Kevin Moxon - Golden Rail Band

Kevin Moxon.jpgKevin started playing the cornet at school in Hoyland near Barnsley at the age of 11. At 13 Kevin joined the Barnsley Music Centre Brass Band on 2nd cornet and progressed onto Soprano Cornet. He auditioned and became principal Soprano Cornet with the Yorkshire Schools Band under the guidance of Dr Keith Wilkinson and with Robert Childs as one of the tutors.

At 18 Kevin joined Andrews Shegfield band where, under David Hirst, he won solo prizes at contests. He was asked to audition with Hammonds Band, joining them in 1982. At that time Bob Childs was Solo Euphonium and Tom Paulin Principal Cornet. Kevin enjoyed a successful period with Hammonds, playing in his first British Open Contest. In 1985 he joined Rockingham Band under the baton of the late Graham O'Connor and then a year later ceased playing upon joining the Police service in North Yorkshire.

Kevin started playing again in 1992 with Giggleswick & Settle Band and soon got the banding bug again. Since then he has played with Barnsley Building Society, Old Silkstone Band, a five year spell at Shepherds Band then EYMS where he again renewed his acquaintance with Bob Childs.

In 2008 Kevin completed a part-time conductor's course with Ray Farr through Durham University. Later in that year he went to live in Cyprus and played for Paralimni Filarmoniki and European University of Nicosea Band as well as RAF Akrotiri band. On returning to the UK in 2010 Kevin played for a short time with Faireys Band before joining Oddfellows Band based near Leicester. He enjoyed a successful period with them, gaining promotion to the Championship section and winning solo prizes on the contest stage.

Due to work commitments and promotion Kevin worked away in Leeds where he joined Yorkshire Imps Band for a spell. In 2011 he moved to Swansea with work and joined BTM Band competing in the Championships against Cory, Tredegar and Tongwynlais bands. Kevin later joined Ebbw Valley Brass Band when they had just won the fourth section Championships. He was fortunate enough to play for them during a golden period of wins and solo prizes culminating in becoming 3rd Section Champions in 2014 and another best Soprano prize.

Kevin has played in the Simply Brass ensemble in Scarborough, conducting them for a ten month spell. He previously conducted Bilsfale band and Shepherds Concert Band as well as singing 2nd tenor in The Dalesman Singers, his choir in Danby near Whitby. Since the summer of 2015, Kevin has played Soprano with York RI Band. He took the baton at Golden Rail in February 2016 and is looking forward to many happy years of music making.

John Stuart - Development Band

John lived at Mexborough, near Doncaster, before moving to York in August 2012. He worked as a teacher in South Yorkshire as head of music departments in secondary schools within the Rotherham L.E.A. During this time he worked with school bands and, latterly, built up a band from scratch to over 40 players, the envy of many other schools, which performed regularly in concerts in and around the town. Much of the music played was composed or arranged by John. After taking ‘early retirement’ in 1999 he was then invited to work 3 days per week for the Doncaster Music Service as part of the Brass Peripatetic Team and also as a Music Specialist in two of Doncaster’s Special Schools before finally retiring in 2009.

John has been a church organist since the age of 15 and it was during his time as organist and choirmaster of Mexborough Parish Church that, in 1972, he was invited to become the Musical Director of the Mexborough Male Voice Choir, an appointment he held for almost 40 years and up to the time he and his wife, Christine, decided to move to York. By his leadership and expertise the ability, confidence and repertoire of the choir flourished. The choir of 40-44 men regularly gave concerts to packed audiences, some venues of 500, and many of the songs performed were arranged by John.

It was in 1994 John joined the Goldthorpe Colliery Brass Band, (formerly the Yorkshire Main BB and latterly Dearne Valley Brass), playing the E flat bass. He moved to the Oughtibridge Brass Band in 2003 and he stayed with it until moving out of the area. John also helped out quite regularly with a number of other local bands when they required ‘guest players’ for concerts.

Within a month of arriving in York, John was playing with the R.I. Golden Rail Band, chosen because of its ‘non-contesting’ status, and was also appointed the organist of Poppleton Parish Church.

The Development Band was initiated and so brilliantly nurtured by Nick Eastwood. John regards his appointment as conductor of the band as a privilege to be working with such an enthusiastic group of players and looks forward to helping and inspiring them to continue to work for a high standard as a group and also in their own individual performances as stepping stones to higher things.