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Musical Director - Jason Smith

Jason took on the role of Musical Director in January 2015 after successful spells with the Hebden Bridge Band (designate), The Lindley Band, Golborne Band, Whitworth Vale and Healey and The Horbury Victoria Band.  He also gained valuable experience as Assistant Conductor with The Milnrow Co-op Band in the Championship Section.

As a player, Jason retired as Principal Cornet in the Championship Section with the Milnrow Co-op Band having also played Flugel Horn for approximately 18 years.

His Championship career started in 1986 with Besses O’th Barn, where Jason learned his trade on second Cornet, under the directorship of Roy Newsome, before promotion to Repiano Cornet. He then moved to Brighouse and Rastrick in 1989 under the leadership of Derek Broadbent and Les Beavers to take up the Repiano Cornet seat.

Upon leaving Brighouse and after a break, Jason changed instrument to take up Flugel Horn, which started a successful period with bands such as Blackburn & Darwen, Stalybridge and the BT Band.  He then returned to Milnrow, his first ever band, to embark on a steady progression from 4th Section to Championship where he contributed as player and Assistant Conductor to much of their success.

Jason also has had the great pleasure of performing with some of the greatest players in several prestigious concerts and contests which include 7 British Open Championships, 5 English Masters and 12 British National Final appearances.   The last of these National appearances was as Conductor of the Golborne Band in 2011.   He has also recorded CDs with Brighouse and Milnrow.

Jason comments, “As a conductor, I would hope that I can use my experience of such conductors as Major Peter Parkes, Geoffrey Brand, the late Dr. Roy Newsome, Les Beavers and David Morris, who have all touched my playing career at some point and always led with integrity and enthusiasm.  If I can pass on a small percentage of what I have learned from these great conductors then I will have done my job at Flixton”.

“We have got off to a great start and it is evident that there is a great tradition and history here and I feel privileged and proud to be given the opportunity to be part of Flixton’s heritage.  There is a great mixture of experience and youth, together with a unique enthusiasm here. I now welcome, and indeed relish, the challenge of my role here and am sure with the commitment and enthusiasm I have already witnessed we can enjoy our time and progress well together”.


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Musical Director- Jason Smith

November 2014 - December 2016

Most memorable events in banding career:     

Qualifying for the 4th National Finals in 2011 with the Golborne Band, at the first time of asking!  My first as a Conductor and I shall cherish it!

Winning the 2nd Section North West Area Championships with Milnrow, my 1st ever band.

Massed bands in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester with Besses, Black Dyke and Yorkshire Imps for the British Bandsman Centenary Concert (Cornet Quartet, 4 Ex Black Dyke top men, Willie Lang, Maurice Murphy, James Shepherd and Phil McCann). You couldn’t buy that!

Featured and Duetted with the great Soprano player, the late Brian Evans and revered cornet soloist Angelo Bearpark.

Having the privilege to sit next to my mentor for 3 good years, Brian Mather at Besses, a fantastic example to any young bandsman and a “legend in his own lifetime”!

Favourite pieces of brass band work/composer: 

Resurgam (Eric Ball)

Anything by Rossini, but particularly La Scala di Seta (The silken Ladder) and Tancredi a close second.

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