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Lee Skipsey started playing the cornet at the age of 7 at the Regent Hall Corps of the Salvation Army on London’s Oxford street.
As for so many young musicians in the army, other instruments were always on hand to try out. For Lee this was the drums.
His love for percussion soon took over and to cut a long profile short became the principle percussionist of the world famous Black Dyke Band.During this period Lee has performed in some of the best concert halls in the world and with the greatest musicians.
On the contest stage as a player Lee’s experience and success is vast Winning a European, Yorkshire area, an English nationals, 2 British Open titles and 3 National titles.
After tutoring along side Bramwell Tovey and working under the likes of Sir Collin Davies, conducting was the next thing for Lee to do.
Lee became the Musical Director of the City of Bradford Brass Band in May 2010 and has taken the band from the 3rd section to the Championship section, winning 3 Northern Open titles, a Yorkshire area and a National title on the way.
Lee is also the professional conductor of the Newtongrange Silver Band and in a 9 month period assisted the band in winning the Scottish Championships (1st section), The Senior Trophy and the Scottish Challenge Shield.
He has since worked with some of the best brass bands in the world and is in constant demand.
Lee is a very highly respected conductor from audiences and musicians alike and we are very proud to have him as our Musical Director.