Jim Davies has been directing Newstead Brass since January 2018. A virtuoso cornet player and successful conductor working with many leading bands in the Midlands, Yorkshire and his native wales. The band so enjoyed working with Jim after he initially accepted Newstead's invitation to lead them to the 2018 Midland Championships we are delighted that he accepted our invitation to become our musical director.
Musical Ambassador: Duncan Beckley
Duncan Beckley was Newstead Brass’ musical director from 1989 until 2016 leading the band to contest prizes across the country and promotion to the 'Championship section' in January 2001. He helped establish the band as one of the Midland's leading brass bands. With increasing requests to work with bands across the country Duncan stepped down as musical director in 2016 but continues his association with the band as musical ambassador.
Duncan was born in London, but his family moved shortly afterwards to Wakefield, West Yorkshire and his love for music grew into a passion and a profession. He started playing the Flugel horn at ten years of age and progressed to the tuba, which he played with many brass bands.
He is now a conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator and travels widely conducting bands throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Newstead’s success in winning the Championship section at the Midland Area Championships in 2006 gave Duncan the unique honour if having won an Area championship at every level.
Duncan is also a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (ABBA) and is in increasing demand in this role which he greatly enjoys, having judged at National and Area contest level.
Duncan was Musical Director for the national professional theatre tour of ‘Brassed Off', finishing at The National Theatre, London. He also appeared in the film ‘The Full Monty' (typecast as conductor of the local brass band, sorry ladies) and has also made other TV appearances.
John Davis directed Newstead Brass from Summer 2016 to the end of 2017, successfully rebuilding the band through a time of change. With increasing success as MD of Foresters Brass, John reduced his commitments with Newstead at the start of 2018. He remains a good friend of Newstead and may still be seen at occasional rehearsals and concerts with us.