Flight: ​​​​​​​​​​​The baritone CD in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance Service

Keith Muggeridge​​​​​

Keith grew up playing in a brass band in Surrey. It was quite clear that this was always going to be a huge part of his life. When he was 18, he was lucky enough to join The Hillingdon Band under Philip Sparke, which further inspired him as a player. So much so that, under Philip’s suggestion and encouragement, he gained a place studying Band Musicianship in Salford. At Salford, Keith was incredibly fortunate to benefit from the guidance of David King, who remains a huge influence, but most importantly Peter Christian, who Keith certainly regards as the finest exponent of the instrument, as well as being a great friend.

It was whilst studying at Salford that Keith played for Wingates Band, moving on to play for The Fairey Band for four very successful years. It was whilst at The Fairey Band Keith was involved in the band winning The North West area contest, Brass in Concert Championships, The All England Masters Championships. and most notably The British Open Championships.

Keith took a break from playing in brass bands to concentrate on his teaching career, however he still found the time to form a successful ten piece who had a formidable reputation in the Milton Keynes area. However, the lure of playing in top bands was just too much, and Keith joined GUS in 2014. He was also honoured to be part of The Mineworkers Championship winning band in 2017. It is still a massive part of his life, going down as often as possible to GUS.



​​​​Mark Peacock, conductor

Mark picked up the cornet at a very early age, coming as he does from a large brass banding family. He began playing in the local Salvation Army band before moving onto flugel horn to join the Tyldesley Band, followed by the Bedford Leigh Band. He went on to study music at Salford University under David King, Roy Newsome, Peter Graham and John ​Hudson and subsequently joined Kennedy’s Swinton Band. He became the first “brass bander” to graduate with a 1st class honours degree and would later return in 2007 to complete his Masters. Whilst studying for his degree he was invited by David King to join the newly formed Yorkshire Building Society Band. In 1996 he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by joining the ranks of the Williams Fairey Band cornet section, enjoying many memorable concert and contest successes.
Mark’s conducting career began in 2003 when he was appointed Musical Director of the Pemberton Old Band. Here he had a string of successful concert and contest outings, the highlight undoubtedly being the band’s victory in the 2004 1st Section National Championships, thus returning the band to the top flight. Since then Mark has been the resident conductor of Wingates and The Fairey Band.

In 2010 Mark was asked to take The Longridge Band to the North West Area Contest. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience and when asked to take the band on a more permanent basis gladly accepted the position. Since then the band have progressed steadily into a very consistent and successful band with qualification to the National Finals at Cheltenham in 2011 and winning the 2011 Northern Open. Mark is very proud of his Longridge association and how the band keeps its tradition as an integral part of the local community.
Mark was previously a very successful Head of Music / Head of Year / Head of Faculty in a Cheshire comprehensive school for 17 years, but is now a self-employed musician with Wigan Music Service, an examiner for music qualifications and an associate lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University.
Paul Haigh​

Paul Haigh returned to the world of brass bands just a few years ago after a 12 year break in his playing career and is a proud member of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band.

Among the many highlights of Paul's banding ​career have to be winning CISWO National Solo Competition as long ago as 1994 and, of course, winning the European Brass Band Championships with Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band.

Paul's sincere wish is that everything tasted of bacon!

Sheona White
Internationally renowned as ‘The Voice of the Tenor Horn’, Sheona White has been performing and educating since the 1990’s, expanding the technical limits of the instrument and augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire.

Steven Mead

Steven Mead is well known and respected by his high profile work in brass performance and pedagogy. He is Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has taught euphonium and baritone at this school since 1989.
Steven also teaches at several specialist schools across Europe, and in Japan. He was given the prestigious award of Fellow of the RNCM in 2008.

He needs no introduction to brass enthusiasts around the world as his playing and teaching have become known to virtually all who have a love for the instrument known as the euphonium.

This remarkable solo career followed on from the successes he achieved as a member of several of the UK’s leading brass bands. Nowadays he travels and performs regularly with some of the finest brass, wind and symphonic ensembles in the world.

Peter Christian

I started playing aged 9 on Baritone with New Mills Old Prize Band in Derbyshire. I joined the N.Y.B.B. when I was 11 until aged 18, during this period I played for Whaley Bridge Band and Glossop Old Band.In 1971 I joined Fodens Motor Works on 1st. Baritone where I stayed until 1979 when I moved to Black Dyke Mills Band on 2nd. Baritone under the great John ​Slinger,in 1981 we swapped positions and it was my great privilege to have been promoted to Solo Baritone with the Major conducting.I remained with Dyke until 1992. During this period we won 3 Nationals, 3 British Opens and 8 European Championships.

I joined the Fairey Band in 1992 again with Major Parkes conducting.We won the National title and British Open in 1993 and the European in 1994.I decided to concentrate on conducting so I left Faireys in 1996 but I was tempted back to playing by Richard Evans at the Leyland Band where we won the Brass in Concert title.

I had one more spell at Fairey and another with Leyland before eventually stopping playing "properly" in 2001.Highlights as well as Contest wins have been numerous tours to places such as Japan (twice), Australia,America (twice) and many European countries.

Since 1983 I have Conducted Hawk Green Marple,Stalybride,Chapel-En-Le-Frith and since 2001 the Bollington Band, I have also Conducted since 1996 till 2016 Strabane Concert Brass in N.Ireland. I have been a Tutor with the N.Y.B.B.for many years and I am still involved in the audition process.I am Married to Pat and have a Daughter, Rebecca who is following a Musical career as a Singer. 
I was also honoured to be a member, on Solo Baritone, with Kings of Brass from its inception.