Til NM 2015 kommer Garry Cutt tilbake for andre år på rad. Vi hadde et godt samarbeid siste sesong, og gleder oss til å jobbe videre sammen. Første gang Garry besøkte OfB var til NM 2005, og det var på høy tid å invitere han tilbake til Oslo. Han har dirigert mange band i Norge og ellers i Europa, i tillegg til sin omfattende virksomhet i Storbritannia.
Since graduating in the early 1980s, Garry Cutt has developed a reputation as one of the banding worlds most respected and successful conductors. A 17 year relationship with the Marple Band resulted in many of Garry's early contest successes. The hat-trick of 4th prizes during 1992/3/4 and their British Open victory of 1996 are some of the most remarkable results in the history of the contest. This was Garry's second "Open" title, having previously guided the Kennedy's Swinton Band to their 1989 win and at the same time, becoming the youngest winning conductor in the competition's history and the very first recipient of The Mortimer Maestro Award.
In 1991 Garry was appointed Musical Director to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, a position he held for twelve years. The phenomenal impact of the film "Brassed-Off" resulted in Garry leading the band on sell-out tours, notably Australia on three occasions and performing in that iconic building, Sydney Opera House. Other overseas trips have included Japan, New Zealand. Hong Kong and in April 2003 band and conductor made their debut in New York's Carnegie Hall!
Six victories at the Brass in Concert Championships based in the North East have led to Garry's enviable reputation on the concert platform. In September 2003, he was awarded the Iles Medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians in recognition of his services to the Brass Band Movement.
The history books of the Fodens Richardson Band were dramatically re-written in September 2004, when after several near misses, the Band now led by Garry took their first British Open victory since 1964, for Garry, his third Mortimer Maestro award! He took up the position of their Professional Conductor as from January 1st 2005 and since then has added two North West Area titles, English National winners 2006 and International Masters Champions 2007.
Between 2000 and 2005, Garry was the Associate Conductor of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, working closely with his dear friend and mentor, Elgar Howarth. More recently after a brief spell back at Grimethorpe as Professional Conductor, Garry has now taken up a similar role with the Fairey Band based near Stockport. Early in 2013 Garry accepted the invitation to become the Brighouse and Rastrick Band's Principal Guest Conductor.