Chairman: Mr John Woods

Association: South West

John's connections with Brass Bands are rooted in the South West where he is well known as a Euphonium player and administrator.

For the last six years, John has been member of SWBBA Executive committee and is currently Vice Chairman.

John started playing at the age of eight with Sherborne Town Band where his father was Solo cornet, chairman and a founding member. Having started on cornet John moved to Euphonium in his late teens and has a number of awards and contest results to his credit. He has also held many organisational roles within bands such as Contest Secretary and as a founder member of the Wessex Youth Course; John is keen to see young players being developed by the movement.

Since 2006 John has been member of a small team that plans and manages the highly acclaimed Brass in Concert Festival at Sage Gateshead and has been instrumental in securing funding including Arts Council grants. John feels honoured to be working with the organising team where they are always looking to push the boundaries and to try something new but without detracting from the core values and aims of the festival.

The Focus on Youth - Workshops and Taster Sessions enable young people to experience a prestigious international brass event. In 2017, John became Chairman of Brass in Concert Championships Ltd, which is a registered charity.

Other bands John has been associated with include Bournemouth Concert Brass, Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne), Bideford Town, Aldershot Brass, Hathern, Mere Manor and Esbjerg Brass Band from Denmark with whom links remain after an original twinning link in the mid 1970's.

John is married to Julia and lives in Somerset - they have 2 daughters.

During his career with Barclays, John was Vice Chairman of Barclay Brass and continues to perform with them at events around the country.

John now works in the charity sector as a business consultant and project manager and has established a strong network of connections in the Brass Band movement both locally and internationally. His interest, enthusiasm and knowledge of bands has proven extremely beneficial in the work of SWBBA and has further developed the work of the West of England Council in delivering the annual Championships in Torquay each March.