The Youth Brass Band of Central Florida
MD Gavin Pritchard
Gavin Pritchard was born in Yorkshire into a very musical environment. At the time, his father Gareth, was Principal Cornet with the Brodsworth Colliery Band and then GUS/Rigid Containers Band. As a toddler, Gavin would regularly attend rehearsals with his father often sitting under his seat listening to the band. He even learned how to follow (the percussion line at least) a score before he could read and write. It was also not unusual to find Gavin in the kitchen with pots, pans and wooden spoons playing his own “drum kit”!
At the end of 1990, the whole family moved to Norway and Gavin immediately became involved with music on a more serious level. His first band was Tomrefjord Skulekorps from the small village of Tomrefjord (2,000 inhabitants) in the North West of Norway. His father was the conductor at the time and when he was given a list of players, he noticed that there was a vacancy on percussion. Bearing in mind events with Gavin up to that point and also initially seeing it as a way to meet new friends, he suggested that Gavin take the vacant spot in the percussion group. Thus began his career as a Percussionist.
Gavin’s progress as a percussionist was quite startling and during his very successful time in Norway, he played with: Tomrefjord Skulekorps, Molde Brass Band, Molde Symphony Orchestra, Haukaas Musikklag, Radoy Brass, Sandefjord Brass Symposium, Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, Nanset Wind Band and as an invited guest player with the Royal Norwegian Navy Band.
In 1998, the family moved back to the UK where Gavin studied at the RNCM in Manchester. After graduating, Gavin has worked as a peripatetic teacher and also as a freelance percussionist. He started in brass bands in the UK with Leyland before moving on to YBS where he played with them for over 7 years. Gavin has since played with many of the top brass bands in the UK.
Away from bands, Gavin also regularly worked with the major Orchestras in the UK, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At the beginning of 2012 he also recorded all the percussion tracks for the music used at the Olympic Games in London. In 2015 he and his whole family moved over to Florida where he currently works as Principal Timpanist with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as well as playing with the Brass Band of Central Florida, teaching percussion at various schools and working with the Florida Orchestra as an extra musician.