The committee are responsible for running UniBrass, both in public and behind the scenes. Without their hard work and dedication, UniBrass would not be able to run each year at all, let alone be the spectacular event that it is.

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Committee 2017

Andy Straiton

Chair-Andy Straiton

Originally from Leeds, Andy is in his third year as a Chemistry student at the University of York. He is a trombone player, who has played in brass bands since the age of ten. Having started banding under his teacher Gordon Eddison at Leeds Schools Brass Band, he progressed to play for his local band, the Otley Brass Band, as well as Elland Silver Youth Band. During his time at Elland he won the National Youth Championships and Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships, and performed at many of the best venues across the country. He sits on solo trombone for the University of York Brass Band, and has played solo trombone in the championship section with York Railway Institute Band.

Will Stanford Abbiss

Secretary-Will Stanford Abbiss

Will graduated from the University of York with an MA in Film and Literature in 2016. He began playing the trumpet last century, and eventually entered into the world of brass bands in 2012. He first attended UniBrass with the University of Birmingham in 2013, and currently plays Repiano Cornet for the University of York Brass Band. Alongside his UniBrass commitments, Will is a UYBB Social Secretary for the 2016-17 academic year. Will intends to continue his academic studies in television and literature to PhD level in the near future and, when not obsessively checking the grammar of press releases, can also be found looking after the UniBrass Twitter page.

Reece Bittan

Treasurer-Reece Bittan

Originally from Barnsley, Reece is in his third year studying Electronic Engineering and Music Technology at the University of York. He began playing percussion at the age of 11, and became involved in numerous rock, jazz, and electronic bands before finally joining Barnsley Brass in 2012 where he has had the opportunity to play under the likes of David King and William Rushworth.

Chris Duckworth

Contest Secretary-Chris Duckworth

A student in his third year of a Mathematics degree at the University of York, Chris began playing in the Fulbourn and Teversham RBL Brass band at the age of 7 in 2003. While mainly playing cornet for several brass bands, including Cottenham Brass Band, he has also played the euphonium and tenor horn in various wind bands and orchestras, mainly while studying at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. Chris joined the University of York Brass Band in 2014, playing front row cornet, and in his second and third years has been treasurer for the band.

Charlotte Scoynes

Marketing Manager-Charlotte Scoynes

Charlotte is in her fourth year studying Biochemistry at York. Having played the piano since the age of 6, Charlotte later took up the tenor horn aged 9. She has been a member of North Wiltshire Youth Band, where she continues to help with teaching new members and conducting, Ramsbury Silver Band, and Loxley Silver Band whilst on a placement year in Sheffield. Charlotte joined the University of York Brass Band in 2013, and was on the committee as press and publicity in her second and third years.

Kathryn Hill

Marketing Officer-Kathryn Hill

Kathryn is in her third year studying Chemistry at York. She started playing cornet at the age of 10, and soon moved onto tenor horn. She joined Rushden Town Band aged 11, and has also been a member of Bishop Stopford School Brass Band, Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band and Boobs and Brass, playing in many prestigious venues across the country and attending the National Youth Championships, the National Brass Band Championships and the European Youth Championships. Since joining the University of York in 2014, Kathryn has been a member of the University of York Brass Band on Solo Horn. As well as being a keen brass bander, Kathryn has been a member of various choirs.

Heather Curnow

Education Coordinator-Heather Curnow

Heather is in her third year of her music degree at the University of York. She began playing the piano at a very young age, and after being inspired by a fellow student in an assembly, she took up the trombone aged 10. She entered the brass band world soon after with the East Riding Youth Brass Band, and a few years later Driffield Silver Band, alongside many other orchestras and ensembles. Heather currently occupies the Solo Trombone chair of the University of York Brass Band and plays trombone in the championship section York Railway Institute Band. She is also the UYBB librarian for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Ed Hathaway

Webmaster-Ed Hathaway

Bass trombonist Ed is studying for a BSc in Computer Science, and will (hopefully) graduate in 2018. Normally based in York, in 2016/17 Ed is in Oxford for a year in industry between his 2nd and 3rd years. Ed’s musical education started on piano in 2002 at the age of 6, before he moved to trumpet in 2006. After a year of learning, he was introduced to the brass band movement and never looked back. In addition to the University of York Brass Band, Ed enjoys playing in the University of York Big Band, Wind Band and various show bands, most recently the band for the University of York’s musical society, CHMS’s production of “Sweet Charity” and the premiere of “The Tree of War” written by a York alumnus.

Anthony Williams

Streaming Coordinator-Anthony Williams

Anthony graduated from York in 2016 with an MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering. After beginning to play the trumpet at the age of 9, in 2011 he joined the University of York Brass Band. Anthony has been involved in student radio and TV throughout his time at York, and will be bringing his expertise in these area to UniBrass 2017.

Joe Henderson

Event Coordinator-Joe Henderson

Originally from Cornwall, Joe made the move to York in 2013 when he began studying for a Physics degree. He will graduate in 2017 with an MPhys. Joe first entered the musical world when he began learning the flute in 2002. It wasn’t until 2009 that he made the decision to pick up a trumpet. He continues to play both instruments in wind bands and orchestras, but it was the University of York Brass Band that introduced him to brass banding. One of the things that makes banding so enjoyable for Joe is the social side, and he has just finished his year as one of UYBB’s Social Secretaries.

Chris Baldwin

Event Coordinator-Chris Baldwin

In the second year of his Chemistry degree at the University of York, Chris has been playing brass instruments since the age of 5. Initially starting on trumpet with the South Derbyshire Music Centre, at the age of 15 Chris made the move onto Eb Bass, a transition that was helped along by his tuba playing brother. He soon got involved with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band and Youth Orchestra, occupying the principal Tuba seat for two years including a tour to Japan in 2013.

His first introduction to the world of brass band contests was in 2013 with the first section Gresley Colliery Band, where he remained until coming to university. Since making the move to York Chris has joined the top section York Railway Institute Band as solo Eb Bass player, with whom he competed in the North of England area contest March 2016. Within the University, Chris plays with several ensembles including the University of York Brass Band, Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.