Principal Euphonium Matt Spriggs BA (Hons) Arts Hum (Open)

Matt was born and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Starting on cornet aged 8, he played with several local colliery brass bands before joining the Army at 16 as a musician on the Euphonium.

After studying Euphonium and String Bass at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where he was awarded the Frank Wright medal for Brass Player of the Year, Matt joined the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as Principal Euphonium.

Matt was fortunate to perform in many countries and ensembles around the world, one highlight being part of the first ever British military unit to march and perform on Red Square, Moscow.

Whilst based in the south of England, Matt held the position of Principal Euphonium at Sandhurst Silver Band under the direction of Ian McElligott.

After a successful 27 year Army career, Matt relocated back to Chesterfield in 2015 with his wife Amanda and two daughters Katie and Charlotte. It was at this time he joined Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on Euphonium. Matt’s time at the band proved very enjoyable with highlights including the Yorkshire Area, Brass in Concert and the World Music Contest podiums, along with winning the French Open Contest.

Matt joined Derwent Brass in October 2021 as Principal Euphonium.

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 and following a tenure at Newstead Brass on Solo Euphonium joined Derwent Brass in 2018.

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