Tenor horn on a mission
Addington Brass are proud to present Andy Williams as their feature soloist this year.
Andy Williams was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and commenced playing the tenor horn with his local brass band at an early age. In 1988 he was plucked from relative obscurity to fill the principal chair with top-section band Rotorua Brass.
Within six months, at age 21, Andy won his first NZ Open Horn championship and was also the youngest winning soloist that year. He successfully defended his title the following year (and added the Australian Open Horn title), and was placed second in the Champion of Champions event.
In the adjudicators box that day was Dr Roy Newsome, who “discovered” Andy after hearing his performance at the Champion of Champions, and by the end of 1990 Andy occupied the solo horn seat at Dr Newsome’s own band, the famous Sun Life (Stanshawe) Band of Bristol. Andy remained with Sun Life through their heyday of the early ‘90s, during which time they were placed in all the major UK contests, and Andy featured as a soloist at concerts and recordings throughout Europe.
Following his return to New Zealand, several more national titles were collected along with a win in the Champion of Champions event (1996), the first win for a horn player in 20 years.
Andy has occupied the Principal Horn seat in all of New Zealand’s leading bands and has been a member of several National Bands of New Zealand. Since 1989 he has entered the NZ Horn Championship 8 times for a return of 5 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd placing. He is currently a member of the acclaimed brass quintet “Shore Thing”, based on the North Shore of Auckland. In addition to his reputation as a soloist, Andy has assisted as a tutor with the NZ Secondary Schools Band, and as an adjudicator at regional and national levels.
Andy Williams proudly plays a Sterling Virtuoso Tenor Horn.