Ibstock Brick Brass Band are based in Coalville, Leicestershire, and are a 3rd Section competing band. Rehearsing on Monday Evenings in our own band room, we are looking for Trombone and Cornet players to join our summer line up. If you are interested please contact our Band Secretary Dave on 07702510066
|LeeAnne Wilkins ATCL||Principal Cornet|
|Sophie Cruse||Assistant Principal Cornet|
|David Brough||Solo Cornet|
|Simon Wilkins||Soprano Cornet|
|Tina Tyler||2nd Cornet|
|Alan Hind||3rd Cornet|
|Sue Boyles||Solo Horn|
|Gemma Handley||1st Horn|
|Katie Hill||2nd Horn|
|Jack Rudin||Solo Euphonium|
|Owen Leech||2nd Euphonium|
|Ian Partner||1st Baritone|
|Darryl Lane||2nd Baritone|
|Mhairi MacDonald||Solo Trombone|
|Rob McVey||2nd Trombone|
|Mike McCree||Bass Trombone|
|Emma Palmer||Eb Bass|
|Steve Boyles||Eb Bass|
|David Wright||Bb Bass|
|Gary Ball||Bb Bass|
The Band was originally formed in 1971 as the Coalville Band, with one of the founder members still playing in the band today, Dave Wright. With escalating costs it was necessary to find sponsorship and in 1977 a local company, Ibstock Building Products Ltd. came forward and decided to give the band the sponsorship it needed, the band became known as the Ibstock Building Products Band. In March 2000 the company took the decision to change its name to Ibstock Brick Ltd. And once again that meant a change of name for the band, giving it its name today, The Ibstock Brick Brass Band.
The band travels all over the United Kingdom to play in concerts and contests and have made two trips to France to give concerts. Fortunes in contest seasons have been varied, but over the years a large number of prizes have been won. Highlights have included playing in the National Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall and taking part in the Grand Shield held at the world famous Belle Vue.
In 2000 the band won the 2nd Section Midlands Regional Championships giving them the chance once again to take part in the National Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall in London where in the millennium year, the band gained third prize.
They recently gained 1st prize in the 2nd section of Midlands Regional Championships giving them the chance once again to take part in the National Finals of Great Britain at the centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Ibstock Brick Brass are extremely proud to announce the appointment of young talented musician, Luke Atkinson, as their new Musical Director.
Luke, 27, comes from a brass band family and was given a cornet at the age of four. He achieved his grade four exam of playing by the age of 12 and it was at this point Luke joined Hathern Youth Band. During this time, it was decided that he was too big for the cornet and was given a bass to try. He’s never looked back since.
At the age of 14 Luke was given the opportunity to join his first senior band, Ibstock Brick Brass on Eb Bass. This was down to his mum Carole, who is the band’s present flugal player, who took him down for a blow and continued to guide him through his musical career.
Luke joined Oddfellows Brass Band to compete in one of the biggest contests in the brass band calendar, the National Finals at Harrogate. Whilst at Oddfellows at the age of 16 Luke won the best soloist prize at the West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest for his Eb Bass solo in Journey into Freedom. From this Luke was offered a place at John Cleveland College where he studied his A Levels. During his college days Luke joined Wigston Band under the direction of Gary Sleath who nurtured him through his playing and enabled him to play for Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, including a tour of Prague.
In 2014 Luke received a scholarship to study Tuba at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and joined Staffordshire Brass Band under the conductor of his good friend David Purkiss. Luke has enjoyed a highly successful career as a Bass player in some of the most prestigious brass bands in the Midlands. Notably, he spent two successful years with the GUS Band and a brief period with the Desford Colliery Band before finding his place with the Ratby Band. His
musical prowess also led him to dep with other renowned bands as a guest, including Tredegar, Flowers, and Fodens.Luke’s passion for conducting flourished during his time at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There, he gained experience leading various student-led ensembles, laying the foundation for his conducting career.
Presently, he continues to nurture his talent as a conductor in his day job with the Nottingham Music Hub, where he guides and directs various ensembles. Notably, he has been able to conduct the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra for various pieces, leaving a positive mark on aspiring young musicians. Luke said “I am thrilled to accept the post of musical director for the Ibstock Brick Brass Band. I eagerly look forward to collaborating with this talented group of musicians, excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in taking the band forward.”
“The band are extremely excited and positive to have Luke at the helm, with his inspirational musicianship the band are looking forward to new and exciting times with this young conductor of the future”
If you are interested in this position, or have an interest in playing with Ibstock Brick Brass Band please do not hesitate to get in touch.
All applications are handled with the strictest of confidence.