International Brass Tutors to lead Youth Band Training Weekend in Lutterworth

enderby-band-1Enderby Youth and Junior Bands are pleased to announce that Yamaha have generously provided significant funding to cover the tuition costs of a team of expert Neo Brass tutors to lead a Youth Brass Band Training weekend at Lutterworth College.

The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September 2016. Each day will begin at 9.15am and finish around 5.00pm.

Russell Gray, one of the world’s leading exponents in the art of cornet playing, will direct the weekend course. Russell is currently much in demand as a conductor of leading brass bands throughout Europe. He will be assisted by Lucy Cutt who will lead the Flugel and Tenor Horn sections. Lucy is currently a lead soloist with the famous Faireys Band.

Steve Walsh will lead the Euphoniums and Baritones. Steve has performed as principal Euphonium with many of the UK’s greatest brass bands and has a huge range of accolades under his belt including the European Brass Band Championships, the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the British Opens and many solo prizes.

To complete the quartet, Simon Gresswell, Musical Director of the Enderby Band, will provide tuition to the Bass sections.

Simon is a former member of Black Dyke Mills, Desford Colliery, Faireys, YBS and the Brighouse & Rastrick Bands. He is frequently called upon as a tutor of lower brass in the UK and Europe and has been the development artist for the new Yamaha Neo BBb Tuba.

Ryan Richards of Tredegar Band has been brought in by Enderby Youth Band to lead the Trombone sectionals, and there will also be specialist percussion teaching provided.

Members of the Enderby Band Organisation will be on hand to support the work of the Yamaha tutors throughout the weekend to ensure that players of all abilities feel completely supported as they tackle a wealth of good quality challenging music, as well as providing pastoral support to the youngsters throughout the two days.

Participants in the course will be divided into two bands:

  • A junior band for players from beginner standard up to Grade 2 standard.
  • A main band for players of Grade 3 standard and above.

The weekend will be a mixture of full band rehearsals and sectionals, with regular breaks to enable the players to socialise.

The course will conclude with a play through of the music learned by both bands on the Sunday afternoon to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

The cost of the whole weekend is only £10. Further details and application forms are available by email from Catherine Owen on


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