John Collins' conducting career started at Bare Trees Junior School in 1998 where he was working as a class teacher. The band he created grew and grew until they achieved their ultimate success by winning the Outstanding Performance Award at the Music for Youth National Festival in 2004. Consequently the band appeared at the Schools Proms that year at the Royal Albert Hall. Whilst doing this John was also playing principal euphonium for the Todmorden Old Band, before moving to Dobcross Silver Band.
In 2004 John teamed up with Andy Robinson at Oldham Brass '97 to reform the band under the name the Oldham Band (Lees). John brought many of his young players with him from the Bare Trees Community Band, some of whom are still members to this day (and now considered the senior members despite only being in their early 20s!). The new band started in August 2004 with the Blackpool areas in their sights, which, after testing the new band out at the Preston contest (and winning), won the area as well. From that point the band has gone from strength to strength and now are a 1st section band. The band frequently competes against Championship section bands and hope that 2014 will see the Oldham Band (Lees) promoted.
John is committed to finding and nurturing young talented brass players to be the Oldham Band (Lees) players of the future. In 2011 he started Lees Band, a junior band which aimed to give young players the opportunity to rehearse and compete on the brass band circuit.
John is always happy to hear from any talented player who is interested in joining our hard-working, friendly band. Contact him on 07801 540173 for a chat in the first instance.
For more details of Oldham Band (Lees) contest results under the baton of John Collins click here: http://brassbandresults.co.uk/conductors/john-collins/