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Curtain comes down on Maines' NYBBGB role

Saturday 15 January, 2022

The National Youth of Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) is marking the end of an era following the retirement of John Maines from an organisation with which he has been involved for more than four decades.

At the turn of the year, John stepped down as librarian after 42 years of service, beginning as trombone tutor.

His involvement on the staff came after his own experiences as a player in the NYBBGB, having attended his first course in 1963. In 1979, John was invited by Harry Mortimer to become trombone tutor, a position he held for 30 years before passing it to a younger pool of tutors. John then took on the responsibility of librarian and conducted the NYBBGB audition sessions around the country.

Reflecting on his tenure, John told British Bandsman: “After more than 42 years as a member of the music staff of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, I now
feel it is time for me to retire from this great organisation.

“I have enjoyed many happy memories during my time with the NYBBGB and the National Children’s Brass Band, working alongside some world class conductors, soloists and some of the finest instrumental tutors on the planet.

“As well as the obvious musical side of things, the social life has been tremendous with the legendary quizzes, informal concerts and not forgetting all the ‘unofficial’ staff meetings. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of staff, tutors and the thousands of players through the years for making my time with the NYBBGB and NCBBGB such a memorable experience.”

Paying tribute to John’s distinguished service to the organisation, NYBBGB chief executive Mark Bromley said: “After 42 years of service to the NYBBGB, we owe John Maines a huge debt of gratitude.

“I have been particularly touched by the comments of various alumni (some now with children or even grand children in the band) about the huge impact John made on them during their time in the band.

“Amongst everything else we will miss John’s sense of humour, his propensity for jokes and storytelling is legendary.”

It has been revealed that John’s replacement as librarian will be Roger Turner, former orchestral music manager of the BBC Philharmonic. Whilst at the BBC Roger also had responsibility for its brass band music library.

Mark Bromley added: “We are extremely fortunate that someone of Roger Turner’s calibre has volunteered to take on the role of librarian and wish him well. “Furthermore, Roger is keen to pass on his skills to the younger generation so if anyone is interested in training as a band librarian with the NYBBGB under Roger’s guidance please get in touch with me”.

As part of the transition the NYBBGB music library, together with the Denis Wright Archive, has been relocated from St Austell to Rochdale.

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