Musical Director - Dean Jones
In June 2016, The Harrogate Band appointed Dean Jones the position of Musical Director. Dean, who is originally a trombone player from Swindon in Wiltshire, made the move up to Yorkshire around 10 years ago to continue his education. His playing career started out from the age of 3, where he was parping away on a Cornet. He then decided that a Trombone would suit his personality better, so made the change to the dark side!
Now Dean isn't actually a true Yorkshire man, however, as a band we have accepted him as one of our own. He moved here to gain his music performance degree at University of Huddersfield. Dean then continued his education completing a Masters Degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He now uses all his skills and knowledge as a teacher of music in South Elmsall, Pontefract.
Dean's conducting career started out with our wonderful friends at Crofton Silver Band, starting there with only just a few months conducting experience. He quickly drew upon his experiences from playing at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, Rothwell Temperance Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band to progress his career by joining The Harrogate Band. Dean brings a new enthusiastic, engaging form of banding to both bands that he is currently conducting.
Dean has already experienced many great moments in his short two years with The Harrogate Band, however for him, here are his highlights;
"I am delighted that after two years of hard work, The Harrogate Band were named Champions of The North of England 1st Section back in March 2018. This qualifies us for the National Finals in September 2018 and I am excited for the new challenges that lay ahead when the band move up to the Championship Section in 2019.
The band are also very lucky to have a brand new bandroom, which is one of the best rehearsal venues I have ever had the privilege of using. Currently, this is a very exciting time to be involved with The Harrogate Band."
Dean loves chatting (don't we know it!) to audience members and potential players so please do stop him for a chat at any of our upcoming concerts. To see these, please go to the Engagements page.