Fulham Brass Band have had a busy few months; we moved to a new rehearsal venue at St Etheldreda’s in Putney Bridge. We had a fantastic concert in our new home with the spectacular Davur Magnussen (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) where we had one of the best Fulham Band audiences in recent years! In June the band went on a trip to Cornwall for the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in Bugle which involved a brewery visit, some playing and a band surf trip! We narrowly missed out on the top spot but were delighted that our fabulous principal cornet player Clare Pitt won the Best Player Award!!
The Band are continuing to work hard over the Summer months but have welcomed some new members to the Fulham Band Family in recent months. 26 year old Thomas Brotschi is from Switzerland and has played the trombone for 16 years. A couple of years after joining a wind band in his hometown he discovered Brass Band music through a summer camp. He then joined the Brass Band Solothurn and in the following years he became more involved in the organizational work of the band. He also helped out in Symphonic Orchestras, and wind/brass bands whenever help was needed. Joining him in the lower end of the band is Steven Williams who has recently returned to banding after living overseas for 8 years. He has worked in Thailand, Malaysia and Egypt as the Head of Music in 3 International Schools. Before moving abroad, he studied the Baritone Hornat the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Whilst studying, he played Solo Baritone and Solo Trombone for a Championship band in Yorkshire called Pennine Brass. An interesting fact about his Baritone is that the serial number is one number higher than our 2nd Baritone Players instrument (Simon Keen!). They were made on the same day and have come back together to play at Fulham Brass. What are the chances of that? Steven now works as the Director of Music at a Prep School in Surrey.
Welcome to both players! Want to join us?
We are seeking a strong Bass trombone, 2nd cornet, Eb and Bb Bass to add to our existing line up. We are an ambitious and sociable band and welcome applications from motivated and competent individuals. As a central London Brass Band based in Fulham (rehearsing on Monday nights) we have a large group of players from around the world, and are a young, hard-working team with a strong desire to succeed in national competitions plus a busy calendar of exciting projects! For further information please contact Matt Pitt (Band Manager) in confidence on firstname.lastname@example.org