The Illinois Brass Band (Musical Director Stephen Squires) has named Salvationist composer Andrew Wainwright as Artistic Advisor. Illinois Brass Band President William Kaempfe said, “I believe Andrew’s ability and experience will help take us to the next level of musical excellence.”
Wainwright is a long-time member of the Salvation Army and is currently the Divisional Music Director for the Wisconsin Division. He is also composer-in-residence to the Virtuosi GUS Band and editor of SA Bandsman magazine. Wainwright holds a music degree from Middlesex University. His composition skills were first recognized in 1997 when he became runner-up in Performance in the Arts Channel’s Young Composer of the Year competition for Great Britain.
Wainwright’s many projects include arranging several of Karl Jenkins’ works – The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace (brass band, choir and organ), Stabat Mater (brass band) and Gloria (brass band). Both of the latter have been performed by Black Dyke Band and Cory Band, among others, including performances on BBC Radio 2. He has also been commissioned by soloists such as Brett Baker, David Daws, David Childs, Chris Jeans, James Fountain, Les Neish and Sheona White. In addition, Wainwright was the organizer of the Brass for Africa concert series, which raised nearly £12,000 for various African projects.
As a performer, in addition to playing with some of the top Salvation Army bands, he has played in numerous ensembles such as Cory Band and Virtuosi GUS Band, and has participated in tours of Europe, North America and Africa.
Commenting on the appointment, Wainwright said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with a band of this calibre. IBB is a band with an exciting future and I am sure the partnership will be mutually beneficial, as well as helping to strengthen links with the S[alvation] A[rmy].”