In a personal statement, Tormod writes about his departure from Eikanger-Bjørsvik:
‘Thank you, Eikanger-Bjørsvik!
Since I was a young boy my great dream was always to become the solo euphonium player with the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band. I achieved it. Now it has come to an end, the gala concert during the Norwegian School Band Championships in Stavanger on June 23 will be my last appearance. I became a member of EBML in 1994 and I’ve had thirteen fantastic years in the ensemble. The highlights have been many. Concerts, contests, recordings, tours. I will remember everything I’ve learned from my fellow musicians and conductors, all the friends I’ve made and everything EBML has meant to me. I would particularly like to mention when Eikanger-Bjørsvik played at my final exam concert at the Grieg Academy, and when the band accompanied me at my latest CD Norwegian Euphonium. I’m full of gratitude.
Why did I decide that now was the time to end my spell in the band? I am not giving up my euphonium, certainly not. I have many solo projects going on, a new sponsor deal with Besson, a new solo recording with the Leyland Band in September and many new releases on my publishing company, Fundamental Music. During the last years I’ve found it harder and harder to combine travelling, evening- and weekend work as a conductor, and family life with my commitments at EBML. When I made the decision to quit several months ago, there were particularly two important factors: Personally to be able to spend more time at home with our two little kids. For EBML to get a solo euphonium player that could attend more rehearsals and concerts than me.
I’m very happy that Patrik Randefalk will be taking over my seat. He’s a splendid musician and an equally fine personality. I would like to express my thanks for these thirteen years and I wish Eikanger-Bjørsvik all the best for the future. I shall follow the band closely.’