Gordon Evans MBE | National Children's Brass Band of Scotland | Musical Director
Gordon Evans learned to play in The Salvation Army and in 1969 left the Kettering Citadel Band to spend nine years as a tuba player in the Band of HM Scots Guards, where he played at all the major ceremonial occasions, toured the world and made numerous recordings with the band, including a solo performance on Radio 3 Bandstand programme.
In 1978 a career change saw him appointed as the first full-time brass and woodwind instructor to the schools in the Campbeltown area. He stayed for 25 years forming Campbeltown Grammar School brass and wind bands, Kintyre Schools Band and ultimately Campbeltown Brass. All these groups went on to win British and Scottish Championships and regularly produce a whole conveyor belt of players, many still playing in bands and orchestras all of the world.
He followed this by taking up brass teaching appointments in Cumbria and Dundee, before retiring in December 2013. With his wife, Libby, he returned to Campbeltown and has taken over as Musical Director of Campbeltown Brass.
In recognition of this work in Kintyre, he has been awarded both the MBE and The Mortimer Medal.
His association with NYBBS started in 1985 and he was the instigator of The National Children’s Brass Band of Scotland, a project very close to his heart.