The Musical Director

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Jonathan Mott

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.

Meet the Band

Principal Cornet

Matt Ball

Matt grew up in Bolton and started playing the cornet aged 10. He learnt “on the job”, playing in Thornleigh School, Eagley Mills and Besses o’th Barn bands. After acquiring a trumpet he also played in Bolton Youth Orchestra & Brass Quintet, Bolton Chamber Orchestra, Harmonie ‘84 Wind Orchestra, Intrada and Corus Brass. He works with lasers & optics and moved to Olney in 1996; joining MK Brass in 1998 (known then as Broseley Brass). The rest is history, with fond memories of performances and friendships made in the band over the last 21+ years. Matt still occasionally plays trumpet with Oxford Sinfonia and Oxford Proms orchestras.

Solo Cornet

Julia Head

Julia started playing cornet at school and joined her local brass band Jersey Premier Brass at 14. She attended Warwick University where she joined several music societies including the university brass band and ended up on principal cornet in her third year. Following her move to Northamptonshire Julia played with Moulton 77, Towcester Studio and Raunds Temperance brass bands in a range of positions, including cornet, soprano and flugelhorn. She is now enjoying the challenge of front row cornet with MK Brass.

Solo Cornet

Sue Snoxell

Sue started playing the cornet at age 12 with the Berkhamsted and Boxmoor Brass Band, which eventually became the Hemel Hempstead Atlas Copco Brass Band, where she progressed to principal cornet. In 1993 following a move to Olney she joined the Wolverton Town Band as principal cornet, a particular highlight was the band coming 2nd at the National Finals in the same year. Following a break to spend time with her daughters, she joined the Bradwell Silver Band in 2006 as principal cornet where she remained a member until 2013. Encouraged to return to playing in 2016 she became principal cornet at Marsh Gibbon band before joining the front row at MK Brass in 2017.

Solo Cornet

Lewis Wallington

Lewis is a third-generation brass bander with early memories of being sat at the back of rehearsals with his father conducting. He started playing cornet at 7, initially being taught by his father after he set up what has now become Deddington Brass. In 2015 he studied music alongside mathematics at the University of Birmingham. Whilst there he played in many of the different ensembles and took instrumental tuition from Paul Mayes and Richard Marshall. Many of his highlights come from playing principal cornet in the 50 plus piece brass band which he also managed for a while, including their annual trips to the Unibrass championships. Lewis took up the position of Musical Director with Marsh Gibbon band and helped out local bands such as Hook Norton before joining Milton Keynes Brass in January 2019. 

Soprano Cornet

Martin Groves

Martin started playing Bb Cornet aged 8 in 1973 with Chinnor Silver Junior Band. Progression to the senior band came a couple of years later. By 15 he had taken up Principal Cornet at Berkhamsted and Boxmoor band. Around 1984 Martin gained his first championship section position as principal cornet for the then Halls Oxford Concert Brass (now Kidlington Concert Brass). This led to performing on Radio 2’s ‘Listen to the Band’, ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and at the Albert Hall. After this, progressing to the William Davies Construction Group Band under Dr Keith Wilkinson, a tour of Switzerland, a CD and more trips to the Albert Hall. In 1994 a career change brought playing to a regrettable end and the cornet was put away for good; but in 2015 the urge to play again became too great to ignore, except this time Martin decided to have a go on the Soprano Cornet - yes, he is a bit mad! Playing this notoriously difficult instrument became a passion and obsession which started at Oxford Cherwell Concert Brass and then a year later to Milton Keynes Brass. 

Flugel Horn

David Lewis

David started playing the cornet at the age of 9 with Tilbury Youth Band. He progressed via Soprano and Flugelhorn to be Principal Cornet of The Tilbury Senior Band at the age of 15.  At 25 David took a break from playing and started conducting, taking on the roles of Musical Director of Northfleet Brass and Resident Conductor of The Aveley Band, soon to become The Aveley & Newham Band.  David led Northfleet Brass for 10 years taking them from the bottom of the 2nd Section to the Championship Section, winning many prizes along the way as well as attending the National Finals 3 times.  When David started playing again he took on the role of Principal Cornet and latterly Flugelhorn of The Aveley & Newham Band, attending 6 National Finals, winning the Grand Shield and playing twice at the British Open.  David helped MK Brass out at a competition in March 2018 and has been with us ever since. 

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