David Gillson

During David’s school years there were limited opportunities to play and he played mainly in the local Salvation Army junior band up until he joined the Tees Valley Music Services where he was quickly promoted to principal cornet in the brass band. He moved schools to Egglescliffe to study for his A levels where he again took the top seat in the band along with a place in trumpet section in the orchestra. During his time at 6th form he made successful appearances at the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham. David has also played on national television where he was featured playing a solo with the brass band as part of an article on proposed music service changes.

David is a former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain where he studied under the guidance of conductor Bramwell Tovey. He has played at numerous prestigious concert venues throughout the UK including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall BBC’s Proms concert. David was also principal cornet of the Territorial (National) Youth Band of the Salvation Army.

In 2011 David started his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where he completed a BMus degree. After initially joining Hebden Bridge Band as principal cornet, within a year David was approached by Grimethorpe Colliery Band where he played solo cornet and experienced one of the highlights of his musical career playing live at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in 2012. During his time at university David was a finalist on the BBC Radio 2 ‘Young Brass Award’ in 2014 and 2015.

In order to gain more experience as a soloist David moved to the Fairey Band where he played solo cornet as well as covering on principal cornet. He now plays repiano cornet with the band.

Away from music David enjoys football and cricket and is a keen follower of Middlesbrough Football Club.