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Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip

Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor

Brett Baker

Contact details

Room 5.02 New Adelphi Building Music & Dance Directorate Peel Park Campus University of Salford M5 4WT 0161 295 2662 b.baker@salford.ac.uk Twitter:@BrettTrombone or @Brettglissando


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“The name Brett Baker has become an established, household name in the world of brass, not least for the level of commitment and focus that this outstanding musician has given to his craft.” Professor David King

Englishman Brett Baker (B. 1973), is viewed internationally as a leading brass performer and educator. He is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new repertoire being one of the most recorded brass soloists.

Brett is Programme Leader for Musical Arts (previously band musicianship) at the University of Salford (Manchester). He continues to be an ambassador for Michael Rath Brass Instruments and is Principal Trombone of the Black Dyke Band. He was Festival Director of both the Singapore and Thailand Low Brass Festivals and is a Past-President of the British Trombone Society (BTS).

Brett has performed with singers such as Alison Goldfrapp and Hayley Westenra, trumpet soloist Alison Balsom and other world class trombone soloists including; Ian Bousfield, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Lindberg and Joseph Alessi.

Originally from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Brett studied at the University of Salford, simultaneously joining the Fairey Band, conducted by Major Peter Parkes in 1992. He had many contest successes including an historic treble in 1993/4. At Salford he was taught by Professor David King, whilst also studying for a degree in Business Economics.

In 2000 he was invited to join the Black Dyke Band by Professor Nicholas Childs, achieving enviable contest successes. Now as well as a performance schedule of 60 concerts a year, Brett enjoys presenting workshops, specialising in solo performance and band training.

His research includes trombone solo repertoire, trombone instrument design through modular assembly and the psychology of performance. Brett has produced over 30 solo albums, 8 under his own label of White River Evocations, which produces and distributes CDs. He has performed as guest soloist on a further 46 CDs.

He has produced four sheet music trombone solo albums and many arrangements for trombone and piano. He regularly tours in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as a soloist, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. As a consultant, Brett, has worked with Michael Rath Musical Instruments for over 10 years on instrument design and has assisted in production of a signature mouthpiece.

As a conductor, Brett has many associations with bands in the North of England, and has achieved contest successes with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands. He has been guest conductor of the University of Salford Brass Band, the brass band at the Royal Northern College of Music, Thoresby Colliery, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and the Leyland Band. In 2014 Brett conducted Tongwynlais Temperance at the National Finals of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Brett is currently conductor of the University of Salford Symphonic Wind Band.

As an adjudicator, Brett, has judged the International Trombone Association in the USA, the National Solo Championships in Switzerland, many Association contests, the National Finals in the Netherlands and Lithuania, New Zealand and Australia, and most of the Area Qualifiers for the National Championships of Great Britain.

He is trombone tutor of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, and the International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea as well as low brass tutor of the International Summer School in Dartington, Devon.

 

 



The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Milton Keynes Brass - Charity Concert with Church Without Walls

Saturday 23 February • Broughton Fields Primary School. Milton Road. Broughton MK10 9LS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 23 February • Brooksbank School Victoria road Elland H50QG


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 24 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Arrow Valley Brass

February 20 • Third Section based in Inkberrow Worcs. Main rehearsal Sun. am. Seek MUSICAL DIRECTOR. Extensive programme of engagements small number of contests.Expenses etc. by negotiation.Further information ring 01527852485 or from arrowvalleybrass.co.uk


Poulton-le-Fylde

February 20 • Poulton-le-Fylde Band (based near Blackpool in North-West), vacancies for Trombone (Tenor), Euphonium & Kit player. Our friendly band offers a good mix of contests/concerts. We are also flexible and welcome players of all ages/abilities


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

February 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone, euphonium, basses, but all welcome. We play at local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger