Our Musical Director...
Our Musical Director appointed as from the 21st August 2006 is Denzil Stephens, a renowned figure throughout the Brass and Wind Banding world. He originally committed to a five year directorship of the Lostwithiel Town Band and has recently committed to a further five years.
Denzil Stephens started with the famous Black Dyke Mills band, then with the Central band of the Royal Air Force, playing solo euphonium with both bands. In his career he was selected for promotion at an early age, becoming a Director of Music with the rank of Flying Officer, attaining the rank of Squadron Leader whilst serving as Director of Music at the Royal Air Force College, Lincolnshire.
During this time he became a member of PRS and MCPS, and qualified as an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM), and Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), for military and brass band mastership.
On leaving the forces Denzil returned to his first love of brass bands, having many successes at competitions with various championship section bands, including European Champions (Cory), BBC TV Best of Brass (Carlton Main Frickley Colliery ), Yeovil Entertainment (Cory Hat trick).
There was a period as Music Editor to a well known brass band music publishing firm at Gloucester, before eventually moving down to Cornwall
where he is now settled in the small village of St.Dennis.
Denzil is also the proprietor of Sarnia Music specialising in music for brass bands and brass instruments which was started in the late seventies, mainly for an outlet for Denzilís compositions and arrangements of music for brassbands.
Denzil continues playing the lead Euphonium in the Lostwithiel Tuba Quartet which performs around Cornwall on behalf of the Lostwithiel Town Band.