the age of ten with the local village band playing the cornet: he made rapid progress on the instrument, and, at the age of fourteen was accepted into the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band on the solo cornet bench. Two years later David joined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano Cornet, where he had four successful years including wins at the British Open, National and World Championships.
In 1972 David began studying music at the University of Huddersfield, being taught trumpet by Maurice Murphy. A growing interest in Orchestral and Big Band playing led him to be one of the early members of the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. In 1978 David rejoined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano cornet enjoying further contest success. By the mid-'70's he was conducting various village bands before being appointed in 1980 as the Musical Director of the Andrews Heat for Hire Band. After five successful years, he then took over as Musical Director at the Lewington Yamaha Band followed by two years as the Resident Conductor at Black Dyke conducting the band during their historic tour of Australia in 1988.
In 1990 David returned to the Yorkshire Imperial Band conducting them at the British Open, All England Masters and as prize-winners at the “Brass in Concert” competition over three successive years. In 1994 David was invited to join the World Famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band as Resident Musical Director, relinquishing this position in 2005 after 11 years. During this period the Band were National Champions (1997 & 8), European Champions (1998) and All England Masters Champions (1997 & 2001) in addition to Yorkshire Area Champions (1995, 1997 and 2003).
Since leaving B&R David has worked with Grimethorpe, Faireys and Fodens and is regularly invited to undertake weekend test piece workshops for lower section bands. David is one of the country's most experienced adjudicators and has officiated at all levels in the Regionals, Lower Section Finals, Butlins, and local competitions in the UK. David's adjudication record can be found by following the link to the Brass Band Results website: http://brassbandresults.co.uk/adjudicators/david-hirst/ David has been a member of ABBA since its inception and has delivered numerous seminars on a variety of topics for the organisation. David is currently Secretary for the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators. The Cottage, Main Street, Milton, Newark NG22 0PP
Paul is in demand as a Conductor and Adjudicator throughout Europe. As a player, Paul enjoyed considerable concert and contest success with Black Dyke Band and made several CD, radio and television appearances with celebrities such as Elton John, Jools Holland, The Beautiful South and Sting.
As a conductor, Paul spent six years as Musical Director of the Newbridge Band where he led them through a period of unparalleled success in their history.
In April 2009 Paul became the Musical Director of the Flowers Band, where he helped the band achieve their highest ever results at the National Championships of Great Britain, British Open and Brass in Concert Championships, as well as unrivalled success at the Regional Championships, Yeovil and the Butlin’s Mineworkers contest.
As an adjudicator, Paul enjoys an ever-increasing active schedule of appointments, including the National Championships of Great Britain on several occasions as well as other high profile local, national and international competitions throughout the UK and Europe. Paul is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) as well as being on the Music Panel for Kapitol Promotions.
John Maines was born in Warrington, England. After initial lessons from his father, his early musical career started as a tenor horn player with the Prescot Cables Band. After a move to trombone he joined the Wigan Boys Club and Cammell Laird band in Birkenhead, Cheshire.
As a young player he became the North of England Junior Solo Champion and was invited to play for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. A move to Cornwall saw John as principal trombone with St.Austell and Bodmin bands where he quickly made his mark with a succession of competition victories at solo competitions throughout the South West. It was at this time that he gained the title of Champion Trombone Player of Great Britain on three successive occasions. One of only two players ever to achieve a hat-trick in this event.
After playing solo trombone with the Stanshawe (Bristol) and Fairey Engineering bands with whom he also held the post of principal trombone with Harry Mortimer’s Men o’ Brass, he became principal trombone with the Black Dyke Mills Band. With this famous band he won many major British titles and a hat trick of European Championships. He also toured such countries as Holland, Switzerland, Spain and Japan.
Since 1979 he has been a music tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and is a Council member of the same organisation.
John travels extensively in Europe taking him to such places as Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Denmark where he has taken part in various musical activities including the direction of the National Youth Band of Denmark. John’s academic work saw him graduate from Sheffield University with a BA (Hons) Degree.
John is in demand as a conductor in the UK directing many of our finest bands, as well as undertaking the role of Master of Ceremonies at many of the country’s prestigious events such as The National Youth Band Championships, The Great Northern Brass Arts Festival, The Harry Mortimer Centenary Concert and acting as compere for many of the world’s finest bands such as Black Dyke, Fairey’s, Grimethorpe Colliery, Fodens, Brighouse & Rastrick, Wingates, Leyland and Cory.
John was for a time the Musical Director of the world famous Versatile Brass group with whom he travelled extensively.
John is a writer for various music publications, and has taken part in many recordings for CD, Radio and Television. In addition to his everyday banding activities John was for many years the presenter of the long running BBC weekly band programme "GMR Brass” and in 1999 received the Manchester Music Makers award for his contribution to music broadcasting in the Greater Manchester area.
As well as his role as the in-house producer for Doyen Recordings John is also the presenter of World of Brass Radio on www.worldofbrass.com, an internet based programme of news, chat and of course brass music.
Having served several top class bands as Principal Cornet including Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse & Rastrick, Alan has now retired from front-line playing and conducting but continues to adjudicate at all levels. During his career as a freelance musician, he made worldwide appearances as an adjudicator, soloist and conductor having performed in Australia several times, extensively in Europe and the USA as well as the length and breadth of Great Britain featuring in many festivals and gala concerts including the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
Over the years Alan has been involved in the promotion and coaching of many young people and youth bands including the National Youth Bands of Switzerland and Great Britain and in 2006 he was the Guest Conductor of the European Youth Band at its course in Belfast. Since 2003 he has been Professional Musical Adviser to the all-conquering Camborne Youth Band who have now won 7 National titles.
An experienced music examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music he also visits educational establishments giving recitals, masterclasses and external examining, and has adjudicated brass band contests at all levels at home and abroad, including the National Championships of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, the US Open and European Championships having made his first appearance in the box for the Championship Section of the National at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.
Alan has recorded seven solo albums and pioneered a teaching video that has proven very successful. He also regularly features on light music recordings for the BBC with various ensembles including big bands and orchestras.
There are many compositions and arrangements published for brass band by Alan that have also proven very popular and all are still available, some of the titles becoming best sellers, such as Buster Strikes Back and Sugar Blues. In addition to this Alan won the Fodens Richardson award for new arrangements with his stunning version of Over the Rainbow. You can find out much more detail on Alan and his recordings by visiting his website at www.justbrass.co.uk/alanmorrison where you can also purchase his CD's and video online.
Dr.Luc Vertommen was born in Leest (Mechelen) where he made his first acquaintance with (wind) music through the local fanfare band. He studied cornet, music theory and piano at the music academies in Mechelen and Willebroek. Further musical studies were completed with a triple diploma – trumpet, music history and band conducting at the Lemmensinstitute in Louvain. He also obtained a 1st Prize in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, a master degree for conducting and Doctor of Musical Arts (2011) at Salford University, Manchester, (UK). He has immersed himself full-time in the world of band music as a brass teacher, player, conductor, arranger and writer.
He conducts Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium), Brass Band Nord-pas de Calais (France) and is head of music school in Deurne (Antwerp). He can be heard on more than 25 highly acclaimed CD recordings and is editor and artistic director of Band Press VOF. He regularly is invited to conduct or adjudicate around Europe and obtained the International Buma Brass Award 2014 for his international work within the band movement.
His interest for the past and for band history started a series of books and CD recordings. For this Anthology of Flemish Band Music he received the Fugue-Trophy by Sabam (the Belgian authors right association) in 2011. He unearthed many pages and hours of original music by Belgian composers and his interest for the future is shown in his collaboration with many contemporary composers.
As an arranger, some of his arrangements (especially those made for fanfare band and brass band) are played worldwide.
Professor Roger Webster has been playing at the highest level with brass bands for over three decades. As a principal player, he has spent 10 years with Black Dyke, 7 with CWS Glasgow, a brief period at Brighouse & Rastrick, and was longstanding principal cornet of Grimethorpe Colliery, the position to which he is now delighted to return.
Alongside his above commitments, Roger has also been active as a soloist throughout, visiting over 25 countries and performing in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
For many years, as well as playing in the highest level brass bands, Roger worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing and recording some of the great orchestral repertoire.
His work as a pedagogue is well known, with many of his students past and present making their own mark on the music world.
As a psychologist, as well as a musician, Roger helps musicians with areas of social phobia, and in particular performance anxiety – helping each student to achieve their potential and enabling them to deliver their best at all times.
Roger’s latest CD ‘My Heroes’, was recorded at the Guards Chapel adjacent to Buckingham Palace, with the Guards Brass Band for the Help for Heroes charity.
Roger is an ambassador for Besson (Buffet Group). He also now works alongside health psychologists and nutritionists with the company Limelight Products, who are set to launch their anti anxiety (stage fright) remedies this autumn (2015).
Further information on Roger’s activities, past and present, can be found at www.rogerwebster.co.uk