Newton steps down from Wellington
Euphonium ace, Byron Newton has announced that he is to step down from the solo euphonium chair at Wellington Brass. His final performance will be at the New Zealand Championships in Hamilton, which will complete almost a decade together for Buzz and the band.
Commenting on his decision to leave the band Buzz explained, "The time feels right to step aside and to focus on family. Wellington Brass deserves 100% commitment throughout the year, which I've been unable to achieve over the past year since becoming a father. The band has been a huge part of my life, with many highs such as five New Zealand National titles, doing the Australasian 'Double' in 2015 and 2018, as well as memorable events such as the Wellington Oktoberfest, the British Open tour in 2016, and a host of fantastic concerts and projects.
"It has been an extremely tough decision, but one I hope will be mutually beneficial to both me and the band. I would like to thank everyone associated with the band who have helped to keep things driving forward, in particular members of the band's committee. Wellington Brass has become a leading light in New Zealand music making not only as an ensemble but as an innovative organisation. I'll enjoy some time off from regular banding with my main focus on being a stay at home dad, but I'm sure to be playing in a band again soon."
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