The East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) Brass Band are delighted to announce that Neil Johnson has signed for the Band, filling the vacant 2nd Euphonium seat. This seat has been vacant since the early summer, and whilst several players have shown an interest, no one of the right calibre has until now, been prepared to give the required commitment to the Band. The Band would like to thank those players that stepped into the breach for our contest and concert commitments, especially Andrew Kennedy, and Dave Howarth. Born in 1971, in Wakefield, Neil started to play the baritone at the age of 8 in his school band. This band progressed, and developed into an adult band, now known as Knottingley Concert Brass. Established in 1976, Knottingley Concert Brass is still directed by the original MD, Mr Graham Dean, who had a big influence on Neil's banding career. Neil had a spell on Solo Horn for a couple of years, before settling on the Euphonium in 1990. Whilst at KCB, Neil also played for three years with the Yorkshire Schools Brass Band, conducted on occasion by Major Peter Parkes, and Roy Newsome, as well as appearing with such soloists as Jim Shepherd, Alan Morrison, and the Childs brothers. Neil joined his first competing band, Sharlston Colliery Band in 1994 (at the time sponsored by West Yorkshire Motors!). After initially joining on 2nd Baritone, he found himself promoted to Solo Euphonium within a couple of months. It wasn't until the age of 30, that Neil joined his hometown band Knottingley Silver Band in 2002. He enjoyed almost instant success with them, helping them to win the Yorkshire Area 1st Section, and promotion to the Championship Section. Neil currently works as a HotEnd Process Operator at Saint-Gobain Glass UK Limited , at Eggborough, near Selby. When not working or banding, Neil enjoys spending time with his two young sons, going to the gym, coarse fishing, and is an avid Rugby League fan. Neil joins EYMS after helping out at the Pontin's Contest, and being impressed not only by the high standard of playing in the Band, but also by the bandroom atmosphere and enthusiasm of its members.