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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 - James Emberley

James grew up in East Sussex and started playing the Euphonium aged 11.  His early playing experiences started with the Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band and East Sussex Music Service. In 2005 James moved to Manchester to study with Professor David King, Peter Graham and Howard Evans at the University of Salford. 

His introduction to top flight banding started with Wire Brass before moving on to join the Yorkshire Building Society Band. This provided a fantastic opportunity to study Euphonium under the direction and tuition of Morgan Griffiths. 

In 2008 he joined The Fairey Band. His musical highlights have to be winning the English Nationals and going on to represent England at the 2011 European Brass Band Championships as well as playing at many of the major music festivals with Acid Brass. James went on to play Solo Euphonium with Milnrow Band, winning the Grand Shield as well as qualifying for the British Open and National Finals for the first time in the band's history.

In 2017 James relocated to Derbyshire as his wife’s family are from the area and joined Derwent Brass in 2018 from the Newstead Brass.   

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


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