Drighlington Band - Composer in Residence

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Composer in Residence

Rob Bushnell BSc (Hons)

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Rob Bushnell has enjoyed many successes to date. From performing to composing, tutoring to conducting, typesetting to sound recording, Rob's abilities and talents encompass a large range of subjects and disciplines. After starting to learn the piano at the age of five and, soon after, the cornet aged 7, Rob's affinity for analysing the world around him soon moved to studying scores and deciding he'd give composing "a go" at the age of 8. With each new composition he wrote, he continued to develop until at the aged of fifteen he was asked to compose a march for his local band, which (a year later) was released on CD.

As a member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force Band and Corps of Drums, Rob was not only presented with a number of awards but performed and toured at a number of prestigious events and venues across Europe - including the Menin Gate, Sandhurst, the Lord Mayor's Parade and the Southbank Centre. It was whilst here that Rob continued to compose, gaining performances of his works at the 10th Rorkes Drift Concert and the Royal Military School of Music Knellar Hall, as well as starting to conduct: an endeavour that continued through University and saw him help Wansbecks Ashington Colliery Band achieve a third-place finish at the North of England Regionals in March 2011 with only a week's worth of rehearsals.

Between 2008 and 2012, Rob undertook the role of musical advisor to the Newstead Brass Band, which quickly saw results when they qualified for the 2009 National Championship Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall - a contest that he played in himself two years later. During this same time period, Rob was awarded the 'Award of Merit for the Devilish Award for Composition 2009', arranged music for the National Young Orchestra of Great Britain's Christmas Charity concert and continued play with symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and brass bands alike - including a performance with the Championship Section band Staines Brass on BBC Radio London.

Rob has a first class BSc Mathematics and Music (Hons) from the University of Leeds where he received the highest mark in his year for music analysis and full marks for his final year composition for large orchestra. He has received a number of commissions and is also a producer and editor with the UK's leading location-recording company, Direct Recording Services Ltd.

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Upcoming events

1st August 2018
Yorkshire Day, Lotherton Hall

5th August 2018
Summer Bands in Leeds Parks, Victoria Park, Calverley

3rd November 2018
Wychavon Festival of Brass Con

19th December 2018
Bramham Park Christmas Concert