Musical Director: David Holling

David was born in 1972 and began his musical journey at the age of 6 travelling to Dinnington Colliery Band with his father Dennis and brothers, Andrew and Julian. His mother Ann is also a musician, an accomplished pianist, so there was never a shortage of music around the house when he was growing up. In 1980, DavidĀ“s father Dennis reformed Thurcroft Welfare Band and David, aged 8 was the Principal Euphonium player; a seat that he proudly held for the next 11 years before embarking on a degree course in music at Huddersfield University.

In 1991 David joined Sellers Engineering Band on 2nd Baritone under the baton of Philip McCann and by 1992 had been promoted to Principal Baritone for the next 3 years before moving to Burton-on-Trent in 1995. Subsequently, in 1994 he qualified with a first class honours degree and was awarded the Sellers Scholarship for musical excellence and the Harry Mortimer Memorial Award for dedication to brass studies. He was then appointed as Principal Baritone at Desford Colliery and Musical Director of the Snibston & Desford Band for the next 2 years. Also during this time David was employed at de Ferrers High School in Burton where he led the school band to victory coveting the Outstanding Performance award with the school brass band at the National Festival of Music for Youth.

In 1997 a promotion to Head of Department meant a move to Derbyshire. Whilst at Hope Valley College David was able to concentrate on his passion for Big Band music. As a competent jazz pianist and bass guitar player, David was able to use these skills to encourage more than 20% of his school population to participate in musical activities. During this time David held the Principal Baritone position at Rhodian Brass until it disbanded in 1999.

Later in 1999 David joined the ASDA Stocksbridge Band on Principal Baritone and enjoyed great success with them including National Championship titles and qualifications at both 1st and Championship level. He also set up the Peak District Jazz Orchestra, a youth group for high standard jazz musicians. In 2004 the PDJO were too awarded the Outstanding Performance at the NFMY.

In 2009 David accepted the position of Musical Director of the City of Sheffield Band. With hard work and determination the band went from strength to strength enjoying a string of great contest results including the Butlins 1st Section Championship title in 2011. In 2010 he led Silk Brass to a National Finals qualification (2nd place in the North West Regionals) on their first outing as a 1st section band as a guest conductor following Jim Cant’s illness. In 2011 David took on the role of MD with Strata Brass leading the band’s promotion to section 1 for the first time in its history (from 2014). Both Silk and Strata enjoyed uncompromising success under David’s leadership.

In recent times David has helped to rebuild the famous Kibworth Band and is the Resident Conductor of Thoresby Colliery Band in the Championship section. In 2014 his test piece ‘Phoenix’ was selected for the Butlins Mineworkers contest in Section 2. In addition to his conducting and composing he runs a small recording business and spends as much time as possible with his wife Mandy and children Josephine, James and Hannah

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