Musical Director

Simon Gresswell hails from Queensbury, he started his playing under the guidance of the legendary James Shepherd. Having progressed through school bands and the very successful Queensbury Music Centre Band. Simon went on to become a member of Black Dyke Mills, Brighouse and Rastrick, Williams Fairey and Yorkshire Building Society bands Simon is one of the most decorated players of his generation, with multiple contest wins including British Open, National and European Championships. Simon is a former member of the National Youth Band of Great Britain and whilst with them was awarded the Arthur Atkinson Trophy in recognition of his outstanding playing and leadership.

Over the years Simon has been lucky to have many musical highlights including tours to Japan, USA, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Australia. Other musical highlights were the themed Cry of the Celts and Windows of the World concert given by YBS. Also, Simon has been a long time Mike Oldfield fan so was delighted to be asked to record and perform Oldfield’s iconic Tubular Bells to audiences across the UK. Simon has also played on over 60 commercial recordings, many of which have received accolades from the various brass band press outlets. In 2004 he was voted into the All Time “top 10” BBb Tuba players by the brass band website 4BarsRest.

A real sea change in activities took place in 2005 when Simon was appointed a Yamaha Performance and Development Artist. He took a leading role in developing the new range of Neo Tubas, released to the market with critical acclaim. Following this prestigious appointment Simon was invited to become a forming member of the Yamaha Neo Brass group. This group performs its own brand of music and educational material.

Simon is now much in demand as a specialist tutor of lower brass, he also works as an adjudicator and a conductor of brass bands in the UK and Europe. Working with diverse music groups which include HM British Army Bands. In 2015 Simon was appointed Musical Director of Enderby Band. Together they enjoyed a very strong period of success. Using the experience gained working under lots of legendary conductors, he led the band to many contest successes whilst also performing many innovative concerts. In 2018 Simon was appointed Musical Director of Yorkshire Imperial Band. He is relishing the prospect of returning the band to the mighty status it once held in world banding.