Hepworth Band logo Hepworth Band at Preston Guild Hall, January, 2016. Photo by Fred Little.

Musical Director Leigh Baker

Leigh Baker

Leigh hails from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and after earning his stripes with the local town band he came under the wing of Geoff Whitham at the Ancient Order of Foresters Band at 16 years of age.

Geoff was to continue to mentor Leigh in euphonium playing at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now University) when he studied there, majoring in performance, from 1988-92.

Leigh joined the Brighouse & Rastrick Band on euphonium in 1990, but it was on Solo Baritone that Leigh really made his mark. His illustrious playing career with Brighouse lasted 19 years and saw Leigh lift every major contest prize apart from the elusive British Open and perform throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

Leigh’s composing and arranging work is prolific and his award winning—including two Brass in Concert awards—entertaining music is featured by many bands throughout the world and is widely published by a variety of publishing houses.

Since retiring from playing in 2009 Leigh has been able to concentrate on his flourishing conducting career. His direction of the South Yorkshire Police Band and their rise to Championship section status and work with a host of bands such as Thoresby Colliery, Staffordshire and Milnrow bands led to successful spells leading Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Leyland Band and a year as Resident Conductor of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

He has been appointed Musical Director of the Hepworth Band from January 2017.

Leigh is now enjoying adjudicating at a variety of competitions and festivals, including the Yorkshire, Scottish, Midlands and Northern Regionals, and is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

His post as Head of Music at a successful high school in Huddersfield and being married with three children keeps Leigh busy alongside his musical activities!

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