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Thursday 12 May, 2022

Skelmanthorpe Band has announced the signing of Neil Johnson as its new principal euphonium player.

Neil is a product of the Knottingley Schools Band, where he initially learned to play baritone, then tenor horn before finally settling on euphonium. His previous bands include Sharlston Colliery, Knottingley Silver (his hometown band), City of Hull, Tewit Silver and Rothwell Temperance bands.

Neil brings a wealth of experience to Skelmanthorpe, having previously played in the British Open, National Finals, Brass in Concert and most other major contests.

He commented: “I am delighted to be joining Skelmanthorpe Band. I am looking forward to working with Martin (Heartfield) who impresses me with his drive, commitment and work ethic, as well as his humour, which makes rehearsals enjoyable and a pleasure to be a part of.”

Neil’s professional life sees him working as a process technician for Saint-Gobain Glass Ltd, and in his spare time enjoys rugby league, coarse fishing and wine making.

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Issue 6138 digital May 5, 2022