New Musical Director appointed

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of our new MD, Ian Colwell.

Ian’s banding career started, aged just six, with Burnage Brass Band. He then progressed through the ranks, bands and instruments, before settling for a number of years as Solo Euph at British Telecom. Over the years he has played with numerous bands including Cheshire Youth, Poynton, Burbage, Chapel, Thornsett, Stalybridge and Carlton Main.

Following an injury to his hand that effectively ended his playing career, Ian decided to focus on conducting, and went back to his roots at Burnage where he successfully established himself in his new role.

A founder member of Stockport Schools Brass Band, his ties to the North West banding circuit are long standing, so following a 15 year sojournĀ in Wales, he’s delighted to be back ‘up North’ and banding again!

Looking forward, Ian’s primary focus for the band will be to work on developing a strong concert programme for our numerous engagements as he believes that it’s key for bands to remember that the musicians’ role should be to entertain.

Whilst we know we’ll all be working hard, he is also keen to emphasise that being a member of any band should ultimately be a fun and enjoyable experience. We’re hoping he leads by example and that the first round is on him at post-rehearsal gatherings!