Our President & Honorary Vice President

At our AGM on Thursday 4th May 2017, Andy Sutcliffe was elected President of Gawthorpe Brass '85.  Leigh Baker continues as our Honorary Vice President.

 

Andrew Sutcliffe - President

We are delighted to welcome Andy Sutcliffe as the new President of the Gawthorpe Brass '85 organisation.  Andy has been actively involved with the band for many years and we are thrilled that he has agreed to become our president. 

His family have been an important part of the GB'85 organisation for many years, and his daughter Emma, is the conductor of our Youth, Training and Beginners ensembles, as well as being actively involved in leading the music funshop.  Tracy, Andy's wife, is our Treasurer and their eldest daughter, Laura, is a registered player with Gawthorpe and previous solo tenor horn. Ryan, their son, puts up with them all and no doubt longs to join the band at some point :) 


Leigh Baker - Honorary Vice President

We are equally delighted to have Leigh Baker as the Honorary Vice President of Gawthorpe Brass '85.

Leigh has been an important part of GB'85 for many years and has been a player and conductor with the organisation.  He hails from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire (home of the pies!). After his school education he moved to Huddersfield Polytechnic (now University) to study Euphonium Performance (under Geoff Whitham) and Composition on the BA (Hons) Music Degree course.

Leigh was a composer in residence at Brighouse and Rastrick Band, and a member of the band for 19 years producing a range of compositions and arrangements after studying at Huddersfield University.  

Leigh’s playing career commenced with the local town band (Melton Borough) and he quickly progressed to Championship Section banding with the Ancient Order of Foresters Band (again under Geoff Whitham). His move to Yorkshire saw Leigh appointed Solo Euphonium with the Jayess (Queensbury) Band where he worked with Jim Shepherd.

In 1990 at the age of 20, a slim, wavy haired Leigh joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Band on second Euphonium and it was this musical organisation that was to become a major influence on his life.

Leigh had a short spell on Solo Euphonium with Brighouse but settled on the Prince of Instruments - the baritone in 1995 and held the Solo Baritone Position until his 'retirement' from playing in 2009.

Whilst performing with the band Leigh has played in most parts of the UK and on Tour to Europe and North America and the Brighouse and Rastrick Band usually attracts sell out audiences.  This has varied from a floating stage on Bergen harbour to The Royal Albert Hall to a Mushy Pea Millionaire’s 60th birthday party!

Contest wins have also included every major contest (apart from the elusive British Open!) and these have formed some of the highlights of his playing career.

Leigh is married to Rachel Elsworth, daughter of the founding member of the GB'85 organisation, Susan Elsworth.