Great Result Down Under!

At the New Zealand National Brass Band Championships this weekend, Iain led Brisbane Excelsior Band to take first place in the contest.

Although he originally received the best soloist in the set work award, this was apparently a mistake and the prize ended up going to the band’s flugelhorn player Tamaryn Heck instead.

Iain hands the trophy to flugel player Tamaryn.

Here’s Iain handing over the trophy to Tamaryn once the mix up had been resolved.

Return To OZ!

Having previously toured Australia in August 2015 in his capacity as principal cornet of Grimethorpe band, Iain is set to once again visit the other side of the world.

On 10th April, he’ll fly out to Brisbane to stand in as principal cornet* with Brisbane Excelsior Band at the New Zealand National Championships in Wellington from 19 to 23 April.

While out there, Iain will also be leading some workshops as well as undertaking some private teaching.

(*The band’s regular principal cornet Paula Russell is unable to participate due to and injury.)


Japan Trip + Solo CD 2012

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.

Visit to Bayonne NJ

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.

A picture showing Iain standing beside a "Welcome to Bayonne" sign
Iain Visits Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

USA Visit Events

  • Tuesday 25 October?-?Master Class, University of Delaware – 5.30 pm
  • Wednesday 26 October -?Master Class & Recital, West Chester University – 6.00 pm
  • Friday 28 October -?Solo Recital at Boyd Recital Hall, Rowan University – 8.00 pm
  • Sunday 28 October -?Guest Soloist with Atlantic Brass Band, Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University – 3.00 pm

Events – October 2011

Saturday 1st – Fairey (Geneva) Band at the?10th INTERNATIONAL BRASS FESTIVAL?in Merano, Italy

Saturday 15th -?Fairey (Geneva) Band at the?NATIONAL FINALS, Royal Albert Hall, London (All day)

Saturday 22nd -?Fairey (Geneva) Band at the?SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS, Stroud – 7.30pm

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)

USA Trip – October 2011

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!

Events – September 2011

Saturday 3rd – Fairey (Geneva) Band at?BRITISH OPEN, Symphony Hall, Birmingham – all day

Saturday 10th -?Fairey (Geneva) Band at Great Northern?Brass Arts Festival, Bridgewater Hall. Manchester at 4.15

Saturday 10th -?Fairey (Geneva) Band at Guildhall, Preston with Rossendale Male Voice Choir – 7.30pm

Saturday 16th -?Visit to Rotterdam, Holland for workshop and concert as guest soloist with Brassband Rijnmond – all day

Friday 23rd – Plaza Theatre, Stockport – 7.30pm