Wed 18 Jan 2017
Stig Maersk to Direct Band at North West Regional Championships

The Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band are delighted to announce that they have secured the services of Stig Mærsk to direct them at the North West Regional Championships in February, following the departure of Neil Samuel to Blackburn and Darwen Band.

Born in Denmark, Stig was principal cornet with the Danish National Champion Band, Concord Brass, before concentrating on his studies and trumpet at the Danish Royal Academy. Since graduating he has played professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Band of the Danish Royal Guards and worked as Musical Director of The Aarhus Band and The Concord Band. In 2013 he was appointed as Musical Director of the National Youth Band of Denmark.

Since moving to the UK, Stig has conducted Hepworth, Pemberton Old Wigan, Wakefield Metropolitan and Yorkshire Imps. Stig conducts several bands in Scandinavia, and has shared the contest stage with Göta Brass and Christianshavn Brass Band, and is currently working on a project with the elite group, Danish Concert Brass, which is a band consisting of invited players from the leading bands in Denmark.

Stig was appointed to the position of Musical Director of the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band in February 2016. Conducting the band at the North of England areas when they qualified for London, Stig became the first Dane to conduct at the National Brass Band Championships, held at the Royal Albert Hall on October 8th, 2016.

The band would also like to offer sincere thanks to resident conductor Iain McKnight for stepping in over Christmas, leading rehearsals and fronting a fantastic Christmas concert to a packed Civic Hall in Poynton. Preparation ahead of the North West Regional Championships is in full swing and Iain is working the band hard ahead of Stig's arrival.

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