Musical Director – Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones early music education started with the Royal Buckley Town Band in tandem with the Flintshire L.E.A. music services. During his youth he quickly established himself and as a result became a soloist with the North Wales Youth Orchestra and co-principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He has performed with several championship grade brass bands predominantly as solo/principal cornet. He holds postgraduate qualifications from the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey alongside appropriate Fellowships. His conducting career began with Deeside Silver Band followed by the Royal Buckley Town Band, Greenalls Band and Rainford Band winning contest prizes with each. He spent over thirty years working in the field of music education and at this time directed the Great Sankey High School Concert Band at the annual National and bi-annual International Concert Band Festival finals and was awarded Gold and Silver awards respectively. He has conducted at the World Music Championships and earned a significant silver medal.
Bandmaster – Sue Hughes
Sue Hughes is the Band Trainer. She has been in charge of the band’s learners since 2011 starting with a small junior band of 4 young people. Over the last 7 years this has developed into a beginner band for members who’ve never played before, a training band for members who are in their first years of learning and a development band where the more experienced learners play alongside senior band members before they make the move to the senior band. Over these 3 bands there are now approximately 50 members, adults and young people from the age of 7+ learning together.
Sue has a degree in music from the University of Wales, Bangor and has previously conducted the junior and intermediate bands of both the Menai Bridge Band and the Dyffryn Nantlle Band as well as the Dyffryn Nantlle senior band.