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MUSICAL DIRECTORS

JONATHAN PIPPEN

Jonathan hails from Pontypool in South Wales and began playing the trombone at the age of 7. At 15, Jonathan became principal trombone of both the BTM Band and National Youth Brass Band of Wales.

In 1997, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, and was appointed principal trombone of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band. A year later, having transferred to the Royal Northern College of Music, Jonathan made his professional debut with the Halle Orchestra, and has since performed with some of the country’s top orchestras and ensembles.

After three years of teaching and performing in Portugal, Jonathan returned to the UK to continue his freelance career. It was then that he began to take up conducting, regularly taking the helm at Tredegar and BTM. Between 2007 and 2015, he was a member of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, featuring as a soloist in numerous concerts and recordings.

More recently, Jonathan has plied his conducting trade at Staines Brass, Parc & Dare, and the Staffordshire Band.

MARTIN DAWSON

Martin Dawson began playing the tenor horn at the age of ten in his local village band of Moulton in Northamptonshire. Already a keen percussionist, he alternated between the two instruments for a number of years playing for local bands such as Daventry and District, Northampton Town and the Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band. In 1984, he joined the William Davis Construction Group Band eventually becoming their principal horn player. He also played with the Nuneaton-based 10-piece, Virtuoso in Brass. At the end of 1988, he joined the Desford Colliery Dowty Band, enjoying over 2 years of contests, concerts, tours, recordings, and their hat-trick of National Championship victories.
Work then took him overseas to Thailand and the chance to play with brass players from all over the world and to try his hand at conducting. A return to the UK in 1995 saw him fill a conducting vacancy at Rushden Windmill Band which saw the band gain promotion and achieve many contest successes over the next two years. During this period, he was also resident conductor of the Alliance and Leicester Kibworth Band.
A move to Sri Lanka in 1997 enabled Martin to conduct and play with the Sri Lanka Army Band. A six year period in Indonesia allowed him to play in a number of ensembles throughout Southeast Asia. He was also able to rekindle his attachment to Desford Colliery and join them on a number of their overseas tours to the region.
In 2010, he moved to the Kyrgyz Republic and began an attachment to the Kyrgyz Philharmonic Orchestra. He also formed the Bishkek Brass Ensemble. Over the last 9 years he has been a regular visitor to the UK to conduct the Rushden Town Band and the ladies of Boobs and Brass. A permanent move back to the UK this year has afforded him the opportunity to become resident conductor of the Raunds Temperance Band.