The senior bands Musical Director is Daniel Brooks. Danny was appointed MD to the band in May 2012.
Daniel Brooks was born and brought up in sunny Preston, Lancashire. He began playing the trombone in primary school at the age of ten and also joined his local band – the Eccleston Brass Band. Daniel’s teacher through most of his early years in banding was the late and great Harry Bentham who has vast experience in banding and a great knowledge of music.
Through this time he gained good knowledge and great experience, which earned him a seat with the Todmorden Old Band, aged 16. Since then Daniel has had many teachers including Nick Hudson, Simon Johnson and Barrie Webb. Daniel has also attended the RNCM in Manchester and Huddersfield University and has a Masters with Distinction in Music Performance and an Upper Second Class Degree in Music. Daniel has gone on to play principal trombone for ensembles such as YBS Band, Brighouse and Rastrick Band and most recently Leyland Band.
His playing highlights in banding include playing with the Hallé Orchestra with Todmorden Old band in “Last Night of the Proms” as part of a première for a composition for Orchestra and Brass Band.
Daniel took the position as Musical Director of the reformed Eccleston training band in October 2009 and followed on to become the concert & contest band Musical Director in August 2011. Since then Daniel has gone on to help Eccleston achieve seven top six places out of 8 contests which have included three seconds and one third. Daniel is a developing talent in the world of conducting and hopes that he can one day boast conducting highlights similar to his playing career.
The Youth and Training bands Musical Director is Samantha Harrison. Sam has directed the youth band since its formation in 1995.
Samantha started her playing career on tenor horn with the Elland Silver Band when she was seven years old. She soon moved onto Bb cornet, receiving tuition form Rhonda Harper, the band’s trainer. After spells on soprano cornet and flugel horn she was asked to take on the challenge of principal cornet. The late John Harrison was the conductor at this time and through his coaching and mentorship, Samantha developed the beautiful tone and lyrical style for which she is admired.
At 16, Samantha auditioned for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, where she received further guidance from such experienced musicians as Richard Evans, Alan Morrison, Roy Newsome and Lynda Nicholson. After three courses she became principal cornet. While on a business studies course, Samantha was invited by Phillip McCann to join the Huddersfield University Brass Band, becoming its principal cornet player in her final year. Whilst at University, she took up the challenge of forming the Elland Silver Youth Band, starting with a beginner’s class.
On completion of her studies, Samantha took up the position of flugel horn with the DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band, later moving to the British Telecom Band in Stockport. However, with Elland Youth band going from strength to strength, she returned to play principal cornet with Elland Silver. Samantha continues to be in demand and often appears with other bands.
Since its formation Elland Silver Youth Band has now become one of the country’s leading youth brass bands, performing at many of the UKs finest concert halls alongside some of the UKs finest musicians. In 2016, the band were crowned National Youth Brass Band Intermediate Champions and were runners up in the Development Section of the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Lille.
She also conducts the Elland Silver Training Band and co-ordinates the development of the Elland Starter Brass and Beginner Bands. In recent years her passion for teaching has led her to develop a career as a brass instrumental teacher, where she is now in demand at several local primary and secondary schools.
In 2015 Samantha was awarded a Diploma of Honour from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She has also been announced as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Mortimer Medal for her services to youth brass banding.