Gavin started playing brass at the age of 7 in the Deiniolen Youth Band. He moved to tuba at the age of 10, and started taking brass playing seriously following a lesson with Black Dyke legend Colin Aspinall. He quickly progressed to county groups and the North Wales Youth Orchestra. He became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, leading the tuba section for several courses. During his school days Gavin won several prestigious awards for his playing and developed into an accomplished soloist as well as an ensemble player. Gavin completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Salford where he specialised in Musical Performance and Arts Administration. Gavin has been a member of some of the finest brass bands including Leyland, Fairey, Yorkshire Building Society, and Cory. Personal career highlights include being awarded the City of Bergen Soloist Prize at the 2003 European Brass Band Championships, and being a guest soloist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Conference. In 2003 Gavin was nominated as Player of the Year throughout on the respected website 4barsrest, and has been regularly chosen for their annual Band of the Year selection. As a soloist, performer and clinician Gavin has performed and held workshops all over the world including Norway, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Italy, Germany and throughout the UK. In October 2019 he will undertake a tour of Japan as a soloist with the Black Dyke Band. As well as being a tutor at Bangor University Gavin has also held the same post at the University of Salford. He is the current tuba tutor for the NYBBW. As well as being a player Gavin is no stranger to the conducting baton having led several local bands to Regional and National success.
Principal Eb Tuba