REMEMBER the American music professor who wanted to study brass band music and came where else but Yorkshire to do just that?
Well Bryan Appleby-Wineberg is back and he’s brought a few friends with him.
Bryan is a member of an American based trumpet ensemble called Tromba Mundi. And they will be playing next Friday (December 16) at Huddersfield Town Hall in Lindley Band’s Gala XVI.
Anyone with even the remotest interest in brass band music will know that this is the concert where Lindley pulls out all the stops, filling the Town Hall with music where the emphasis is on quality musicianship and entertainment.
Next week’s gala night promises to be packed full of all of that and more.
Leading the way and setting the standards will be the band itself, led by musical director Neil Jowett and keen to get cracking on all that festive fun.
They’ve brought back now regular guests the Halifax Young Singers conducted by their musical director Lynn Hudson.
And for those who like music with a touch of nostalgia and glamour, concert organiser Mike Delaney has brought in singing trio, the Sirens Of Swing.
Billed as today’s answer to the Andrews Sisters, they’ll be singing everything from toe-tapping classics and wartime songs to modern-day chart toppers.
The band’s other guests are Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and his colleagues in Tromba Mundi.
Bryan is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Brass at Rowan University in New Jersey. He’s also principal trumpet of Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Principal Cornet/Assistant Conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band.
Last year he took a sabbatical from his academic work in America and came to Yorkshire to study brass banding.
He spent several months with Brighouse and Rastrick Band and also found a seat with Lindley. Bryan appeared on stage at Huddersfield Town Hall with both bands last year and clearly couldn’t wait to get back.
Lindley is delighted to have him and the other members of Tromba Mundi with them next Friday.
The ensemble was founded three years ago and all of its members are professional performers as well as university academics.
l See them again on December 18 at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield with Kirklees Youth Orchestra and the Colne Valley Boys.