Marsh Gibbon Silver Band are currently looking for a Musical Director.
Musical Director was Chris Johnston who was appointed on 9th June
2016 to 30th March 2018.
More about our previous Musical Director here
Christopher Leon Johnston
Christopher Leon Johnston is from a family deeply involved in the brass
band movement. He started playing the cornet at the age of 5, and by the age of 6, self–taught, won his first
Born in Carlisle in 1957 and from a Salvation Army background, in his
early years he was in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire area and was a member of several mineworkers brass bands. These bands
included Cresswell Colliery, Rossington Colliery, Dinnington Colliery and Thurcroft Colliery.
his family moving to Cornwall he continued playing with brass bands in that region, including Camborne Town (Championship
Section), St Austell Band (Championship Section), St Keverne Band (1st Section) and Redruth Town Band (1st Section), all in
the position of principal euphonium and Bandmaster. He then began conducting brass bands and teaching young and old players
to play a brass instrument and how to read music. He was approached by several Cornish brass bands to become their Musical
Director and he accepted two of these appointments - one with the Hayle Town Band (2nd Section) and one with the Redruth Town
Band (1st Section).
In 1974 he was playing euphonium for the Camborne Town Band (Championship
Section) that won the World Championship in Kerkrade, Holland and also achieved 5th place at the National finals in the Royal
From 1975-1977 he was again with The St Keverne band in Cornwall on principal euphonium.
During this time the band won the 3rd Section National finals - the only Cornish band ever to take this title.
Also in this period he formed a 10-piece brass group which toured Cornwall with Goff Richards, who was a family friend for
1978 He was approached by the famous Cresswell Colliery band (Championship Section) in Derbyshire
to become their principal euphonium player. He accepted this position, and was provided a job at the colliery and a
house - all part of the incentive to move to Derbyshire. At Cresswell he played in several competitions and concerts and performed
many solo items to very large audiences.
In 2001 he started playing baritone for the Travelsphere Holidays Band
(formerly GUS (Footwear) Band and Munn & Felton Band), one of the premier brass bands in the country. This was under
the musical direction of Frank Renton, presenter of the BBC’s “Listen to the Band” Radio programme. But,
due to work pressure at the time, he had to leave his band position to concentrate on his career.
His most recent Musical Director position was for the last 3 years conducting
the Harlow Brass Band. Having built the Band up to nearly full strength and improving the overall standard of the Band,
he needed to cut down on the 125 mile round trip to rehearsals every week. He is now looking forward to working with
the Marsh Gibbon Silver Band and finding out what can be achieved with them in the very near future and beyond.