August 2012 sees some exciting happenings. First, there’s my trip to Japan, where I’ll be giving master classes and recitals, as well as performing as guest soloist with several bands. I first visited Japan when I was principal cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland a few years ago and have always wanted to return, so I’m really looking forward to it.
And second, my trip coincides with the release of my first solo CD “Vanguard” conducted by Russell Gray and also Leigh Baker with my colleagues from Leyland Band. The CD has many new works as well as some old favourites – full details can be found on the Vanguard CD pages.
While visiting friends at Atlantic Brass Band in New Jersey, USA, I had the opportunity to pay a visit to Bayonne, where my grandfather had been born back in 1917. My great-grandparents had emigrated there some time before the start of the first world war, but returned to Scotland several years later. The picture below shows me standing by a “Welcome to Bayonne” sign on what turned out to be a surprisingly snowy October day.
25th – 30th – Visit to Glassboro, New Jersey, USA for master classes, recitals and concert as guest soloist with Atlantic Brass Band?- band in residence at at Rowan University?(see post above for more details)
On 25th of October, I’ll be flying out to Philadelphia to meet up with some friends I made at the Brass in Concert Championships a couple of years ago. They are of course?Atlantic Brass Band who are based in Glassboro, New Jersey where they are also brass band in residence at Rowan University. While I’m over there, I will be giving some workshops/master classes as well as solo recitals and a concert. In a way, the trip could be considered a sort of family homecoming, as my late grandfather was actually born in Bayonne, New Jersey way back in 1917!