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Musical Directors & Musical Advisor

Musical Director – Antony Sanders CT ABRSM

Born in Kingsbury, London in 1961, Antony started playing trombone at school in St Albans aged 15, before moving on to euphonium two years later while playing for a band in Luton, where in 1977 he also met his trombone playing wife-to-be Caroline. They married in 1981 and have two children, Louise & Craig.

Antony has played in every section of the National Brass Band championships with: Longland Brass (Luton), Herts County Youth, South West Herts (Watford), St Albans City and the Hitchin Bands, before being invited to join the highly renowned Championship Section Clacton-on-Sea Co-operative Band in 1984 where he played Solo Euphonium for 16 years, winning the title London and Southern Counties Euphonium Champion in 1988. During this period the Clacton Band was always very consistent in competitions, featured on national television / radio broadcasts, recorded two albums, undertook many tours (including being the second only Brass Band to visit Hungary), as well as playing their popular summer season concerts and seasonal beer nights at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, where Antony was a featured soloist.

In 1996 he was appointed Assistant Musical Director of the Clacton on Sea Co-operative Band before, in 2000 being invited to take on the Musical Directorship of Tendring Brass, who were then known as ‘Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band’. Antony undertook & completed an ‘Associated Board of the Royal School of Music’ CT-ABRSM diploma in Music teaching, being presented with his Certificate by HRH Prince Charles in July 2005. This qualification is being put to good use within Tendring band’s Music Academy which he feels is a crucial part in securing the band’s long term future.

In January 2007 Antony embarked upon a new career when accepting the position of specialist music teacher at Chase Lane Nursery & Primary School, Dovercourt, Harwich. In addition to delivering curriculum music throughout the school, from nursery to year 6 level, this position included leading the first ‘Wider Opportunities’ brass project to be undertaken by any school locally. He now teaches over 60 children to play a mixture of cornets, flugel horns, tenor horns, baritones, trombones, tubas & clarinets within the school. The Chase Lane school band has won both the Manningtree & the Colchester Rotary Music Festivals, performed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall as part of the ‘Music for Youth National Festival’ and also Ipswich Corn Exchange as guests of the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra. Many current & past school pupils are now feeding through into the Tendring Brass Academy, and some now play in the main band too, a huge achievement!

In 2015 Haverhill Silver Band invited Antony to play Solo Euphonium at the 1st Section Regional Championships, an event they subsequently won, gaining promotion to the Championship Section, where they remain today.

Antony continues to conduct Tendring Brass as well as playing Solo Euphonium with Haverhill. He is enjoying the challenge of competing at the top level once again.

Assistant Musical Director – David Rowland

Locally born, David Rowland began his musical journey at the tender age of 5, when he started to learn violin and drums. At the age of 7, he started learning the Cornet in the Salvation Army band, where his father conducted. From that early age David developed a keen interest in conducting. He played in the Territorial Youth Band of the Salvation Army under the baton of bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb. In 2007 David joined the Essex Youth Orchestra as a Trumpeter, expanding his musical knowledge with performances of symphonies by Mahler, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and many others. While performing with the Youth Orchestra, David was inspired by the conductor Robin Browning with whom he later had master classes. From 2009 David studied music at Leeds College of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Arts where he gained a 1st for his conducting recital. 

In late 2017 David took over as music director of ‘Blow the Dust Off’, Clacton Concert Orchestra’s training group. He was then invited to take on the role of conductor of Clacton Concert Orchestra for their 2018 summer concert. David’s musical career has encompassed a reggae band, cruise ship entertainment, jazz bands and countless shows throughout Essex and beyond.

David is currently Soprano Cornet player and Assistant Musical Director of Tendring Brass and freelances with orchestras, jazz bands and indeed anywhere a trumpet is needed!

Professional Music Advisor – David Johnson BMus (Hons) LLCM LRSM

Born and raised in Sennen Cove near Lands End in Cornwall, David began his playing career on baritone with Penzance Silver Band before moving to Solo Euphonium at Lanner and District Silver Band, playing until he joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1990. During the last 26 years as a professional musician in the Royal Marines, his career has taken him all over the world, performing as a soloist in the USA, Canada, Russia, Ethiopia, Japan and Australia.

In addition to his talents as a performer, David is also a prolific arranger for wind and brass bands. For the past 11 years his music has been featured at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall and his more recent works include arrangements performed at the world premiere of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ and for Classic FM chart-topping saxophonist, Amy Dixon. In recognition of his achievements in this area, in 2013, 14, 15 & 16 he was awarded the prestigious Herbert Lott Award for Innovation and Invention in Orchestration.

David started his conducting career with Torbay Brass and in 2006 moved to Verwood Concert Brass where, over the course of three years, the band was promoted from Third to First Section. In 2010 David took up the position of Musical Director at Aldbourne Band and in 2011 steered the band to victories at the West of England First Section Regional Championships, Senior Trophy at the Spring Festival and the National Finals in Cheltenham. As recognition of his achievements with the band, he was nominated as ‘Conductor of the Year’ in the 4BarsRest Awards in 2011. Since Aldbourne’s meteoric rise to the Championship Section, David has achieved 3rd placings with the band at the Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014 respectively. These successes were also mirrored at the Spring Festival with promotion into the British Open’s Grand Shield in 2013.

Having spent most of 2014 in the euphonium section of Cory Band, David picked up the batten once more with Aldbourne, helping the band secure a place at the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall for the first time in 35 years.

David was appointed as the ‘Professional Music Advisor’ to Tendring Brass in January 2020.

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