Lanchester Brass Band

"One of Durham's friendliest bands."

Our Conductors


Yorkshireman and IT consultant Gareth Sykes is a championship level bass trombone player but, more importantly, lives in County Durham and is our current musical director. He took over the baton in September 2016 and has impressed the band with his good humour, practical experience and deep musicality.

Assistant Conductors

John Tobin is a retired music teacher who has contributed greatly to our trombone section over the last year and provides a good support to Gareth.

James Draper, currently studying music at Durham, played horn and euphonium in the band from childhood, and has latterly conducted us where required.  

Les Haywood has a lifetime's brass band experience, conducting Pittington Band for many years, and we have also been pleased to have him playing with and coaching us recently.