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Euphoniums and Baritones

Solo Euphonium - Adam Rutter BMus MA

Adam was appointed as the band’s principal Euphonium in 2005. Coming from a brass banding family, he began playing at the Kirkby Moorside Band before moving on to some famous named bands which included Yorkshire Imps and Carlton Main Frickley. He has taken part in all the major brass band contests and festivals.

He moved to the Midlands in 2005 to take up a full time brass peripatetic teaching post with South East Derbys and also works for Derby Music Centre.  He has been the Musical Director of the Darley Dale Band.

At Derwent Brass, as well as being principal Euphonium, he is also the Assistant Musical Director.

In 1996 Adam became the 'Junior Euphonium Champion of the World'. A title he still proudly claims to hold as the competition has not been held since!



Euphonium - Martyn Hoffman

Martyn started playing Euphonium aged 12 years old and was taught by Ruth Allen, Bradford Turnbell and Gary Rose. His early playing career saw him perform at the BBC Proms with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and also perform for the Queen with the Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band for her diamond jubilee. 

Martyn went on to hold the Principal Euphonium seat with the famous Youth Brass 2000 for 4 years, in which time winning 3 National titles, 3 British Open titles, 1 National Entertainment Championship and twice runner-up at the European Youth Brass Band Championships.

As a member and/or soloist with various ensembles (including Youth Brass 2000) Martyn has toured all over Europe including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain with particularly highlight performances including those at Disneyland Paris and the Menin Gate, Belgium.

Martyn went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and was tutored by both Steven Mead and David Thornton. During his time at the conservatoire he also played with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and the Wingates Band performing at such prestigious events as the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Brass in Concert at The Sage, Gateshead. Martyn most recently was the principal Euphonium at Foresters Brass before joining Derwent Brass in April 2017

Adrian Drewitt - Solo Baritone

Adrian began his playing in the Salvation Army, originally on the Cornet, following in his father's musical footsteps. He had played with several bands in the area before progressing to Baritone with the famous Midlands based William Davis Construction Group Band.

He then went on to play with Nottingham City Transport and Newstead Welfare, before being invited to join Derwent Brass on Solo Baritone in 1999.

Unusually for the Baritone, Adrian is a regularly featured soloist with the band in concert, contest and on recordings due to his unique sound. Adrian has also supported the band as a committee member and is definitely the first to arrive for every rehearsal! 






Richard Simnor - Second Baritone

Richard Simnor Derwent Brass BaritonrRichard started playing Tenor Horn for Syston Training Band at the age of 7. After a promising start, which was rudely interrupted by the loss of his milk teeth, he switched allegiances to the piano for several years, until a former teacher convinced him to return to his brass roots.

Resuming his brass career at Syston British Legion Band, he began to learn the Euphonium, and held the solo seat there from age 15. Around this time he joined Youth Brass 2000, where he played alongside Chris Leonard (Derwent Brass Solo Cornet / Marketing Manager). During this period the band became National Youth Entertainment Champions, BBC Youth Band of the Year and French Open Champions among many other successes.

In 1998 Richard was invited to join Nottingham City Transport Band in their solo Baritone spot, later moving to the Ancient Order of Foresters Brass as they made their preparations for National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Since that time he has played Euphonium /Baritone for the professional Foresters Brass Ensemble and currently holds the Principal Baritone seat at Foresters Brass 2000. 

In 2014 Richard helped out with the recording of Diversity. He enjoyed the experience so much he couldn’t keep away! As soon as he heard of the second Baritone position opening up, he was straight on the phone to MD Keith Leonard to discuss the possibility of playing for Derwent alongside his current commitments to Foresters. Happily Keith accepted, bringing another Championship Section solo Baritone player into the Derwent fold. 

Outside the band room Richard is an enthusiastic archer and avid follower of Formula 1.


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