Associate Conductor: John Davis
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.
John Davis was educated and grew up in the Derbyshire village of South Normanton; where he still works today, as a partner in his family funeral business.
First exposed to brass bands as a Horn in his school band under the guidance of headmaster Trevor Bellemy, John then went on to become a Trumpet player in local orchestras and dance bands. John is also an Organist, playing professionally from the age of 14.
The close links between the Organ and the Brass Band made accepting the Musical Director position at Riddings Band, in 1990, a successful choice. Under John’s guidance, the band enjoyed promotion up to the Championship Section. John remained at The Riddings Band for a 15 year tenure.
Upon taking up the Baton at Dronfield Band in 2009, John immediately achieved the Band their first trip to the National Finals in the Band’s history, finishing an incredible 2nd place. John’s progression continued, pushing the band from the 4th up to the 2nd section in 4 years, an impressive feat.
News of John’s prowess as a Band conductor and trainer has meant John now conducts at many locations and band’s over the Midlands and further afield. Alongside his post with Newstead Brass, John was MD with Foresters Brass, a position he continues to hold, and regularly works with Thoresby, Derwent, Foss Dyke, and Unite the Union to name a few.
As well as being a prolific Conductor, John has a catalogue of Compositions and Arrangements that are used widely. These pieces are used as far afield as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. John also adjudicates at Carrbrook, a stop in the prestigious Whit Friday Marches.
In his spare time John enjoys TaeKwon-Do, and is ranked as a 4th Dan Black Belt.