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Tony came from the ranks of the Salvation Army, based at the Chester le Street Corps in the north east of England. In his youth he was in frequent demand as a euphonium soloist before being accepted as a trombonist at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the R.N.C.M). The switch to tuba was a natural one and he made his professional debut with the Halle Orchestra under Barbirolli in 1968. He moved to Scotland as principal Tuba with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 3 years later where he remained until December 1997 when he decided to relinquish his position in order to develop his career as a conductor, composer and teacher. Since his debut appointment as associate conductor with the Whitburn Band in 1980, Tony has enjoyed considerable success conducting all of Scotland's elite bands as well as several in England and Norway, with numerous appearances at all of the major contests throughout Great Britain and Scandinavia, including prize winning performances with the Whitburn Band at the European Championships. Tony is particularly proud of his record with developing bands. The achievement of re-establishing, within three years, the Bon Accord Silver Band into the Championship section from the second section, repeated the astonishing emergence of the now sadly defunct Riverside Brass (Glasgow) into the championship section a few years earlier. As a conductor, Tony has also directed professional string and wind ensembles for the BBC and has numerous TV, radio and commercial recordings to his credit. Tony's teaching activities focus on the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he is a senior brass tutor and professor of Tuba. In addition, Tony frequently directs the Academy's various wind and brass ensembles. Elsewhere he is a regular tutor with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and has directed the orchestra's Easter repertoire course. As a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Tony has adjudicated at the principal contests in Scotland, England and Norway, including several return visits to both the National finals and Norway's Siddis Brass.
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