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New top man at Milnrow

Monday 17 July, 2017

Milnrow Band has announced the appointment of David Gillson to the principal cornet seat. David joins the band from Fairey, where he played repiano cornet and deputised on principal.

A band spokesman told BB: "For a young musician David has a wealth of experience to bring to the band. He has represented Great Britain at youth level with both the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) and Territorial Youth Band of the Salvation Army. More recently he has played at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 in London with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and has been a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2014 and 2015. David also previously held the position of flugel forn soloist with Foden’s Band."

Speaking about his appointment David commented “I'm delighted to take up the opportunity of principal cornet in such a dedicated and hard working band. The band has had an extremely successful year and I look forward to leading it on stage at the British Open and National Finals. The welcome I have received from the band has been encouraging and I am excited to see what the future holds for Milnrow. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Fairey for the support and opportunities it has given me throughout my time there and I wish them all the best in the future.”

The spokesman concluded: "The band is excited to have a player like David joining on a full-time basis. 2017 has already surpassed 2013 as being the most successful year in the band’s now 148-year history, and it is hoped that this new appointment will continue to cement Milnrow’s reputation as a growing force within the brass band movement nationally. The band would like to place on record our expressed thanks to all players that have deputised on the principal cornet seat in recent history, but specifically to Senne La Mela, Iain Culross, Rob Westacott, Jamie Smith and the band’s own assistant principal cornet, Bek Chrimes."

David commences his role with immediate effect.