MY LIFE IN MUSIC - Exclusive interview with Paul Hindmarsh

Issue 6005

COMPOSERS' CORNER - Dr. Liz Lane discusses music notation programmes

REMEMBERING A LEGEND - British Bandsman pays tribute to William Broughton

Derick Kane to retire after 42 years in the ISB hotseat

Thursday 25 October, 2018

Derick Kane has announced that he is to step down from his position as Principal Euphonium of the International Staff Band. Talking to British Bandsman, Derick confirmed, "Following 42 years' service with the ISB I have taken the decision to retire as Principal Euphonium of the band. These decisions never come lightly or easily, however, I look back on many happy years and special occasions with the ISB with some very special people making great music. I wish the band well in the future."

Derick joined the ISB in September 1976 after moving  from Hamilton in Scotland, having auditioned earlier that summer. The audition took place during a summer music school at Tylney Hall and was carried out by George Whittingham and Ray Bowes. Derick recalls playing Ray Steadman-Allen’s The Lord is King, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kaleidoscope, Treasures from Tchaikovsky and Song of the Brother as part of the audition. He recounts, "My first rehearsal involved the same pieces I had seen in my audition. I was even asked to play Song of the Brother, which I did from memory. I guess they wanted to see if I could remember it twice! I featured it on my first engagement too."

Derick's first engagement was in Doncaster in October 1976, of which he still has a recording. Derick counts as his highlights with the ISB the 1980 USA tour, the 1994 tour of Canada with the Roy Thompson Hall concert together with three other staff bands and ISB120, in his words "the most amazing weekend in my entire ISB life." 

Derick will continue with the band until the end of January 2019, his last engagement being the Wilfred Heaton concert at the Royal Northern College of Music, where the ISB will be joined by Black Dyke Band.