Dr. L. Brett Baker
“The name Brett Baker has become an established, household name in the world of brass, not least for the level of commitment and focus that this outstanding musician has given to his craft.” Professor David King
Brett Baker is viewed internationally as a leading brass performer and educator; he is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new repertoire for trombone having commissioned over 100 compositions for the instrument. Brett is a clinician for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, Programme Leader for Music at the University of Salford, Course Director of Bolsover Summer School, Past-Principal Trombone of Black Dyke Band, a Past-President of the British Trombone Society, Chairman of the Awards Committee for the International Trombone Association and Editor of Glissando Magazine.
He has performed with celebrated singers Alison Goldfrapp and Hayley Westenra as well as other world class trombone soloists including Ian Bousfield, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Lindberg and Joseph Alessi. He is currently the most recorded trombone soloist in his genre, and has played on numerous radio and TV broadcasts. Brett’s area of research includes trombone solo repertoire as well as modular instrument design, and performance psychology. Brett has produced 25 solo CDs, 6 under his own label of White River Evocations, two sheet music solo albums and many arrangements for trombone.
Originally from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, Brett was introduced to the trombone by his father. Brett moved to study Business Economics at Salford University, simultaneously joining the Fairey Band. At Fairey’s Brett’s reputation as one of the finest players of his generation was firmly established, he became British Open Trombone Solo Champion from 1993-5, studying with Professor David King. Brett’s first solo recording “Bone Idyll” accompanied by Fairey’s and released in 1996 gained much critical acclaim, his advisor at this time being Denis Wick.
In 2000 Brett began studies at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Chris Houlding, John Iveson and John Miller and joined the Black Dyke Band. Under the Direction of Dr Nicholas Childs, Brett played on over 100 CD’s, and highlights included overseas trips to the USA, Bermuda and Australia.
Over a 20 year period Brett has won many competitions including Brass in Concert as the featured soloist, the Grand Shield, the All England Masters and Australian ‘Nationals’ twice, the Europeans three times, the Yorkshire Area, British Open Championships and English Nationals four times, and the National Championships of Great Britain five times.
Pursuing a hectic playing schedule Brett enjoys presenting workshops specializing in solo performance. He has been guest trombone tutor on Star Lake Music camp near New York, the National Youth Band of Great Britain, and the Swiss National Youth Band. He is currently trombone tutor of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, and the International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea. As well as Course Director on the Bolsover Summer School and Northern Brass Band Trust, in 2014 Brett was appointed Artistic Director for the Singapore Trombone Festival.
As a conductor Brett has associations with many youth bands in the North of England, he has achieved contest success with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands, and recently conducted Tongwylais Temperance at the National Finals of Great Britain in 2014. He has been a guest conductor of the Salford University Brass Band, the Brass Band at the Royal College of Music, Thorsby Colliery, Carlton Maine Frickley Colliery and Leyland Band. As an adjudicator Brett has judged many competitions and festivals including the ITA in the USA, and the National Solo Championships in Switzerland. In the brass band arena he has adjudicated at many association contests and the National Finals in; the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand as well as numerous Regional Area Championships.
© Dr. L Brett Baker (brettbaker.co.uk)