Martyn Evans

BEd (Hons) NABBC member

Conductor, Band Trainer, Teacher, Adjudicator

Martyn Evans

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44 Holden Clough Drive Ashton under Lyne OL7 9TH


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Martyn's musical career began at the age of 11 when he started learning to play the cornet at Mossley Hollins School and Dobcross Silver Band. After 3 years he successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Brass Band of GB. During his time playing with this group he was fortunate enough to play under the musical direction of some of the legends of brass banding including Sir Harry Mortimer, Eric Ball and Geoffrey Brand.

After 4 years of study, Martyn graduated from Manchester University and began a successful career as a music teacher.

In 1979 he joined the teaching staff at Oldham Council Music Centre, an organisation with which he stayed until his retirement in 2013 from his post as Deputy Director of Music.

During the 34 years Martyn spent in Oldham he taught and inspired hundreds of pupils many of whom went on to pursue successful careers as a professional. Throughout his teaching career, Martyn continued to freelance as a player in Orchestras and Big Bands and as a conductor and player in brass bands which have included Glossop, Rochdale Wilsons, Mossley, Besses o' th' Barn, Leyland, Wingates and the City of Bradford.

In 1996 he was invited to take up the baton with the newly reformed Ashton-Under-Lyne Brass Band. This partnership was to prove very successful. He led the band to numerous contest victories which included three consecutive North West Area Titles and three consecutive National Titles of Champion Band of Great Britain in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Since records began Martyn and the Ashton-under-Lyne Band are the only conductor and band to have won three consecutive National Titles in the Third, Second and First Sections.

In late 2013 Martyn was appointed as Musical Director to the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. He was delighted and privileged to conduct this world famous group of talented musicians, fulfilling a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours until the group disbanded in December 2015.

In addition to fulfilling a busy freelance schedule as a player, teacher, adjudicator and conductor, Martyn has recently taken over the baton again at Ashton Band, leading them to immediate success with a win in the 1st section at the North West Area Contest and a 3rd place in the Spring Festival and is looking forward to leading them to future success next year in the Grand Shield and Championship Section.



Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Octagon Theatre Yeovil

Saturday 1 October • The Octagon Theatre. Hendford. Yeovil. Somerset BA20 1UX

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Albany Theatre Coventry

Sunday 2 October • Albany Road, Coventry CV5 6JQ

Contest: Bolsover Festival of Brass

Sunday 2 October • Heritage High School, Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4QG

Boarshurst Silver Band - Phoenix Brass

Sunday 2 October • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 7 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ

East London Brass

September 28 • East London Brass is looking for a new principal cornet. We're a friendly and ambitious band and would love to welcome a great player who knows how to lead, inspire and enjoy themselves!

Cheltenham Silver Band

September 28 • Cheltenham Silver Band are looking for a kit player/percussionist. We are a 3rd section contesting band with an exciting programme of performances and contests. We are a friendly and supportive band with a strong academy and regular social events.

Stape Silver Band

September 28 • We are looking for a new Musical Director for our friendly, family oriented band based in Pickering, North Yorkshire. We are looking for an inspiring MD who will help grow, improve and develop the band.

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