Blackpool Brass are pleased to announce that Max Stannard has accepted the position of Musical Director.
Max is a trombone player, conductor, composer and arranger. He played in his first brass band at secondary school and has never looked back. Max studied Music at Lancaster University, specialising in conducting. Max conducted Lancaster Community Music Centre's Orchestra, in addition the Lancaster University Brass Band and Wind Band, winning Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival. Upon graduating from university, Max became a music teacher and is currently Head of Music at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester.
Max began composing and arranging music for brass band whilst at university and his works have gone on to be published in the UK and Europe; in 2018 Max won the competition to write the Brass Fest UK Anthem, Into the Future. In 2011 Max founded the UniBrass competition at Lancaster University and has compèred the event ever since. When the UniBrass Foundation was created in 2015, he became a trustee. In the same year he joined Brass Bands England as a trustee.
Max was appointed musical director of Friezland Band in 2016. In his time with the band he arranged brand new music to update their repertoire, brought the band back to contesting after a six year hiatus and doubled the number of players in the band. Max was delighted to have been appointed as the musical director of Blackpool Brass in 2019.