Gresswell to lead Imps

The Yorkshire Imperial Metals Urqhuart Travel Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Gresswell as Musical Director with immediate effect following Jack Capstaff’s move to Derwent Brass.

Following an extremely successful playing career where Simon rose to the very top of his profession as a highly decorated Bb Bass player playing for the likes of Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills, the Fairey band sand Yorkshire Building Society; Simon has more recently been concentrating his musical efforts on conducting, and to great success.


Having recently left a particularly successful tenure with the Enderby band in the Midlands, with whom Simon enjoyed much musical development and contesting success, Simon has been looking for a new challenge and the band are delighted that this has come at such a time to ensure his appointment to the role.

Simon commented on his appointment:
“I’m delighted to have been asked to take up the post of Musical Director with the world famous Yorkshire Imperial Band. As a youngster, Yorkshire Imps were for me, one of the very best brass bands in the world and I’m keen to build on that heritage and try to develop the band to a similar stature after a turbulent year. There’s a long road ahead, but the band and I are both keen for the challenge and will be working hard together towards securing players for the remaining seats to be filled and musically on our performances at Butlins and the Areas next year to ensure the bands success going forwards.”

In response, band principle cornet Alan Fowler said:
“The band are delighted to have a musician of such experience and skill take over from Jack. Simon has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to the band and we hope that he can help lead us to as much success as he has already with his previous bands. We’re currently working on signings and are building on the momentum which has seen some key seats filled with brilliant players already this year to really strengthen the band, and see working with Simon as a big draw for perspective players.”

The band continue to rehearse at their own dedicated in bandroom in Ossett on Tuesdays and Thursdays and welcome applications for vacant positions.