Players

Principal EEb Tuba Vacant

Currently vacant

EEb Tuba Rob Stew

Rob began playing the Euphonium at the early age of 8 in his local village band, Bulkington Silver in Warwickshire. Early teachings came from Albert Chappell, Trevor Groom and Burt Sullivan.

He has played at every level, most notably with Jones & Crossland and was a founder member of the Heart of England Band. Following the demise of these bands Rob was asked to take the Solo Euphonium seat at the famous 'William Davis Construction Band' under the baton of Dr. Keith Wilkinson. In addition to Euphonium, Rob's versatility at Davis' saw him covering the Solo Baritone, Trombone and Tuba seats.

After a 10 year sabbatical from playing, the band enticed Rob to help to play at a Christmas Concert in 2005 and having enjoyed both the playing great camaraderie, agreed to join on Euphonium where he stayed until March 2013. Rob has always enjoyed sessions on Tuba so when the opportunity arose to move over to the 'dark side' on EEb Tuba he jumped at the chance of a new challenge where he has stayed ever since.

BBb Tuba Neil Riddle

Neil began playing the Euphonium at age of ten whilst living in Cornwall. A move to Surrey saw a brief flirtation with the French horn in the local school orchestra before sensibly moving onto the tuba and migration to the local town band in Godalming.

At the age of sixteen the option of continuing a musical education was shelved to purse a career in Forestry. The musical bug has remained though and Neil has been a member of a number of brass bands in both Cumbria and the Midlands whilst moving around the country following a number of management postings in the Forestry Commission. Three consecutive trips to Malta with English Festival Brass were a musical and social highlight whilst studying Forestry in Cumbria.

Neil spent an impressive 18 years with Derwent Brass, predominantly on EEb Tuba, enjoying performing with both the full band and ensemble before taking a break from the band due to heavy work committments. We were delighted to welcome Neil back in 2017 on BBb Tuba.

BBb Tuba Steve Bottomley

Steve is a well known Tuba player in Midland's banding circles having played for several bands in the area including Newark Town Band, Clipstone Colliery, Foss Dyke, NSK (Newark) Ransomes, Blidworth Welfare, Thoresby Colliery and most recently Newstead Brass.

Included in his wealth of banding experience is being part of the inaugural NSK (Newark) Ransome trip to Germany for Newark's twinning association with Emmendingen with Musical Director David James.

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