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Monday 18 May, 2020

The Geneva Group has welcomed Phillip McCann as a development consultant and performance artist.

A former principal cornet player with Black Dyke Band, the acclaimed Scottish musician is renowned for his distinctive sound. News of his association with the company comes soon after Richard Marshall and Daniel Thomas, both of Black Dyke, also recently joined the Geneva roster.

Phillip was born in Bo’ness, Scotland, and began his playing career with the Kinneil Colliery Band, which he still regularly visits. He held the position of leader with National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years. In addition to his lengthy tenure with Black Dyke, Phillip is well-known for his acclaimed series of Chandos CD recordings, The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, and has been widely admired for his tone and musical expression.

Brett Baker, general manager of the Geneva Group, commented: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Phillip these past few months on a project to be fully announced in the near future. He is not just a fantastic player and fine musician but extremely knowledgeable when it comes to instrument development; this is extremely exciting both for the company and myself.

“Phillip’s renowned, uncompromising pursuit of excellence and model consistency gets to the heart of what brass playing is all about: the sound. I know players around the world will be interested in hearing about Phillip’s terrific developmental work and how this will align with the Geneva Group.”

Phillip has also established himself as a teacher and conductor. Many of his students now occupy significant positions within the musical community as performers, conductors, composers and arrangers. He is the recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield, conferred upon him in recognition of his services to music and education, and acts as a consultant for bands throughout Britain and beyond.

Commenting on his new association, Phillip said: “I am proud to be involved with the Geneva Group and would like to thank Tim Oldroyd and everyone for allowing me the opportunity to fulfil my creative passion, which has allowed me, in some ways, to offer the best choice possible to cornet players in our movement . 

“Geneva has kindly invited me to collaborate and contribute my expertise and experience towards development to face this new greatly exciting challenge.

“I truly want for people to love their instruments, in particular their cornets, but above all, I sincerely desire with a passion to be party to providing the greatest choice for our instrumentalists within the brass band movement.”

Phillip added: “The single most important aspect of playing any instrument is sound. This has always been my philosophy in playing and teaching. We all need the instrument that will allow us to project our personality through the sound we create; this is the goal for Geneva and myself.”