David Thornton

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Professor of Euphonium and Baritone, Director of Brass Band Studies


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David is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation and has a global reputation. His work as a soloist, conductor and educator is renowned throughout the brass playing world to have a distinct hallmark of extreme virtuosity, professionalism and an ability to connect with audiences like few others in his field.

His work within the brass band world has seen him at the top flight for over a decade. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band (1997-2000) and the Black Dyke Band (2000-2010) having won European, National and British Open Titles during this time. David is currently solo euphonium with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

David has released three solo albums: Three Worlds (awarded Solo CD of the Year for 2004 by the British Bandsman), Devil’s Duel,and Sempre Libera (recorded with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band). He has also appeared as a soloist on 22 different albums, including Epic Brass and Jubilee Brass – live recordings of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

David has been a tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, the International Brass Band Summer School (Swansea) and the Wessex Band Summer School, and many of his current and former students hold principal position with the UK’s leading bands.

He is a Sterling Musical Instruments performing artist and consultant, playing exclusively on the Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium, and is a fully certified member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

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