• In early 2016 Kirton Brass Band was in need of new musical direction and an improved sense of good atmosphere.

    To this end the band were delighted to welcome Tony Garrill as its Musical Director.
    Tony has a strong grounding with the Salvation Army as well as a career playing with contesting brass bands, orchestras and swing bands.

    Kirton Brass Band have benefited greatly from Tony’s theoretical and technical knowledge but, above all, from a style rooted in positive encouragement.
    As the well known saying goes - the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Under Tony’s musical leadership the band is playing at the highest standard in living memory.
    Programmes are varied, interesting and give the band a true sense of accomplishment.
    As a community band, with no contesting restriction on the band size, Tony has welcomed and encouraged new players and now most rehearsals regularly have over 30 players in attendance.

    Tony’s policy of trying to break out of the brass band sector bubble has seen the band perform with other soloists including vocalists and orchestral instrumentalists. The band has performed in a varied set of concert settings from church and town hall locations to professional theatre, outdoor music festivals and carol concerts at Christmas. Many of these have been to capacity audiences. Additionally, the band has had the privilege of sharing a platform with various Salvation Army Corps around Lincolnshire. Tony has developed the bands repertoire with new additions to the music library fully embracing the increasing breadth of the bands engagements.
    One of the band members said recently “the test of a good rehearsal is whether you leave seeing something in the music that you never knew was there”. Tony brings these insights to everyone and the playing standard continues to reach new levels as a result.
    The band looks forward to the continuing happy relationship with Tony at its helm.