Colin Herbert has been the band’s Musical Director since late 2015, taking over the baton from Ledbury-based teacher and composer John Frith, who was one of the band’s founding members.
Colin began playing the cornet at the age of seven tutored by his grandfather, and subsequently joined Sherborne Town Band. He went on to join the Army and studied at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall under Professor Peter Wise. Colin was awarded the prestigious Cousins Memorial Parchment for exceptional proficiency on the Euphonium, and also won the title of best cavalry trumpet player on the course.
After 16 years service Colin left the Army and was soon back in the thick of brass banding, performing as a soloist. He got involved as Musical Director at the Sherborne Youth Band, and then at Wilton & District Band. Both these bands enjoyed considerable success under Colin’s leadership.
Colin has made a big difference to the band, most notably in the cultivation of a traditionally warm, blended sound. Colin is excited about the band’s future and looks forward to working to raise its profile.