RWCMD adds a ‘Buzz’ to the honours list

The leading New Zealand euphonium player Byron Newton has been made a Honorary Associate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. 'Buzz' as he is affectionately known, joins the likes of trumpeter Chris Avison, composer Mark Boden, singer Justina Gringyte, pianist and fellow euphonium virtuoso David Childs in being recognised as graduates who have gone on to establish a significant artistic reputation early in their professional careers.

Brian Weir, Director of student experience commented, "The Associates are examples of the aspirations the College has for its all graduates and we are delighted to recognise their achievements formally,"

Since graduation Buzz has taken principal roles with the all-conquering Wellington Brass as well as the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, and has firmly established himself as a leading figure in brass performance and education. In 2017 he launched his own brass academy, 'Buzzing Brass', which now boasts two youth bands and two learners groups in Wellington and the Wairarapa area. He is also a member of the national executive committee of the New Zealand BBA.

Commenting on the award Byron said, "I've been very fortunate in my career so far to have been very well supported by friends and family as well as many bands around the country.

Working as the band coordinator for Wellington Brass has been fun and challenging, and being in the city has given me a great base to launch my career."

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