David Stokes (The Tilbury Band)
David Stokes is a highly experienced conductor and performer and has been actively involved in the brass band world for many years. He is based in London and has worked successfully as musical director with a number of bands in the London and Southern Counties area. Most notably, he guided Welwyn Garden City Band from 2nd Section to Championship Section status and has enjoyed successful tenures with Runnymede Brass and Friary Guildford Band.
As a player, David served with The Central Band of the Royal Air Force and during this time he gained his Associateship of the Royal College of Music and Fellowship of the London College of Music for performance.
Upon leaving the Royal Air Force David played with bands in London and the Midlands. These included The Rigid Containers Group Band, The William Davis Construction Group Band, First City Brass and, more recently, Redbridge Brass.
“ I consider it a great honour and privilege to be appointed as Musical Director of the Tilbury Band. I have been made to feel most welcome. I sense a real desire from within the band to enjoy their music making and to progress together as a team. That’s a great ethos upon which to look to the future”.
Steve Johnston (Tilbury Brass & Percussion Academy)
Gregory White (Bandmaster/Deputy MD)
Greg studied music at the Colchester Institute Centre for Music and Performing Arts where he was tutored in tenor trombone with Helen Vollam, piano with Francis Reneau and voice with Tarsha Cole. He became interested in conducting and studied under Christopher Phelps (himself a student of Herbert Von Karajan). Greg conducted both the Brass Band and Symphonic Wind Orchestra whilst at Colchester, working for two years as Student Leader of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
Leaving music college, Greg undertook teacher training at the Institute of Education, University of London. He kept his hand in working as a freelance teacher and conductor for Thurrock Music Services, conducting and organising their own Concert Band and Brass Ensembles as well as working as an Instructor and relief Conductor for the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps. Greg is now Director of Music at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School and is Musical Director of Thurrock Spectrum Brass and the Essex Yeomanry Band.