The NYBB is more than a Band. It’s a special family that is growing year on year. Many of the finest players in the country have been members of the Band. Others have gone on to have equally prestigous careers in music, education and beyond.
Some of the bands currently featuring past members are: Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Cory, Foden’s, Grimethorpe Colliery and Desford to mention a few.
Many past members have become professional musicians in major orchestras.
Philip McCann, Kevin Wadsworth, Betty Anderson, John Maines, Brett Baker, Stephen Mead, Elaine Wolfe, Bob and Nick Childs, Brian Evans, Richard Evans, Kevin Crockford, David Essex, Linda Nicholson, Brian Winter. Maurice Murphy, James Watson, Nicholas Thompson, Lindsey Shilling, Simon Johnson, Richard Buckley, Sarah Williams, Neil Fulton, Tracey Redfern, Jonathan Rees, Ben Godfrey, Andy Keegan, Kevin Morgan, Lance Green, Simon Cowan, Tom Winthorpe, Mark Moseley, Martin Hurrell, Martin Knowles, and Nigel Boddice, to name but a few, however we are sure these are just part of a much longer list.
Even though some past members are more recognisable than others, the Band considers all of its family equally important. We thought you might like to see stories on our more recent alumni so we have published a few below. Contact Philip Biggs if you played in the Band and would like us to tell your story.
Peter Moore, who at the age of 12 became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition. At the age of 18 he was appointed co-principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about pushing the boundaries of the trombone and bringing it to a wider audience, in 2015 Peter was appointed an Ambassador for the BBC Ten Pieces project which introduces children of primary and secondary age to classical music.
Katrina Marzella, who has travelled extensively across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America as a soloist, adjudicator, conductor and teacher. She has performed in many iconic concert venues such as Sydney Opera House, KKL Lucerne and the Royal Albert Hall. In the UK, Katrina is baritone tutor at the University of Salford and a civilian professor at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and has been the solo baritone player of Black Dyke Band since 2011.
Paul Duffy, who began his musical interest at the age of seven playing cornet with his local youth brass band. He advanced from this to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain becoming principal cornet and leader of the band. In 2006 Paul joined the world renowned Black Dyke Band as their soprano cornet player, quickly developing a reputation as one of the most thrilling soloists Black Dyke had ever had.
Philip Cobb, who was appointed Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra aged just 21. As a youngster he regularly featured as a soloist on both the cornet and the trumpet throughout the UK and abroad alongside his brother Matthew and their father Stephen. In more recent years he has appeared as a soloist in his own right with appearances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the International Trumpet Guild conference in Boston, USA.
David Childs, who in the year 2000 broke new ground for the euphonium becoming the first euphonium soloist to win the brass final of the televised 'BBC Young Musician of the Year' which led to his highly acclaimed première performance of Philip Wilby's Concerto for Euphonium with the BBC Philharmonic under Yan Pascal Totelier. In the same year David was awarded the coveted 'Euphonium Player of the Year' title, a title he won again in 2004 and still holds today. Since that time he has been instrumental in raising the euphonium's profile in the classical world of music and has not ceased to wow audiences.