Howard and Jens join Fodens Vice Presidents

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 June 2011

Foden’s are delighted to announce the addition of Howard Snell and Jens Lindemann to their growing list of Vice Presidents. Howard’s relationship with the band is embedded in banding folklore and after conducting Foden’s at last year’s British Open and more recently at this year’s Great Northern Spring Brass Arts Festival’s Gala Concert, it was an obvious choice to invite Howard to take up this prestigious role with the band. The band’s utmost respect for Howard was noticeable on stage at the Bridgewater Hall and this special relationship will hopefully yield more great performances and fantastic arrangements.

In response to this appointment Howard remarked;
“Having spent an important and hugely rewarding part of my conducting career at Foden's, it is with the greatest of pleasure that I accept the Band's invitation to become a Vice-President of the Band. A long succession of memories that I hold from the eighties and nineties has been brought up to date by recent concerts that have shown the Band to be at an extraordinarily high level of performance. The way the Band has consistently built on its successes speaks very highly of its will to succeed. If I can help them in this through this special role I will be delighted.”  

Professor Jens Lindemann also accepted an invitation to join Howard alongside other trumpet legend Professor John Wallace CBE as a Vice President. Jens wowed the audience at the Bridgewater Hall with tracks from his latest CD “Dreaming of the Masters” whilst performing with Howard and Foden’s. After accepting the position Jens’s commented;
Being associated with the Foden's Band is being associated with the best in the world.  This is an organization that has the highest standard of excellence and simply ranks among the great ensembles of any kind in any musical genre.  The recording and performances that we have done together show their ability to play with unparalleled virtuosity, elegance and stylistic versatility. They are artists of the highest order and I could not be more proud to be involved with this wonderful group of musicians.

Jens Lindemann, trumpet soloist
Professor with High Distinction, UCLA (Los Angeles)
These appointments are a vital part of our strategy which will enable Foden’s Band to progress into new areas for the brass band movement. Our connections with all our Vice Presidents will provide not only advice and guidance but also open up new doors of opportunity. These are really exciting times for the band.
For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell