Brett Baker principal trombone of the Black Dyke Band spent the Easter Holidays with a short tour of Melbourne Australia and Hobart in Tasmania for the 2010 Australian National Brass Band Championships, where he guested with the Kew Band based in Melbourne. Brett managed to get back to the UK just before the total cancellation of UK flights. However he travels shortly with the Black Dyke Band to Linz in Austria for the European Championships whether this takes place by plane, bus or even on foot.
Immediately on his return again to England Brett will fly out to Toronto and play as a soloist with the Mississauga Temple Band and the Oakville Children's€™ Choir with the concert taking place Mississauga Temple Community Church on Cawthra road Mississauga on the 8th May 2010 at 7pm. Then after a short flight down to Columbus Ohio Brett will then visit the Band of the Western Reserve for the sixth time in ten years and their conductor fellow Brit Keith Wilkinson. Here Brett will perform as guest soloist in a concert on 15th May at the Montrose Zion Methodist Church in Akron near Cleveland Ohio.
I have a long standing relationship with both bands which goes back eleven years. I particularly enjoy my concerts with the Band of the Western Reserve as it usually leads to a new arrangement of a trombone solo by Keith. This year I will be premiering the Brass Band arrangement of an old standard for cornet or trombone by Gardell Simons called Atlantic Zephers. However equally exciting will be a return visit to my friends at Mississauga who I have not seen since 2004!
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