Born in South Wales, Kevin Gibbs already has an impressive list of honours to his name having been a highly successful Principal Trombone player, featured soloist and multiple National Brass Band Championship winner with world famous brass bands such as Brighouse and Rastrick, Williams Fairey and Black Dyke Mills.
Kevin is currently a full time music teacher at Smithills School in Bolton where he also directs the Senior Trombone Ensemble in addition to tutoring the Trombone section of the internationally acclaimed Senior Brass Band. He began to play the Cornet at the age of 10, studying with his parents Alan and Marilyn Gibbs, but changed to the Trombone at the age of 14 to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, George Prior. He was soon a featured soloist with the Mid-Glamorgan County Youth Brass Band in the magnificent St David's Hall in Cardiff and followed on from this by winning the Brass Section title at the Rhondda Young Musician of the Year competition. Kevin was also Principal Trombone of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales from 1993 to 1994.
In order to pursue his banding experience at the highest level, Kevin moved to Yorkshire , successfully studying for a BA (Hons) degree and PGCE. He initially became Principal Trombone with the Stocksbridge Engineering Band with whom he toured Australia and appeared in the film The Full Monty. Moving to the Principal Trombone seat with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Kevin took part in winning performances at the 1997 Yorkshire Area Championships (Lowry Sketchbook) and the National Brass Band Championships in the Royal Albert Hall, London (On Alderley Edge).
In 1998 Kevin moved to the legendary Black Dyke Mills Band as Principal Trombone, yet again winning the Yorkshire Area Contest (Montage). Subsequently appointed as a music teacher to Towneley High School in Burnley, Kevin took a break from Championship banding but became the highly successful Musical Director of the Burnley Alliance and BMP Europe Goodshaw bands. On returning to South Wales, Kevin resumed his playing career as Principal Trombone with the Thomas Coaches Mid-Rhondda Band and was duly awarded the title of Best Soloist for the next two years at the Mine Workers Eisteddfod and the West Wales Contests of 1999 and 2000.
In 2000 Kevin became Musical Director of the Newbridge and Celynen Band during which time the band only failed to win a top prize on one occasion in nine highly successful contest appearances. In 2002 he accepted his current teaching post at Smithills School, once more taking him back to the North West and resulting in offers from many of the very top bands in the area to return to Championship Section playing. In January 2003 Kevin accepted the position of Principal Trombone with the National Champion Williams Fairey Band, although he first recorded a new solo on CD with the Brighouse and Rastrick band. Having qualified for the Royal Albert Hall 2003 National Finals with Williams Fairey, Kevin once again took part in the winning performance playing Variations on an Enigma. Having changed its name to the Fairey (fp Music) Band, Kevin was a featured soloist on the acclaimed CD Virtuosi before leaving the band in 2004 and taking up the position of Musical Director of the Flixton Band.
As a conductor, soloist and teacher, Kevin has performed all over the World from Sweden to Switzerland and Germany to New Zealand and Australia. He remains in constant demand as a Trombone player and looks forward to many more highly successful years as a conductor, player and teacher.