“The future’s bright, the future’s white” (07 Dec 2011)

Hot on the heels of their victory at the Brass in Concert Championships, Leyland Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Leigh Baker as their new musical director. Originally from Leicestershire, Leigh is head of Creative and Expressive Arts at Honley High School near his home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

After a nineteen year playing career with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Leigh retired in 2009 to concentrate on conducting, composing and arranging. He previously held the position of resident conductor at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, alongside his many successes as conductor of South Yorkshire Police Band and is well known for his outstanding output of band music.

Band Administrator, Iain McKnight commented: “We are thrilled that Leigh has accepted the position of musical director. All of the band were thoroughly impressed with his work in the bandroom and with his attitude and professionalism.

I initially contacted Leigh to take a few rehearsals in preparation for our Brass in Concert appearance, and he ended up contributing a significant amount of music and ideas to what turned out to be the winning programme! What better start could you ask for?”

Leigh added: “I’m delighted to be joining Leyland at such an exciting time. I’m looking forward to the quality concerts planned for next year as well as some contest work in the near future. The band is a very ambitious outfit with such a forward looking approach and I can’t wait to get started. I’m also full of ideas for new music to enrich the band’s repertoire.

I’ve had a most enjoyable stay at Carlton Main and I would like to thank them for their hard work and teamwork but the prospect of taking the steering wheel at Leyland, working alongside Michael Bach and Richard Evans is a fantastic opportunity.”

The news of Leigh’s appointment follows the announcement of Michael Bach as the band’s professional conductor and the approval by South Ribble Borough Council of the band’s application to create a permanent rehearsal facility in Leyland.

“Given all of our recent news, coupled with the Brass in Concert win and some great new signings, I believe Leyland Band will be an exciting place to be in 2012,” concluded Iain. “We look forward to working with Leigh to further strengthen the band’s musical standing through next year and beyond!”

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