The Marple Band is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Curtis as its new Musical Director.
Stephen’s passion for brass bands began during his time at the Abraham Darby School in Telford. This led to him gaining a place on the Band Musicianship course at The University of Salford in 1996, where he studied conducting under Prof. David King and Dr. Roy Newsome.
Shortly after completing his PGCE Stephen became the Musical Director of Wellington (Telford) Brass Band, taking them to the top of the 2nd section. Over five years they gained places at the National Finals on five consecutive occasions, winning the 3rd Section Final in 2008. In 2009, Stephen returned to the North West and became the Musical Director of Flixton Band and has worked with many bands around the country.
The Marple Band is now looking forward to working with Stephen to realise the band’s full potential once again. After several signings of key players around the band, incl. Principal Cornet, Flugelhorn, Soprano Cornet, Principal Baritone, Principal Trombone, Bass Trombone and percussionist, Stephen has many talents at his fingertips and we hope to be featuring amongst the prizes in future contests.
Stephen commented: “I am very excited at the opportunity to be working with the Marple Band whom not only have a great history on the contest stage but are also focused on providing excellent musical performances for their local community”.
The band has a busy season ahead, commencing with our autumn concert at Marple Methodist church on October 14th and a Bier Keller at Marple Conservative Club on October 29th. Please follow our website and Facebook page to keep up-to-date with our concerts, news, final vacancies and other band information.
Come and Join Us
Are you a brass player looking for a new challenge or maybe a student relocating to the Stockport area? If so, we have just what you are looking for.
The Marple Band has a rare opportunity to recruit:
- Solo horn
- Two cornet players
- EEb Bass
If you are interested in joining a band that rehearses once a week on a Friday night, contact our Bandmaster Howard Groves:
m: 07784 931707
There are lots of ways to help The Marple Band raise much needed funds for instruments, music and uniforms. One such way is to nominate the band at your local Nationwide Building Society branch.
To do this, simply call into your Nationwide branch as many times as you can before the end of September. You will be given a counter to nominate a local charity so please put your counter in the box for The Marple Band. You can nominate us as many time as you visit and the more counters we get increases out chances of getting a much needed donation from The Nationwide.
Participating branches include:
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