|The Lewington - McCann Cornet Mouthpiece
|Phillip McCann is
one of the best-known names in the Brass Band world. He was born in Bo'ness,
Scotland, where he began his playing career with the Kinneil Colliery band at
the age of eight. He held the position of principal comet with the National
Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years. At the age of fourteen he
became principal comet with the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band. Four years
later he was persuaded to join the ranks of the Fairey Engineering Band as
principal comet, advancing to the same position with the famous Men O' Brass.
In 1973 he became principal comet of the world-famous Black Dyke Mills Band,
and held that position until 1988.
He has toured extensively as a recitalist in Europe, the U.S.A., Japan Australia and New Zealand, and in this country he has played in all the prestigious venues together with radio broadcasts and appearances on television. Phillip is also busy in giving master classes with bands throughout the world. world. He is a member of the internationally renowned 'instrumentalists assisting the Yamaha Corporation in the development of their range of wind and brass instruments.
Phillip is heavily committed to teaching brass music through his work in the Music Department at The University of Huddersfield.
Although Phillip continues to be actively involved as a soloist and teacher, in recent years he has progressively increased his activities as a conductor, being the founder and Musical Director of the Sellers Engineering Band and, until recently, the Musical Director of the Britannia Building Society Band (formerly Foden's Motor Works) of Sandbach, Cheshire.
Phillip's recordings of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies are universally admired for the exquisite tone and musical expression in the playing, and are featured regularly on B.B.C.Radio, along with Classic FM.
His unique style and tone quality have been used by composers to combine with orchestra for film and T.V. soundtracks; such as Anna of the Five Towns, Woman of Substance and the immensely popular B.B.C. television series "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" - the latter receiving an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Music Commissioned for a Broadcast Production.