Dr Brett Baker

Office Times

Please contact Brett on b.baker@salford.ac.uk for an appointment 

Biography

Clinician for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, Past-Principal trombone of Black Dyke Band for 15 years, Past-President of the British Trombone Society, Chairman of the Awards Committee for the International Trombone Association and Editor of the Glissando Magazine, Brett Baker is viewed as one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators. He is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new repertoire for trombone.

In 2000 he was invited to join the Black Dyke Band, having many contest successes. As well as a playing schedule of 100 concerts a year Brett enjoys presenting workshops, specialising in solo performance.

Bretts research interests are focused on trombone solo repertoire, and instrument design as a result of modular instrument assembly and the psychology of performance.

Having associations with many youth bands in the North of England, Brett has achieved contest success with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands, and been guest conductor with Leyland, Tongwynlias Temperance, and the brass band at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Brett has produced 25 solo CDs, 6 under his own label of White River Evocations, two sheet music solo albums with Kirklees Music and published many arrangements with Studio Music.

As an adjudicator Brett has judged many competitions and festivals including the International Trombone Association in the USA and the National Solo Championships in Switzerland. In the brass band arena he has adjudicated many association contests, the New Zealand and Australian National finals, and most of the Area Qualifiers for the National Championships of Great Britain.

Brett’s website can be found at www.brettbaker.co.uk

Teaching

Brett works at levels 4-6 and at postgraduate level on the MA course. Modules include: Performance, Conducting, Arts Administration, Professional Practice and Negotiated Major Project.

Brett has also recently set up the Salford Saturday Music School to encourage more music making in the local area and give young people specialist training in Performance and Conducting.

Research Interests

Trombone solo repertoire,

Instrument design as a result of modular instrument assembly

The Psychology of performance.

Qualifications and Memberships

Dr. of Musical Arts (DMA) A.R.C.M. P.G.C.E.

Past President of the British Trombone Society

Chairman of the International Trombone Association

Member of the Association of Brass band Adjudicators

Council member of the National Youth brass Band of Great Britain