Northfleet Brass Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Austin as their Musical Director. Andrew graduated with honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music in 1995, having studied Performance skills, Conducting, Composition and Arrangement. As well as appearing with most of Wales’ noted ensembles and orchestras his works were performed at venues such as St. Davids Hall Cardiff, and The Fairfield Halls Croydon. He established himself as a freelance musician working with artists such as Keith Tippett and Yehudi Menuhin. Andrews' career in education began after graduating from Goldsmiths College London. He has worked in a variety of schools across the London and Kent region, including as Director of Performing Arts at Specialist Status Schools, helping them not only to achieve this prestigious status but also to raise to the challenges of Arts Mark Gold. He has an innovative approach to Music, Performing Arts at KS2 and 3. He is currently employed as Director of Music at a pioneering Federation of schools in Kent, and is co founder and partner of ArtsPool. Andrew has developed a reputation for directing and producing high quality productions and workshops built upon his wide experience as a performer and conductor. Credits include International Arts Festivals and arranging music for a variety of educational performances including Cabarets and Pantomimes. He continues to be an active performer and conductor with some of Britain's top Brass Bands as well as Youth Music Organisations, whilst adjudicating Youth competitions at some of the South’s most prestigious schools. ”This is a fantastic opportunity to build and develop upon the previous successes of one of Kent’s top brass bands. It gives us a great chance to be adventurous in our outlook and repertoire, forging links with the local community as well as building a strong platform for contest successes. I am thoroughly looking forward to and am excited by the future of the band”. - A. Austin Applications for cornet players and other areas of the band are welcome.