The talented Andrew Wainwright has been announced as the new Editor of British Bandsman. The magazine, founded in 1887, was acquired in August 2018 by International Brass Band Media (IBB) Ltd. In addition, it was announced that the magazine will return to its roots as a weekly publication in a modern digital-only format -beginning in October 2018.
Wainwright has a long pedigree in journalistic excellence. He has been editor of SA Bandsman since 2011. He is also a noted composer, conductor, educator, and player. In assuming the editorial chair of British Bandsman, he leaves his current position as Assistant Divisional Music Director of the Texas Division of the Salvation Army. Wainwright is the founder and President of the Dallas Brass Band and Artistic Advisor to the Illinois Brass Band. He has also won several prestigious composition competitions and formerly served for several years as Composer-in-Residence to the GUS Virtuosi Band.
Commenting on the new appointment, IBB Media Ltd. Managing Director Martin Gernon was delighted. “In Andrew, we have the perfect person to take the magazine forward as Editor. His life is steeped in music and his broad skill set meant he was not only the perfect candidate for us, but the only one! Andrew joins at an exciting time for the magazine, which will be returning to its roots as a weekly magazine from October onwards, but also embracing the technological changes we need to make in taking the magazine digital which will enable video and audio embedded content to be viewed for the first time ever in a brass band publication.”
Wainwright is equally thrilled with the challenge. “To be The Editor of the worlds longest running and most respected brass band magazine is a huge responsibility, not only to its heritage and brand, but also to the requirement to take the magazine forward to new and wider audiences and build an international following for this most iconic of publications. I am looking forward to this challenge with relish and safeguarding the future direction of the magazine for hopefully many years to come.”
IBB Media Ltd. acquired British Bandsman and its associated properties from KGC Media Ltd. in August 2018. Kenneth Crookston, Editor of the publication since 2004 and proprietor since April 2015, continues to be a major influence on the brass band world as Chief Executive Officer of Brass Bands England.
British Bandsman web site