LDBBA Graduation


left to right:

Sydney Swancott


Dr Roy Newsome

Steve started playing brass and percussion at the age of 8 with Porthywaen Silver Band. He went on to study music at Liverpool and Trinity College of Music in London before embarking on a career in performing arts as conductor, performer, teacher and adjudicator. He's been guest conductor and cornet player with some of the finest brass bands, orchestras and male voice choirs in the country and has also played keyboard and trumpet in theatrical productions all over the UK as well as working for the BBC and ITV and until recently in tandem with his remit as Musical Director of The Band of the West Mercia Police. For ten years he was Musical Director of North Powys County Youth Band in Mid Wales then moved over the border working part time on the brass team with the Shropshire Music Service. Steve is busy as a keyboard player playing at functions throughout the Midlands and Wales including weddings, cocktail parties etc.

Until recently Steve was employed as Head of Expressive Arts and Community Education at Belvidere School Technology College leading a  department specialising in art, dance, drama and music. He is also a composition and music performance examiner for the AQA examination board and represents the National Union of Teachers on the AQA Assessment and Curriculum Committee. In January 2010 Steve was appointed Headteacher at Shepwell School a Short Stay School and Home & Hospital Tuition Services in the West Midlands.

Steve is in great demand all over the UK and abroad as conductor and adjudicator officiating at national and local association competitions. He's lectured members of The National Association of Brass Band Conductors at the annual convention on the art of conducting and personnel management. Steve was one of the first recruits on the Welsh Regional Council adjudicators training scheme led by renowned adjudicator Mr Brian Buckley; following this enrolled on the NABBC/Salford University brass band adjudication diploma course graduating in July 2006 with a Licentiate diploma in brass band adjudication.

Steve is regulary engaged as tutor on brass band courses and workshops throughout the UK as both conductor and brass tutor. He has worked as house tutor with The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and The National Childrens Brass Band of Great Britian.

As a composer Steve has received several commisions including a composition for brass band to open the 8Oth celebration dinner for The Round Table of Britain and Ireland and performed by The Band of the West Midlands Police.

A member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and National Association of Brass Band Conductors and represents Wales on the European Brass Band Association Jury.


june 2008

The Band of

West Mercia Constabulary June 2008

SWBBA Phote 1


David Hirst

David Thornton

South West Brass Band Association

Winter workshop


Musical Director of North Powys Youth Band 1995-2005

1991 photo

MD Porthywaen Silver Band 1988-1997