Yorkshire born musician Chris began to learn the cornet at the age of 12. On leaving school in 1972 he chose a career in Army music, serving with the Regimental Band of The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, and after a spell in civvy street, re-enlisted into the Staff Band of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Chris also studied at Kneller Hall, where he was privileged to receive cornet tuition from the great Jack Mackintosh. He eventually became the Bandmaster of The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment before leaving the Army in 1993, when he embarked on a new career as a teacher.
Chris has been involved with brass bands over many years as player, conductor, arranger and composer. Associations as player include the GUS Band (cornet), Bedford Town Band (flugel), Ransome Band (flugel), Redbridge Brass (solo horn), and the famous Foden’s Band (cornet), where he was also Arranger in Residence. He was also Musical Director of St Austell Youth Band 1998-2000 and Senior Tutor of Cornwall Youth Brass Band 1999-2000.
Chris has had works published by Bernaerts, Wright & Round and Music Masters. In October 2002 Chris formed his own publishing business, Danetre Music, with the aim of producing quality arrangements, compositions and fun training band music. On Remembrance Sunday 14 November 2004 the Normandy Veterans Association March, written by Chris whilst a Student Bandmaster at Kneller Hall, was played at The Cenotaph and was listened to by millions all over the World on BBC TV and Radio. In April 2006 he fulfilled a long term ambition by releasing his own solo CD on flugelhorn, called Chris North & Friends.
Chris has now retired from teaching, the last seven years of which as a peripatetic teacher for Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service. He moved back to his hometown of Huddersfield in 2018. Nowadays Chris prefers to play; he is Principal Cornet of Lofthouse, and also plays for Vintage Brass in Huddersfield.
- Instrument: Amati Heritage large bore Bb cornet/Alliance no.1 mouthpiece
- Occupation: Happily Retired
- Favourite food : Ribeye steak & chips
- Favourite drink : Dandelion & Burdock (must be Ben Shaw’s though!)
- Favourite non brass band : Queen
- Most Embarrassing Banding Moment : Whilst in charge of Kneller Hall Trumpeters , stepped onto the pitch to play a fanfare, tripped, and was rewarded with a great cheer from the crowd!