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:
A member of The Staffordshire Band Committee stated:
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