Future All-Stars Finale Concert
Future All-Stars is one of the staple events for the New York Staff Band and continues to be a highlight for the band each and every year. This year we are excited to have with us 60 young people from the USA Eastern Territory and beyond. We are hopeful that you will be able to join us for the Finale Concert on March 19.
March 19, 2017 – 3:30pm
The Salvation Army
Montclair Citadel Corps
13 Trinity Place
Montclair, New Jersey
SPECIAL GUESTS: James and Thomas Fountain from the UK!
Having been brought up playing the cornet in brass bands, James Fountain enjoyed a fruitful 5 year spell as Principal Cornet with the Virtuosi GUS Band, in his early teens, whilst also holding the same position with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for 9 consecutive courses. Before moving to London in 2012, to study trumpet art the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, James also spent a year as Principal Cornet with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
In November 2014, at only 20 years of age, James was appointed as the Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Alongside its regular performances in London, the orchestra has an intense touring schedule throughout which often includes regular trips to Asia, North America and Europe. Now into his 2nd season with the RPO, James looks forward to performing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with them in October 2017 at the Cadogan Hall in London.
As a soloist, he has performed around the world in Australia, North America, Asia, South America and all over Europe. James was delighted to return to the NYBBGB as guest soloist on their Easter Course, 2015, working again with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. And in August 2015, James was a featured soloist in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, performing Aaron Copland’s ‘Quiet City’with the RPO.
James regularly performs with the highly acclaimed brass septet ‘Septura’and the ‘SuperBrass’Ensemble. And commercially, has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as Alan Menken, Howard Shore and Henry Jackman.
Thomas started playing the cornet at the age of three through the Salvation Army and it was somewhat inevitable with both his parents, Gary and Cathy, both cornet players themselves.
Thomas progressed through the Northamptonshire County Music Service becoming principal cornet of the youth band for 3 years and has also held the principal cornet seat of the prestigious Youth Brass 2000 since the age of 13.
He has been fortunate enough to take part in various solo concerts including a solo appearance in Canada. Thomas was awarded the BBC Young Brass Player of the Year under 18 for 2013 and has won numerous soloist awards within the youth brass band circuit and the best soloist at the Mine Workers National Brass Band Competition.
Thomas also holds the prestigious position of Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
Currently studying Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music Thomas succeeded his brother James to become the Principal Cornet of the band in October 2015.