Parky first came to banding when he joined Warwick University Brass band in 2008. Parky has since worked in banding through managing bands, helping establish UniBrass into what it is today and recently returned from Kampala working for “Brass for Africa”. He currently plays with Ireland Colliery Brass Band and is MD of Stockport Silver Band.
Parky has worked alongside BBE since he became very involved in running UniBrass, including two years as Chair of the Organising Committee, in the development of the UniBrass charity structure and the annual Universities’ Brass Band Band Championship, next year to be held in Bangor. Alongside this Parky continued to play with the university band for 9 years, 5 of which in the principal seat as well as finding time to complete a PhD too!
Sophie is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield where she studied both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music, specialising in Musicology and studying performance under Jonathan Beatty. After graduating in 2013, Sophie went on to manage the UK’s largest music hire collection, the Yorkshire Music Library; growing the service’s membership substantially and delivering a commercially sustainable business model that has since adopted by other similar services throughout the UK.
Prior to accepting a position with BBE she was working as a Business Development Manager for Culture at Doncaster Council working across the Libraries, Museums and Culture departments to increase income potential and supporting strategic partnership work within the cultural sector in Doncaster. Sophie enjoys a diverse playing career, playing the trombone in orchestras, big bands, brass bands and chamber ensembles in and around Sheffield. She also enjoys volunteering with the Greyhound Trust Sheffield walking its retired racers.
As an experienced administrator, Louise came to Brass Bands England in January 2016. She has played the flute since the age of 10 but unfortunately not a brass instrument and is hoping to be forgiven for this.
Louise started her career in a financial services apprenticeship, auditing grant applications and then moved to hotel accounts to gain practical experience, working for The Lowry Hotel and the Radisson Blu group. She then moved into ticketing, working for Ticketmaster and Quaytickets (part of The Lowry Theatre) and her team provided the online box office for the Youth Championships 2015. She has recently relocated to Yorkshire, working for the RSPB in administration and finance, before gaining a position at BBE.
Vicky has been involved in brass bands all her life. With both parents playing it was just a matter of time before she started to learn and rather than sitting through numerous rehearsals, concerts and contests be a part of them herself. She has continued to play and be a part of local banding, which is something that she very much enjoys.
Her family have even started on the next generation now and the tune a day book is once again being brought out of the cupboard for her five year old daughter. She has a passion for banding and especially the benefits that it can bring to a community both the younger and older generations alike.