Tuba player Stephen to play for Europe

Stephen Crooks Murley band

TOP GIG…Letterbreen man Stephen Crooks has landed a place in the European Youth Brass Band

A LOCAL tuba player has landed a top gig with the European Youth Brass Band.

Stephen Crooks, from Letterbreen, confirmed his place in the band this week.

A former pupil of Erne Integrated College, Stephen has recently been working as principal tuba with the RTE concert orchestra and also working with the national symphony orchestra of Ireland.

The 21-year-old is conductor of The Letterbreen Silver Band and Brookeboro flute band and has been studying in his third year at The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. He is also a member of  local brass/pop band ‘Midnight Graffiti’.

Over 30 talented young musicians from across over Europe will be picked to participate in the 2014 European Youth Brass Band (EYBB) for a residential seminar involving rehearsals, training and public performances at high profile events, as part of the European Festival of Brass 2014.

This will be the 12th formation of the band which is created from Europe’s young talented brass and percussion players, coming together as representatives of their home countries.

Stephen told the Fermanagh Herald: “It feels great to be chosen again, I took part in the European Youth Band 2010 in Austria and to have another chance to take part in this course is fantastic in Perth, Scotland.

“I’m looking forward to working with brass players from all over Europe and listening to some of the world’s best brass bands in the European brass band championships.”

THE Fermanagh/Tyrone brass band summer school is to return for a third installment this year.


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