Sandhurst Silver Band – Andrew Porter
Andrew Porter comes from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He left Carrick in 1996 to study music at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester before gaining his first degree from The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, specialising in performance. During his studies he received many awards for his playing; in 2000 he reached the Brass Finals of the Young Musician of the Year. In 2001 he performed the Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the RTE Millennium Musician of the Future competition, live on Irish TV and was deemed to be runner up. His prize was the euphonium he still performs on today. During his time in the North West he performed with some of the finest brass bands in the country and was a member of the highly successful Yorkshire Building Society Band, under the direction of David King.
In 2003 Andrew joined the Army as a musician. Andrew’s ability as an instrumentalist continued to shine and he was awarded with many prizes for performance during his musical training. His first assignment was to the Band of The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in Arborfield, Reading. During his time with the REME he toured most of Europe and in 2006 was invited to Washington DC to perform recitals at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference (TUSABTEC), returning in 2007 to perform Neal Corwell’s concerto, Of the Water, in the presence of the composer, with the United States Army Orchestra. In June 2007 he was invited to be the Principal Euphonium of the British Army Brass Band.
In 2007 Andrew was selected to attend the Student Bandmasters’ Course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, gaining a first class honours degree, the Principal Director of Army Music’s prize for conducting and the overall Academic prize at the conclusion of his course.
His first assignment as a Bandmaster was in 2011 to The Band of the King’s Division in Weeton, Lancashire. In May 2013 the Army decided to put Andrew’s ability to develop and transform people by assigning him to the Afghan National Army Officers Academy (ANAOA) in Qargha, Kabul. Andrew was responsible for establishing the first course, designed to train young Afghan men and women into becoming leaders of the future.
In April 2014 Andrew began his latest, most prestigious appointment in the Household Division as Bandmaster of The Band of The Irish Guards.
Derek brings a wealth of musical experience to Sandhurst Community Brass, having worked with a great variety of enembles from brass bands and orchestras to choirs and operatic productions. Following his studies at the Royal College of Music, Derek spent much of his career in primary teaching and currently focusses on individual tuition in brass and piano as well as a range of academic subjects. Derek is an avid collector of music and a keen steam railway enthusiast – when not conducting or teaching, he can often be found on a train or combing second-hand shops for rare LPs and sheet music.
Since Derek was appointed in early 2016, SCB has continued to go from strength to strength. The band particularly benefits from his enthusiastic and encouraging style of musical leadership, which is an ideal match for SCB’s ambitious, inclusive and supportive ethos.