Published on October 25th, 2018 by gavin

Yorkshire Imps to Re-Build Under Simon Gresswell’s Direction

The Yorkshire Imperial Metals Urqhuart Travel Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Gresswell as Musical Director with immediate effect.

Following an extremely successful playing career,  Simon became a highly decorated tuba player playing for the likes of Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills, the Fairey band and Yorkshire Building Society. Simon has more recently been concentrating his musical efforts on conducting, and to great success.

Following a particularly successful tenure with the Enderby band in the Midlands, with whom Simon enjoyed much musical development and contesting success, Simon has been looking for a new challenge and the band are delighted that this has come at such a time to ensure his appointment to the role.

Simon told A4B: “I’m delighted to have been asked to take up the post of Musical Director with the world famous Yorkshire Imperial Band. As a youngster, Yorkshire Imps were, for me, one of the very best brass bands in the world and I’m keen to build on that heritage and try to develop the band to a similar stature. It is evident that the band has struggled over the last few years and now the time has come to rebuild this once great band.  In order to do this, I will be looking to attract new and former players to join us on this exciting journey.”

The band’s principal cornet player, Alan Fowler told A4B: “The band are delighted to have a musician of such experience and skill joining us at the helm. Simon has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to the band and we hope that he can help lead us to as much success as he has already had with his previous bands. We’re currently working on signings and are building on the momentum which has seen some key seats filled with some talented players already this year to really strengthen the band, and see working with Simon as a big draw for perspective players.”

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