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Certificate in Brass Band Studies
John Roberts began his musical career at the age of 10-years-old playing cornet with Rothwell Temperance Band, eventually being appointed Deputy Conductor when he was only 21-years-old. He progressed as conductor of a number of bands reaching the final of the Young Conductor of the Year competition in 1984. John has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the Rothwell Band and from the mid 1980s they progressed from the Third to the Championship Section, winning many contests on the way, the band's notable achievements under John's direction was being winners of the Tomra / Orskog Entertainment Championships in Norway, winning the Pilkingtons Championship in 1990 and qualifying for the British Open in 1991 and All England Masters in 1992. Having conducted many of the country's top bands, such as Black Dyke, in concert, John was appointed Professional Conductor of the British Steel Teesside Band in 1993 and again he enjoyed contest success, twice winning the Isle of Man entertainment championships and qualifying for the National Final in the Royal Albert Hall, before becoming Musical Director of EYMS Band in 1997, winning the North of England Area Championships on “Montage” in 1998. John also joined the Jayess (Queensbury) Band in 1997 and has led the band through its merger with Jayess '87 to become the current United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band. Since the relationship commenced, John and the band have experienced much success including competing in the First Section National Championships in 1999 and the Swiss Open Contest in the same year. John has pushed the band musically; leading it to Championship Section status and in 2005 became the first British band to compete in the New Zealand National Championships. In May 2006 John became Musical Director of the Yorkshire Championship Section band Skelmanthorpe and for the past 2 years has enjoyed many contest successes twice winning the Butlins 1st section, taking major titles at Wilkinson's and Pontins and recently winning the Yorkshire 1st section Area contest taking the band back to Championship section status. He is also professional conductor with Lockwood Brass, based in Lingdale, Cleveland, with whom he has qualified for the National finals on 4 successive occasions. In September 2013 John was appointed Resident Conductor with the North East's most succesful band, Reg Vardy, with whom he won the Dr Martin contest in Middlesbrough in 2014. John studied for his Certificate in Band Studies under Major Peter Parkes and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.
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