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Mike began playing the tenor Horn with Delph Band aged 8 progressing to Solo Euphonium five years later. Aged fifteen he joined the legendary CWS Manchester Band led by the great conductor and teacher Alex Mortimer. Enjoying many successes at Major Contests in the UK and abroad during his playing career Mike has been principal euphonium of Wingates, Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Leyland DAF, Fairey Band, Grimethorpe Coliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Desford Colliery, YBS and most recently Hepworth Band. He has appeared as a guest and soloist with many of the country's top bands and has featured as a soloist at Gala Concerts and festivals across the world and has been awarded many solo prizes including the "Outstanding instrumentalist" at The New Zealand National Championship in 1999. Mike has conducted several bands in Great Britain and abroad and has adjudicated numerous competitions in Europe and the UK. He regularly contributes articles and reviews to the Brass band press. Mike is the current Chairman of Brass Bands England and aspires to continue making a positive contribution to the Brass Band Community which has played such an important part of his life. This role presents the opportunity to support and develop bands whilst promoting the benefits of; and encouraging the participation in this unique pastime, Brass Banding. In his commercial life Mike is Managing Director of a successful Business strategy development and leadership training company based in Yorkshire.
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