Scott Stewart 2020 - Present
Scott began learning the trombone at an early age, under the guidance of local teacher, Colin Burr who developed and inspired many local brass musicians. Scott spent his formative years playing for Test Valley Brass, and also took up the challenge of playing for the highly successful Hampshire County Youth Band under Leighton Rich, who encouraged Scott to progress his playing to a very high standard. Scott was a key member of Test Valley Brass who gained promotion to the Championship section in 2004. Next, Scott was privileged to take up the Solo Trombone position with the well-known and successful Championship Woodfalls Band, based near Salisbury. During this period Scott has also performed with many of the world’s leading bands including The Cory Band, Grimethorpe and The Fairey Band. During his time at Woodfalls, Scott played under a number of famous conductors, including Dr Robert Childs, Gary Cutt and Nicolas Childs, achieving many notable successes at contests such as The British Open, the National Finals and Brass in Concert.
In 2019 Scott was persuaded to take up the Musical Director role with the Andover Town Band. This was to be Scott’s first experience in training a brass band and conducting at concerts and competitions. The COVID pandemic hit just before Scott was due to start with ATB, and all face-to-face banding activities were suspended during the lockdowns. After a very long wait, in the summer of 2021 Scott was able to commence conducting duties, initially with small groups of players, building to ensembles and full band rehearsals, as the lockdown rules eased.
Scott made an immediate impact with ATB, demanding a very strong work ethic and commitment from the players. In the space of just 12 months, Scott has conducted the band on a number of extremely well received concerts in Andover. Scott’s debut as a conductor at a competition was in November 2021 where he guided ATB to 4th place out of 15 bands at The Wessex Contest. In April 2022 ATB competed in the First Section at the West Of England Regional Championships, playing the set test piece Spectrum by Gilbert Vinter. Scott crafted a fine performance with ATB which resulted in 4th place, narrowly missing out on qualification to the National Finals. On the back of this result, ATB have been promoted to the Championship Section for the first time in their history, which is a fine achievement for Scott in his first year of conducting!
Steve Large 2011 - 2020
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