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. 

Repiano Cornet

Simon Hardy

Simon started playing the cornet at the age of 10 with Melton Borough Band, becoming principal cornet at 14. He also played principal cornet for the Leicestershire Schools Symphonic Wind Band. His first experience of Championship Section banding was with the Ancient Order of Foresters Band (now Foresters Brass) whilst a student at Warwick University. After university he joined the Royal Navy so banding went on hold, starting again when he left the service in 1997. Stints with Foresters (again), then the Ransome Band were followed by a move to the north west, playing first for the Timperley Band and then onto Ashton Under Lyne. A highlight at Ashton was second place at the Grand Shield and qualification to the British Open when still a First Section Band. A further move back south led to several happy years on back row (his spiritual home!) with the GUS Band. A busy career as a solicitor meant another enforced break from banding around 2010 before the lure of banding brought him to MK Brass in the summer of 2017. In a long and varied band career he has been lucky enough to play at almost all the major contests including the National Finals at the Albert Hall, the British Open, the Grand Shield and the All England Masters although Brass in Concert still eludes him.

Cornet

Alan Clifton

Alan started playing the cornet when he was 8 years old at school. He then went to Stantonbury music centre where he played in various wind bands and brass bands. He auditioned and was accepted for Stantonbury brass when he was aged 12 and progressed onto the front row. When he was 17, he moved to Moulton 77 brass band where he played for a number of years and worked his way through the ranks up to principal cornet. In 2017 he joined MK Brass.

Cornet

Helen Pakes

Helen started playing trumpet at the age of 10 at school in Shrewsbury. At 13 she was a founder member of the junior section of her local brass band, Sabrina Brass (now Shrewsbury Brass Band). She progressed to the senior band two years later where she played front row cornet. She also played trumpet with the Shropshire Schools Concert Band and Shropshire Schools Symphony Orchestra. She moved around a lot before and after university and played in a variety of groups including: das Symphonische Blasorchester der Stuttgarter Musikschule; Cambridge University Brass Band; the City of Swansea Concert Band; Kettering Symphony Orchestra and Huntingdonshire Concert Band. Work brought her to Milton Keynes towards the end of 1998 and she joined Bradwell Silver Band in the hope of meeting some new friends. She was successful because while there she met and married fellow cornet player Patrick! After seven years with Bradwell, playing front row, soprano and a brief spell as principle cornet, Helen moved to MK Brass (then Broseley Brass) in 2005. 

Cornet

Rhodri Parker

Rhodri started playing the trumpet at 7 years old and played in various ensembles such as orchestras and jazz bands before finding a love for brass bands after attending a Cory Band "taster day". He played with the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band Organisation and worked through the ranks, becoming the first cornet player to make my way all the way up from the youth band to the championship section band. Whilst in university he played solo cornet at the University of Bristol Brass Band and in his first year they won the UniBrass Shield. Rhodri moved to Milton Keynes Brass during his placement year in Milton Keynes as he wanted to join an ambitious band.

Cornet

Christopher Mulvaney

Chris started playing cornet at age 11 for Hathern Band and moved from the training band through to the senior band. At university he played for the university band and for Escafeld Brass Band. IHe recently moved to Milton Keynes for work and has been playing cornet for Milton Keynes Brass since.

Cornet

David Johnston

David started playing violin at of 11 but switched to trumpet following being banned to the garden shed. At 12 David joined his local brass band in Woburn Sands on cornet, and shortly afterwards the local youth orchestra in Bletchley. As a teenager David won a place in the Buckinghamshire Youth Orchestra, initially as principal trumpet, but later as a double bass player (an instrument he took up at 17). Following teacher training, David taught in a number of Milton Keynes schools as a classroom music teacher as well as the Stantonbury Brent Music Services, conducting and as a brass peripatetic. In 1984 David was one of a small group of musicians which founded Broseley Brass, now Milton Keynes Brass, and was appointed conductor of the development band. After 57 years in banding David remains an enthusiastic member of the cornet, and occasionally percussion section, and enjoys arranging music for brass and other ensembles.

Cornet

Katie Corrigan

Katie started playing the trumpet in 1992. She shortly after successfully auditioned to join the Northampton Music School County groups. She spent 7 years there playing with the training orchestra, training brass band, youth brass band and jazz groups working on trumpet, cornet and Flugelhorn. Katie joined Broseley brass back in 2004 and has been involved ever since, fitting it in around her career and passion in Dance & Performing Arts. She is principle of True Colours Performing Arts School based in Milton Keynes. 

David Lewis

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. 

Repiano Cornet

Simon Hardy

Simon started playing the cornet at the age of 10 with Melton Borough Band, becoming principal cornet at 14. He also played principal cornet for the Leicestershire Schools Symphonic Wind Band. His first experience of Championship Section banding was with the Ancient Order of Foresters Band (now Foresters Brass) whilst a student at Warwick University. After university he joined the Royal Navy so banding went on hold, starting again when he left the service in 1997. Stints with Foresters (again), then the Ransome Band were followed by a move to the north west, playing first for the Timperley Band and then onto Ashton Under Lyne. A highlight at Ashton was second place at the Grand Shield and qualification to the British Open when still a First Section Band. A further move back south led to several happy years on back row (his spiritual home!) with the GUS Band. A busy career as a solicitor meant another enforced break from banding around 2010 before the lure of banding brought him to MK Brass in the summer of 2017. In a long and varied band career he has been lucky enough to play at almost all the major contests including the National Finals at the Albert Hall, the British Open, the Grand Shield and the All England Masters although Brass in Concert still eludes him.

Cornet

Alan Clifton

Alan started playing the cornet when he was 8 years old at school. He then went to Stantonbury music centre where he played in various wind bands and brass bands. He auditioned and was accepted for Stantonbury brass when he was aged 12 and progressed onto the front row. When he was 17, he moved to Moulton 77 brass band where he played for a number of years and worked his way through the ranks up to principal cornet. In 2017 he joined MK Brass.

Cornet

Helen Pakes

Helen started playing trumpet at the age of 10 at school in Shrewsbury. At 13 she was a founder member of the junior section of her local brass band, Sabrina Brass (now Shrewsbury Brass Band). She progressed to the senior band two years later where she played front row cornet. She also played trumpet with the Shropshire Schools Concert Band and Shropshire Schools Symphony Orchestra. She moved around a lot before and after university and played in a variety of groups including: das Symphonische Blasorchester der Stuttgarter Musikschule; Cambridge University Brass Band; the City of Swansea Concert Band; Kettering Symphony Orchestra and Huntingdonshire Concert Band. Work brought her to Milton Keynes towards the end of 1998 and she joined Bradwell Silver Band in the hope of meeting some new friends. She was successful because while there she met and married fellow cornet player Patrick! After seven years with Bradwell, playing front row, soprano and a brief spell as principle cornet, Helen moved to MK Brass (then Broseley Brass) in 2005. 

Cornet

Rhodri Parker

Rhodri started playing the trumpet at 7 years old and played in various ensembles such as orchestras and jazz bands before finding a love for brass bands after attending a Cory Band "taster day". He played with the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band Organisation and worked through the ranks, becoming the first cornet player to make my way all the way up from the youth band to the championship section band. Whilst in university he played solo cornet at the University of Bristol Brass Band and in his first year they won the UniBrass Shield. Rhodri moved to Milton Keynes Brass during his placement year in Milton Keynes as he wanted to join an ambitious band.

Cornet

Christopher Mulvaney

Chris started playing cornet at age 11 for Hathern Band and moved from the training band through to the senior band. At university he played for the university band and for Escafeld Brass Band. IHe recently moved to Milton Keynes for work and has been playing cornet for Milton Keynes Brass since.

Cornet

David Johnston

David started playing violin at of 11 but switched to trumpet following being banned to the garden shed. At 12 David joined his local brass band in Woburn Sands on cornet, and shortly afterwards the local youth orchestra in Bletchley. As a teenager David won a place in the Buckinghamshire Youth Orchestra, initially as principal trumpet, but later as a double bass player (an instrument he took up at 17). Following teacher training, David taught in a number of Milton Keynes schools as a classroom music teacher as well as the Stantonbury Brent Music Services, conducting and as a brass peripatetic. In 1984 David was one of a small group of musicians which founded Broseley Brass, now Milton Keynes Brass, and was appointed conductor of the development band. After 57 years in banding David remains an enthusiastic member of the cornet, and occasionally percussion section, and enjoys arranging music for brass and other ensembles.

Cornet

Katie Corrigan

Katie started playing the trumpet in 1992. She shortly after successfully auditioned to join the Northampton Music School County groups. She spent 7 years there playing with the training orchestra, training brass band, youth brass band and jazz groups working on trumpet, cornet and Flugelhorn. Katie joined Broseley brass back in 2004 and has been involved ever since, fitting it in around her career and passion in Dance & Performing Arts. She is principle of True Colours Performing Arts School based in Milton Keynes. 

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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