Friary Guildford Band: The Age of King and Porter

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Matt the Shed, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Matt the Shed

    Matt the Shed Member

    Friary Guildford Brass Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Porter as their principal euphonium and Bandmaster. Over the past 18 months Andy has played with Friary on a number of occasions, including at the band’s impressive fourth placing at Pontins last year and most recently helping the band claim their record equalling sixth SCABA Entertainment contest title in May. As well as an exceptionally talented Euphonium player Andy, who studied with Steven Mead at the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently the British Army Brass Band’s Principal Euphonium, is also one of the banding movement’s most up and coming conductors. In his new role as Bandmaster, Andy will assist Friary’s Musical Director, Chris King, to further improve on the band’s recent successes and propel them back into the Championship section. Andy follows in the footsteps of Chris, who is now Bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards band, by being selected to attend the prestigious Army Bandmasters course at Kneller Hall.

    Another two of Friary’s regular deputies have made the permanent move to join one of the South’s most exciting and successful bands. Lauren Cave joins Friary on front row cornet after helping the band out on a number of the cornet positions over the past year, including bumper to Principal cornet player Richard Straker. Alan Westwood, husband of Euphonium player Steph, makes his permanent move to Friary on BBb bass after previously depping for the band at contests in Blackpool and Crawley.

    Friary are now holding auditions for the position of front row cornet to complete a strong line-up that in September will compete at the Wychavon Festival of Brass and travel to Ettlingen in Germany. For further details visit or email