Musical Leadership

Musical Director - Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker Andrew Baker has been involved in brass bands for over thirty years, and has played in and conducted bands at every level. During this playing career he played in some of the best concert halls in the UK under some of the finest conductors, including Bramwell Tovey, Roy Newsome, Alan Morrison, Philip Harper and Andrew Berryman.

He studied composition and conducting at the University of Nottingham, with further postgraduate study in Huddersfield, and continues to compose and arrange music on a regular basis. His compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout the UK and further afield by bands such as Cory, Fodens, Brighouse & Rastrick, Virtuosi GUS and Hammonds, and renowned soloists such as Owen Farr, Gavin Pritchard and Sheona White. He now runs his own publishing and web design business, and lectures on composing and arranging at the University of Huddersfield.

Andrew currently lives on a narrowboat on the Huddersfield Broad Canal, from where he can flee his creditors at speeds not exceeding 4mph.

For more details of Andrews compositions and publishing, see: .

Associate Conductor - Sam Watson

Sam Watson Sam's banding career started at the age of 9 years old, when he started learning to play the Tenor Horn. When Sam moved to Leeds to study Maths at Leeds University, he took on the role of conducting the University's wind orchestra and brass band. Once finishing at Leeds University Sam joined The Harrogate Band and went on to study a Master's Degree in Conducting at Huddersfield University.

Sam is also keen composer and arranger, recently setting up his own publishing company, Integral Music Publishing. Here you can purchase several of Sam's arrangements that The Harrogate Band have had the pleasure of playing over the years.

Sam holds the Solo Tenor Horn seat at The Harrogate Band and has done for 3 years. You'll be able to see Sam both playing the Tenor Horn and conducting in concerts throughout the year, whilst we play several pieces that Sam has arranged. Sam is also the Musical Director of Otley Brass Band and is extremely excited to be working alongside Leigh going forward.