Dr L. Brett Baker ARCM -  Michael Rath Trombones Ambassador, Educator, Tutor, Trombone Soloist, Conductor, Presenter and Adjudicator.

Brett Baker is General Manager & Education Consultant for The Geneva Group, an Artist and Ambassador for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, an established Trombone Soloist and long serving Principal Trombone for the Black Dyke Band.

He is a Past-President and Chair of the BTS (British Trombone Society), current Chair of the I.T.A. (International Trombone Association) Research Advisory Council, a freelance conductor and adjudicator and AoBBA (Association of Brass Band Adjudicators) executive member. Brett is a successful teacher, producer and presenter.

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Brett Baker 2020Englishman Brett Baker is viewed as one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators. He is passionate about encouraging new composers to write pioneering new repertoire for the trombone having been involved in over 100 solo commissions. Brett is Education Consultant & General Manager for The Geneva Group, an ambassador & artist for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, trombone professor at the University of Salford and long serving Principal Trombone of the world-famous Black Dyke Band having played in the band for over 20 years.

He was previously the Course Director of the Singapore and Thailand Low Brass Festivals, and Bolsover Brass Summer School, a past Chair and past President of the British Trombone Society (2010-2012), Programme Leader and Music Lecturer at the University of Salford from 2013-2019 and is currently Chair of the Research Advisory Council for the International Trombone Association. 

Brett has performed with celebrated singers such as Alison Goldfrapp and Hayley Westenra, as well as other world-renowned trombone soloists such as Ian Bousfield, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Lindberg and Joseph Alessi. Brett has played as a soloist at the International Trombone Festival in the USA and Trombonanza in Argentina, the American Trombone Workshop in Virginia, the Great American Brass Band Festival in Kentucky and the Singapore, Philippine and Thailand Low Brass Festivals.

He is one of the most recorded brass soloists in his genre, and as well as making numerous broadcasts and TV appearances. He is also a former Trombone Solo Champion of Great Britain and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London. 

Brett’s research interests includes trombone solo repertoire from the 17th century to the American Civil War period, instrument design through modular construction, performance etiquette and the psychology of performanceHe has produced over 40 solo CDs, 8 under his own label of White River Evocations, Brett features on a further 20 CDs as guest soloist. He has four sheet music solo albums with Kirklees Music and published many arrangements for trombone and piano with Studio Music. 

Originally from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Brett was encouraged to play trombone by his father. His early teachers included Bryan Nelmes, David Rudge, Robert Morgan and Ken Harmon, whilst his early ensembles included the Bream and Lydbrook Silver Bands in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. In 1989, he moved to Flowers Band and joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, of which he was principal trombone for two years. His teachers at this time were Danny Hannaby of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Steve Walkley trombonist of the Fairey and Sun Life Bands and euphonium virtuoso, Lyndon Baglin 

In 1992, Brett was a Brass semi-finalist in BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in Manchester and shortly afterwards he studied at Salford University, simultaneously joining Williams Fairey Band under Major Peter Parkes. At Fairey, his reputation as one of the finest players of his generation was firmly established. He was British Open Trombone Solo Champion in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and trombone tutor at Salford University from 1993 to 1996. He studied performance with Professor David Kingwhilst also taking Business Economics. His first solo recording, Bone Idyll, accompanied by Williams Fairey in 1996 gained much critical acclaim. His advisor at the time was Denis Wick. 

In May 2000, Brett was invited to join Black Dyke Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Childs. At ‘Dyke’, he has played on over 100 CDs, and highlights included trips to the USA, Bermuda, Japan and Australia. Brett Baker, has had some impressive contest successes, gaining first at Brass in Concert whilst being the featured soloist, NABBA and the Grand Shield, he has won the All-England Masters and Australian ‘National’ twice, the European Championships three times, the English Nationals and British Open Championships four times, the National Championships of Great Britain in London, five times and Yorkshire Area seven times. 

Pursuing a hectic performing schedule of around 60 concerts a year, Brett Baker enjoys presenting workshops specialising in performance. He has been guest trombone tutor at The Salvation Army’s Star Lake Music Camp near New York, the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland and the National Youth Band of Great Britain. He is trombone tutor of the National Youth Brass Band of ScotlandDartington International Summer School and the International Brass Band Summer School, he has been trombone tutor of the Northern Brass Band Trust since 1992, having been its Course Director since 2000. From 2014-2017 he was Course Director of the Bolsover Summer School and in 2015 and 2016 Artistic Director for the Singapore, Philippines and Thailand Low Brass Festivals. 

Brett was Chair and Vice-President of the British Trombone Society (BTS) and in 2010 he became the societies President. Brett was Chair of the Awards Committee of the International Trombone Association (ITA) for 12 years, previously serving as the Executive’s Secretary from 2005-2010.  He is currently Chair of the Research Advisory Council.

As a brass clinician he has toured from Brazil to the USA and from the Antipodes to Western Europe. He has given workshops and recitals at numerous educational establishments including Birmingham Conservatory, Trinity Laban College, London, and Leeds University. During his trips abroad, he has performed at The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC, The Brazilian Trombone Festival, The University of Western Australia in Perth, Sydney & Wollongong Conservatorium's in Australia, Melbourne School of Music, Australia, the New York Brass Conference USA, Cincinnatti and Cleveland Schools of Music USA, and the University of Toronto, Canada. He has been a guest soloist with bands in Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe, South America, North America and Japan.

Brett Baker has been a guest player with Grimethorpe Colliery, Foden’s, YBS and Leyland bands, and has performed in Las Vegas, Chicago, Cleveland and New Orleans in the USA, Sydney Opera House, in Australia, the Royal Albert Hallthe Royal Festival Hall and Wembly Arena in London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, The Sage, Gateshead and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.  

In addition to his work as a performer, he is also acquiring a burgeoning reputation as a conductor and adjudicator. Having associations with many youth bands in the North of England, Brett has also achieved contest success with NorthopRatby and Longridge bandsBrett conducted Tongwynlais Temperance at the National Finals and he has been guest conductor of the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band, and the University of Salford Brass Band, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Thorsby Colliery. Brett recently completed five years as conductor of the University of Salford, Symphonic Wind Band. He currently conducts the Yorkshire Youth and North East Midlands Youth Brass Bands.

As an adjudicator, Brett, has judged many competitions and festivals including the International Trombone Association in the USA and the National Solo Championships in Switzerland. He has adjudicated at the Netherlands, Australian and New Zealand Nationals, many association contests and numerous Regional Championships.  

For over 20 years, Brett Baker has been keen to promote new music for the trombone, commissioning over one hundred works from composers and arrangers such as Edward Gregson, Nigel Clarke, Rob Wiffin, Gavin Higgins, Oliver Waespi, Darrol Barry, Jan Van Der Roost, Duncan Stubbs, Kenneth Downie, Stephen Roberts, Ludovic Neurohr, Peter Graham, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Dorothy Gates, Andrea Price, Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Duncan, Philip Harper, Philip Sparke, Carl Vincent, Derek Bourgeois, Bill Broughton, Ralph Pearce, James McFadyen, Ray Steadmann-Allen, Marc Owen, Mike Fitzpatrick, Rodney Newton, Goff Richards, Robin Dewhurst, Ty Watson and Martin Ellerby, Barrie Forgie, Keith Wilkinson and Jonathan Bates.

In 2020, Brett was awarded the ITA 'Presidents Award' for his solo performances. recordings and long time service to the ITA.

Brett Baker is surely at the pinnacle of his glittering career - his strength and depth of sound can give way in an instant to the most heart-warming delicacy, and his phenomenally flawless technique is equally matched by an elegant ability to enhance a melodic line with musicianship and responsiveness.” - Anthony Leggett, Brass Band World