Howard Snell, our first honorary member, is turning 80.
Birthday greetings from us in Bjørsvik Brass. We wish you all the best.
Many of our members have had the privilege of playing under Howard, both from our days in Eikanger-Bjørsvik, but also recently when he conducted Bjørsvik at the Norwegian championships last year. He is an massive source of inspiration to us all.
We wish you all the very best, Howard!
Eikanger-Bjørsvik expressed what we all feel in a very good way.
EBML facebook post:
Howard Snell is 80 today!
Today is the day for many musicians and participants of modern banding to send some very nice and warm thoughts in the direction of France. Howard Snell is, believe it or not, 80 years old today 21.09.16.
The entire Eikanger-Bjørsvik “family” of present players, former players, conductors of today and over the years, management, fellow Honourable Members and all friends of the band say in unison:
“Happy Birthday to our greatest mentor, conductor and friend. We all hope that your day is a fantastic one, and we also trust Angela will make you read this greeting on Facebook.”
Howard first came to Eikanger-Bjørsvik late 1986, and that really started a development rarely seen in banding. Some key words are:
– Quality of ensemble playing
– Individual teaching, coaching and guidance
– A massive increase of the bands repertoire
– Profiled concerts which has led to our well known concert series of today
– Confidence on and off stage
– Creating a strong will in Eikanger-Bjørsvik to engage heavily in teaching youngsters in banding.
– Excellence in contesting
These are elements and values still essential in everything Eikanger-Bjørsvik engage in, and Howard continues to be a regular guest to the band.
Prior to Howard’s first visit, the band had only won two Norwegian Championship titles. Since his arrival we have added another 14. Howard with five titles, David King winning four and Nicholas Childs winning his sixth title with Eikanger-Bjørsvik last February. We are also extremely grateful for the tremendous effort put in by the two latter, and we are quite sure that they will both agree that it is all based on the work started by Howard. His two ground breaking wins at the Europeans with Eikanger-Bjørsvik will also forever be printed at the Roll of Honour.
Thank you so very much Howard, for your importance and influence so far, and we are really looking forward to your next visit.
All the best from Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag.
We hope to see you in front of the band again.
Best regards from us in Bjørsvik.