About The Band
Milton Keynes Brass (MK Brass) is acknowledged as one of the southern region’s most active and popular bands. The band maintains a busy contest and engagement schedule which includes regular bandstand performances at both regional and local venues, and seeks to work with its community in the Milton Keynes area by supporting organisations like Willen Hospice and the British Legion.
Originally known as Broseley Brass the band, was formed with just eight players in 1984 through the generous sponsorship of a building company called Broseley Homes Ltd. Broseley Homes Ltd was involved in the early development of Milton Keynes – the city in which the band is based. The sponsorship deal lapsed many years ago, but having developed its identity locally the band retained the “Broseley” name until 2009, when the band was re-named “Milton Keynes Brass”.
Under the leadership of the band’s first professional conductor Malcolm Holloway, and then subsequently and significantly under Paul Fensom, the band rose through band competitions from the Fourth to the Championship Section. MK Brass now (2019) competes in the First Section, having been recently promoted from the Second Section under the band’s current M.D. Jonathan Mott, and is actively seeking promotion to the top flight again.
Since Jonathan’s appointment the band has enjoyed significant success on the contest stage taking prizes at Area Qualifiers, Leicester, Wychavon & Butlins Contest in both 2017 and 2018, and a creditable 6th-place at the National Finals.
The Musical Director
MK Brass was delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Mott as the band’s new MD, following the resignation of Bob Stradling, in January 2017. Since his appointment the band has enjoyed significant success on the contest stage taking prizes at Area Qualifiers, Leicester, Wychavon & Butlins Contest in both 2017 and 2018, and a creditable 6th-place at the National Finals.
Jonathan started playing a brass instrument at the age of 7, following his father, grandfather and great grandfather into banding. His early playing, and conducting experience all came within the Salvation Army. In 1992, he left Kettering SA Band and subsequently played with William Davis Construction Group Band, NSK RHP Ransome Band and Travelsphere Holidays (GUS) Band. As a player he has worked with many of the leading brass band conductors of our time and his playing experience has involved all the major national competitions, many concerts and overseas tours, numerous broadcasts and several CD recordings.
Jonathan Mott has been conducting brass bands since 2005 when he gave up full time playing (the first time). He has been the Musical Director of the Wolverton Town Band (2005-6), Raunds Temperance Band (2006-8) and Enderby Band (2008-12) as well as making guest appearances with many other Bands. Jonathan was the Musical Director of the all female charity band ‘Boobs & Brass’ having lead them to their first attempt at the Whit Friday Marches in 2007 through to their highly successful massed band concert with The Brighouse & Rastrick Band in Huddersfield Town Hall in 2008.
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