Ben took the reins from Jane Rowlinson as Musical Director of Warrington West Concert Band in October 2012 after 15 years as principal cornet player. Jane remains a critical part of the set-up as Deputy Musical Director and principal clarinet.
Ben started playing the cornet aged 7 whilst at Burtonwood County Primary School. He went on to play 1st cornet in the school brass band and in 1994 played on the band tour to Jersey.
After starting at Great Sankey High School in 1994, Ben quickly became principal cornet player for the school concert band and also the school swing band when that was formed in 1997. At the same time (aged 15), Ben joined Warrington West Concert Band (then known as Barrowhall Community Concert Band) as principal cornet.
Whilst a member of the school bands, he played on 2 band tours to Denmark and France and competed regularly in the National Concert Band Festival. Since leaving Great Sankey High/Barrowhall College in 2001, Ben continued to play as principal cornet with Warrington West Concert Band and has deputised with a number of other brass bands from time to time.
Ben has spent many years working in education with young people aged 11-18 and has volunteered his time to training young people to play brass instruments while also assisting the leaders of local school & college bands during rehearsals, performances and stage musicals.
Since Ben became Musical Director in 2012, the band has grown from around 15-20 regular members to more than 50. Ben has introduced new and more challenging pieces of music regularly over the past 8 years, and continually looks to improve overall and individual performance standards.
Previous Musical Directors
Andrew Jones (1997 – 2000)
Anthony Mills (2000 – 2007)
Andrew Jones (2007 – 2008)
Jane Rowlinson (2008 – 2012)
Ben Lloyd (2012 – Present)