Denis Wick Artists

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Dr David Thornton

Dr. David Thornton is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation and enjoys a global reputation. His work as a soloist, conductor and educator is renowned throughout the brass playing world to have a distinct hallmark of extreme virtuosity, professionalism and an ability to connect with audiences like few others in his field.

His work within the brass band world has seen him at the top-flight for almost twenty years. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band, Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s, having won five National titles, three British Opens and one European Championship during this time. David also has an international reputation as a musical director and band trainer, having worked with Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke and Grimethorpe. He is currently the Principal Conductor of the GUS Band.

David is the Director of Brass Band Studies at the RNCM, as well as teaching euphonium and chamber music at Chetham’s School of Music. Both his current and former students hold principal positions in many leading bands & ensembles around the UK.

Arnetta Johnson

Dubbed "that trumpet chick," Arnetta Johnson began the trumpet when she was 13, growing up in Camden, New Jersey - named one of the poorest and most violent cities in the US. Arnetta's dedication won her a scholarship to study at Berklee; and she subsequently performed with Beyoncé at Super Bowl 50, and  featured on Beyoncé's 2018 On the Run II world tour.

Since then Arnetta has released her own debut album of 'disruptive jazz', fusing jazz and hiphop "If You Hear a Trumpet It's Me" which is available on all platforms worldwide.

As a young, black, female trumpeter her story couldn't be more important or relevant. She's been cited as an artist to watch in the US and was a guest speaker at the world's largest music show NAMM 2019 as part of their Smart Women in Music.

Arnetta believes music is a gift and should not be wasted - it must always be shared with love, respect, and passion. These are lessons she's learned from significant mentors in her life. 

Sheona White

“Internationally renowned as ‘The Voice of the Tenor Horn’, Sheona White has been performing and educating since the 1990’s, expanding the technical limits of the instrument and augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire.

​Sheona has performed with many of the world’s premiere brass bands including Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke and Yorkshire Building Society with whom she was principal horn for 12 years.

In 1996 Sheona won the prestigious title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. Sheona subsequently made several broadcasts and recordings as guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra including her very own ‘Soloist Showcase’ featured on BBC Radio 2 and Friday Night is Music Night.

Sheona is very proud of her Scottish roots and hails from Ayrshire, Scotland.  She began to play the tenor horn at the age of ten displaying a prodigious talent by becoming Junior Solo Champion of Scotland and Principal Horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. She has played a Denis Wick Classic 3 mouthpiece since the age of eighteen.

Christopher Bill

Christopher Bill is an American trombonist, composer, arranger, and YouTuber, with an incredible 263k subscribers! His cover version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" went viral in 2014 and since then he has created a huge catalogue of arrangements, which have entertained music lovers all over the world.

Christopher performs a variety of music styles, from classical and jazz to pop and rock. He also composes his own original music, which is just as energetic as he is!

In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for his YouTube Channel, he often performs at festivals such as the the American Trombone Workshop, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Western International Band Clinic, TMEA, the NAMM Show, and the International Trombone Festival.

Felipe Martins

Born in Uruguay, Felipe Martins is a sousaphone and tuba player currently residing in Zaragoza, Spain.

Living in a variety of cultures has contributed to the development of a huge curiosity for different music styles (classic, reggae, rock, candombe, jazz, funk, brass band, etc.)

Over the years Felipe has been able to collaborate with different ensembles and soloists. Currently Artistas del Gremio and Jazz Hunters are Felipe Martins’ main musical activity, although he is constantly working on different artistic proposals.

Felipe Martins uses Denis Wick’s Heritage 1CC and Heritage 2.5CC mouthpieces, as well as Denis Wick’s DW5518 mute.

Aaron Tindall

With his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy” and his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation”, Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music – University of Miami.

Aaron is a frequent soloist, guest artist/clinician, and orchestral tubist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured at all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences since 2006, performed in England with the National Champion Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, and his solo playing has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” radio show.

As a Denis Wick artist, Aaron has collaborated with Denis Wick as a design specialist, developing the best-selling AT Ultra Aaron Tindall Signature Line mouthpieces.