Resident Musical Director Unveiled!

The Staffordshire Band is delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Williams as their new Musical Director.

Craig began his musical life under the expert direction of Dennis Masters as BBb Bass for Langley Band. His first area appearance was at the Derby Assembly Rooms in 1979 at the relatively tender age of 17. He had an opportunity to join Desford Colliery under Howard Snell in 1980 but his commitments to youth work prevented him taking up this prestigious offer. In 1987 he founded (alongside two other life long friends) Sovereign Brass where he spent his next 21 years. He joined The Flowers Band in 2009 and the following 8 years, are as they say, history.

Craig has played under many outstanding Musical Directors quietly absorbing the expertise and knowledge they brought to his banding experience. They include Harry Mortimer, Dennis Masters, Roy Newsome, Frank Renton, Garry Cutt, James Gourley, Paul Holland, Richard Evans, Howard Snell, Tom Davoran, Edward Gregson, Michael Fowles, Bryan Hurdley, Barry Pope, Stephen Roberts, Trevor Jones, David Maplestone and more. He is the first to acknowledge the outstanding guidance and tuition received from these outstanding MD’s during his playing career.

As well as Brass Bands Craig has been resident organist in a number of churches. He was first appointed organist at the tender age of 16 which included responsibility for directing multi church festivals. He is currently filling the vacant position at Holy Trinity CoE in Old Hill.

In a quote about his recent appointment, Craig stated:

"The Staffordshire Band have been friends for many years and I am excited to be part of their team. We have already established very clear objectives and timelines as to the direction of the Band. The initial enthusiasm and support from the Band has been incredible and we are all very excited about our future together.

The Staffordshire Band is a very friendly place to play and this culture will be continued alongside hard work along with some very high-quality playing. The Band is very fortunate in having a strong line up and only need a few seats that need filling to complete their permanent team. There have been some great signings recently and our aim is to be the best we can be whilst maintaining a friendly band ethic to ensure a bright future. We are excited about our future together combining great playing with enjoyment and fun."

A member of The Staffordshire Band Committee stated:
"It is with great pleasure and a great amount of pride that we welcome Craig as our new MD. Already the band has grown in confidence and, with Craig’s assistance and support working alongside Leigh Baker, the Band managed to attain a recent 2nd place in the National Finals of Great Britain (First Section). The Staffordshire Band now looks forward to continuing their onward and upwards journey with Craig at the helm as work now commences on building and strengthening the Band even further."

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