Players

Solo Trombone Simon Baum

Having picked up his father’s trombone at a young age, Simon’s early music making was orchestral. Taught by Les Piper, he enjoyed four years as Principal Trombone in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra followed by the Oxford University and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.

His introduction to brass bands was with the very successful Loughborough Junior Band conducted by the famous Bud Fisher, which won the Midlands Youth title six times and the National Youth Championships in 1978. Simon was one of many young players that progressed into the senior band and as a teenager sat in the Solo Trombone seat when Loughborough Band achieved a remarkable seventh place in the Championship Section finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 1981.

Work commitments, including time overseas, resulted in some lengthy periods away from banding, but Simon has enjoyed permanent spells with local Leicestershire bands, including Foresters Brass and, more recently, Hathern Band together with regularly depping for the likes of the GUS Band and several appearances with Derwent Brass. Simon joined the band as a full time member in 2019.

Trombone Malcolm Portman

Malcolm has a long and experienced playing career, starting in 1974 with the Shirebrook band before joining the Royal Green Jackets of the Army in 1977. Malcolm left the Army in 1994 and following a return stint with Shirebrook went on to play for Thoresby Colliery in 1996 including a first section finals win in 2000. Malcolm moved to Carlton Main Frickley in 2006 where various highlights include a 6th place at the British Open.

Malcolm joined the Terrortorial Army in 2007 on the formation of The Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers and then in 2013 went to work in Qatar teaching trombone to the Qatari Army Music Corps. Upon his return to the UK he joined Blidworth Welfare Band where he remained until August 2017.

After leaving Blidworth, Malcolm continued to support various local bands in the area and a year down the line joined Derwent Brass in August 2018.

Bass Trombone Chris Clayton

Chris started playing aged just 11 being taught at school by Haydn Cooper. His first band was the Huthwaite Silver Prize Band, moving after several years to join Britannia Airways which later became the Thornton's band.

He then had a spell with the Shirland Band before moving in the early 90s to a then new and unknown band in the 3rd section called Derwent Brass. Chris has also played for the Nottinghamshire Constabulary wind band, Derventio Brass ensemble, Burton Concert Band and the British Police Symphony Orchestra with whom he played at some fabulous venues such as St John Smith's Square London, Beverley and York Minster's, Lichfield Cathedral and the Birmingham Symphony Hall annually. He has also enjoyed several memorable tours abroad including France, Holland and Germany.

Following a sabbatical Chris got back into playing with Ibstock Brick Brass before rejoining Derwent Brass.

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