IF YOU are an American music professor and want to study brass band music then where better to come than Huddersfield?
That is just what Bryan Appleby-Wineberg has done and later this month he will be back on stage at Huddersfield Town Hall this time with Brighouse and Rastrick Band. Bryan has already played in Huddersfield at a gala concert with Lindley Band just before Christmas.
Bryan is an associate professor of trumpet and brass at Rowan University in New Jersey.
He is currently on a sabbatical and is here to study brass banding.
Bryan knows Philip Biggs, Editor of Brass Herald and mentioned he would like to come to England and work with a brass band.
Philip put Bryan in touch with resident conductor of B&R, Alan Morrison. Bryan was then invited to join them for five months.
“If you want to play with the best, this is the place to be. Brighouse and Rastrick are ranked number 5 in the world,” he said.
Since the autumn, Bryan has been playing cornet for Lindley and for Brighouse and Rastrick .
His wife, Sarah, who is from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and their daughters, Hannah and Kate, have been living in Lindley.
At home in the States, Bryan is co-principal cornet and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band which is resident at Rowan University.
He plays principal trumpet with the Bay Atlantic Symphony and plays with many other groups in the greater Philadelphia area.
His trip here has gone down so well that his hosts at Brighouse have invited him to continue playing with them until spring and then he will return to the USA in June.
“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming to me and my family and it has been a pleasure to work with them all,” said Bryan.
He will appear with the band at Huddersfield town Hall on Saturday, March 20.
Tickets are on sale at Fawcetts Stationers, Commercial Street, Brighouse and Kirklees ticket outlets (01484 223200) or online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.