White River Brass Ensemble


Photo John Stirzaker

White River Brass was formed in the autumn of 2000 as a facility to provide young players and inexperienced brass ensembles the chance of expert tuition from leading members of the Black Dyke Band. 

White River Brass has presented workshops throughout the Country from Durham to Lincoln, and from Leicester to Liverpool. They have travelled to the USA, the Isle of Mann and performed at many University graduation ceremonies.

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The group is made up of normally six players of the Black Dyke Band however the group is able to alter its set up and orchestration depending on the nature of the workshop or concert or ceremony. Recently White River Brass featured in Brett Baker's most recent Solo recording "Brett Baker & Friends".


Benjamin Richeton:  Previously the soprano player of Fairey Band. Ben is a very experienced teacher and performer and has been the soprano cornet of Black Dyke band since 2013.

Keith Britcliffe: A teacher in the Leicester area that provides the group with invaluable experience in workshops.  He plays back row with the Black Dyke Band and has done so since 1995.

Jonathan Bates: Talented 22 year old Jonathan Bates is solo horn player with the Black Dyke Band and a composer and arranger of repute.

Gary Curtin: Gary has made a name for himself as a soloist and educator joining Black Dyke as principal Euphonium in 2010.

Brett Baker: Concert Manager of the ensemble, Past President of the British Trombone Society, Chairman of the Awards Committee of the International Trombone Association, Lecturer at Salford University, recording artist and previously Principal Trombone with the Black Dyke Band.

Harry Cunningham: Another active soloist Harry has studied at Salford University and is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.