Carlton Brass are very happy to announce that Tony Wilson has agreed to be the band’s Musical Director. Tony has been immensely helpful during recent months, picking up the baton and enabling rehearsals during the current difficult times. He has enjoyed conducting us and we are delighted that he has agreed to take us through to the 2022 Regional Content next March, with a view to staying on beyond that.

Tony has previously conducted the band during one of our most successful periods, bringing the band from the fourth section back in 1999 all the way through to the first section. No other conductor has earned more first places for Carlton Brass, and we will be aiming for further podium finishes once the contest season restarts. He brings a wealth of musical experience and an abundance of enthusiasm that will help motivate the band, whilst having lots of fun along the way.

Tony acknowledges that a lot of hard work lies ahead, as he and the band undertake this re-building process but we are working together to get back to the high musical standard we are striving for.

I have a focused vision for the band and will look to bring out the best in the players whilst moulding the band into a finely tuned harnessed unit that will take us to the next level and achieve musical excellence.

Tony Wilson
Tony pretending to conduct
Tony pretending to conduct

While Tony has lots of experience he is keen to include some of our former conductors in his plans. Two former MDs – Geoff Hawley and Gary Glover – are current players and both have agreed to assist Tony in new roles as Musical Advisors. Tony, Geoff and Gary forming this new team will provide the Carlton Brass organisation with a fresh strategic musical direction that will hopefully ensure the bands future success.

Old Carlton
Carlton Brass in 2005ish

Previous MD Geoff Wood has had to step back for work reasons. We would like to thank him for all his efforts before Covid hit, and for providing such excellent direction to the band at last year’s Area Contest, where we were placed an excellent 7th. Geoff remains on good terms and has even helped out on our cornet bench for our recent concert in Derbyshire.

We have been pleased to welcome several new players in our midst too (we will have a post about that soon) and our future is looking good. We have emerged from the dark days of Covid with an almost complete band and a renewed vigour for brass music. Rehearsals have been excellent and we have had a number of guest players helping out too, although we do still need one or two more cornet players. Please do get in touch if you are interested.

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