Musical Directors

Dr. L. Brett Baker
Dr. L. Brett BakerMusical Director, Elland Silver Band
“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 being one of the most recorded brass soloists. Brett was Programme Leader for Musical Arts (previously band musicianship) at the University of Salford (Manchester). He continues to be an ambassador for Michael Rath Brass Instruments and Sales Director and Global Artist Liaison for Denis Wick & Alliance Products. He is a former long serving Principal Trombone of the Black Dyke Band
As well as a performance schedule of 40 concerts a year, Brett enjoys presenting workshops, specialising in solo performance, conducting and band training. Brett has produced over 30 solo albums, 8 under his own label of White River Evocations, which produces and distributes CDs. He has performed as guest soloist on a further 40 CDs. He regularly tours in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as a soloist, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. As a consultant, Brett, has worked with Michael Rath Musical Instruments for over 18 years on instrument design and has assisted in production of a signature mouthpiece. He was taught by Robert Morgan, Lyndon Baglin, Steve Walkley, Christopher Houlding, Kevin Price and Denis Wick.
As a conductor, Brett has many associations with bands in the North of England, and has achieved contest successes with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands. He has been guest conductor of the University of Salford Brass Band, the brass band at the Royal Northern College of Music, Thoresby Colliery, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and the Leyland Band. In 2014 Brett conducted Tongwynlais Temperance at the National Finals of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Brett was conductor of the University of Salford Symphonic Wind Band from 2014-2019. Brett has conducted the massed ensemble at Trombonanza Argentina, Directed at the Singapore and Philippines Low Brass Ensembles, and Dartington International Summer School, the International Brass Band Summer School and The Film Orchestra in Worcestershire. Brett conducted the course and concerts for National Youth Band of Scotland in 2019 and European Youth Brass Band in 2022 and most recently has guest conducted the Grimethorpe Colliery and Newstead bands before being appointed to the Elland Silver and Poulton Le Fylde Brass Bands.
In 2020 Brett won the ITA Presidents Award for Solo Performance and services to the International Trombone Association.

Samantha Harrison
Samantha HarrisonMusical Director, Elland Youth Band
Samantha began her playing career at the age of 7 with the Elland Silver Band. At age 14 she was appointed Principal Cornet by the bands Musical Director, the late John Harrison. Through his tuition and encouragement Samantha joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was appointed co-principal cornet in 1995. Samantha continued her playing with Elland Silver Band as they progressed from 4th to 2nd Section. In 1999, Samantha had a short spell with Yorkshire Imps and British Telecom Bands on Flugel before returning to Elland to resume the Principal Cornet position, a position she held until 2017 when she moved onto Flugel with band.
During her playing career Samantha has been fortunate to have studied cornet with Linda Nicholson, Philip McCann and James Shepherd.
Alongside Samantha’s playing role at Elland she has also been the Musical Director of Elland Silver Youth Band for some 28 years which she founded in 1995. Since its formation Elland Silver Youth Band has now become one of the countries leading youth brass bands, performing at many of the UKs finest concert halls alongside some of the UKs finest musicians. Under Samantha’s leadership the band has band has won several National Titles, including the European Youth Championships 2017.
She also conducts the Elland Silver Training Band and Community Band, alongside her work as a freelance brass instrumental teacher.
In May 2016, Samantha was awarded the prestigious Harry Mortimer Medal in recognition of her services to youth brass banding, which was presented to her at the Royal Albert Hall at the National Brass Band Championships.

In 2021, Samantha was also presented with the “Outstanding Contribution Award to Brass Bands” from Brass Bands England in recognition of her work.

In 2022, Samantha was invited to adjudicate the 3rd Division at the SIDDIS Brass Band Championships in Stavangar, Norway.

Samantha is passionate about brass bands and encouraging people of all ages to enjoy music making.

Thomas Cobham
Thomas CobhamAssistant Musical Director, Elland Starter Band
Coming from a small village near Chorley, Lancashire, Tom started his musical journey at the age of 14. From learning through Red Admiral Music Academy, he quickly found a passion for playing in a brass band. This lead to him completing both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield, where he held the principal euphonium seat throughout his studies. Tom joined the Senior Band on 2nd Baritone in 2018 and has moved through the euphonium/ baritone section onto 2nd Euphonium and most recently on Solo Baritone.

Since graduating, Tom has worked closely with Sam working with the Starter Band and providing tuition in the schools in the local area, allowing more of the Elland community a chance to learn a brass instrument. Since September 2023, Tom formed the “Adult beginner class” which allows adults who may not have and the opportunity to learn a brass instrument as a child the chance to learn one later in life. Aside from his work with the band, Tom also works with Red Admiral Music Academy and Chetham’s School of Music.

Lauren Rosborough
Lauren RosboroughMusical Director, HIT IT Percussion Group
Lauren Rosborough was brought up in Calderdale and heavily immersed in musical activities growing up including; The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra and Elland Silver Band. Lauren went on to study percussion at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was fortunate to study with some of the countries leading percussionists including, Owen Gunnel, Steve Barnard and Henry Baldwin. After Graduating from RWCMD Lauren moved back North to Manchester and is enjoying a freelance career as both a performer and teacher across Yorkshire and the North