Contact Us

The best way to get in touch with us is to use the contact form that way we can ensure your query goes to the right person. The band is staffed by volunteers, so we might not be able to get back to you straight away, but we'll normally reply within 24 hours.

Alternatively if you would prefer to speak to a person then please contact Matthew on 07506 732524.


Musical Director - Lee Whitworth PG Dip LLCM ATCL

Lee Whitworth

Lee has always enjoyed music from an early age, all the way through junior school to the present day. He started to play the bugle with the Church Lads and Church Girls brigade when he was only 9 years old, and after two years he was recommended to apply to join the Brigades Battalion Band where he enjoyed much contest success over the next few years. Lee then joined AS Crusaders Band, where he played lead Trumpet for competing in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall. As well as this Lee played trumpet for his School Band and also county wind Band.

Joining the Army at the age of 16, he studied Theory, Aural, Cornet and Military musicianship at the Army Junior School of Music, (AJSM) Bovington. After leaving the AJSM in 1991 Lee continued his musical training at The Royal Military School of music, Kneller Hall, where he continued on from the studies at AJSM and also studied Arranging, History and Harmony. Lee has served with The Band of The 1st Battalion the Kings regiment, The King’s Division Waterloo Band and most recently with The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band at Catterick, prior to him retiring in 2015. During his time in the Army Lee has learnt how to play various other instruments, these include the Clarinet, Saxophone and a little percussion. Lee has travelled the world, to places such as, Bosnia, Canada, Cyprus, Demark, Europe, Egypt, Falklands Islands, Las Vegas, Northern Island and sailed the Mediterranean with HMS York.

Lee’s conducting career started with the Bedale Brass Band and he as also conducted Boldon Colliery, Northallerton Silver, The Ripon City Band and The Royal Air Force Volunteer Band in Cyprus. Lee completed an LLCM in Conducting in 2011 and has been fortunate enough to receive support from his own Bandmasters and Directors of Music over the years with his conducting. He has also taken part in workshops under Richard Evans, Ray Farr, Dr Roy Newsome and Philip Wilby. Lee took up the Baton with The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services Band in May 2007.


Deputy Musical Director - Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Brian started playing the trumpet at the age of 13, and soon transferred to playing the cornet when he joined Hall Royd Band of Shipley. He moved to the Haworth Band in the late 1970s and in the mid 1980s became deputy conductor and then conductor.

After a short break in his banding life he moved to the Skipton Band in the early 1990s as a cornet player. He became the conductor of Skipton Band in the late 1990s. Brian has taken part in a number of recordings in his playing career, and made several radio and TV appearances both as a player and conductor.

In October 2005, Brian Anderson was appointed the Deputy Conductor for the WYFRS Band.



Band Chairman - Kevin Fisher MBE

Kevin Fisher

Kevin Fisher is a former Officer of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and joined the band in 1989 following the band's tour of Germany. Initially a tenor horn player, Kevin transferred on to cornet which he now plays in the band.

Joining the Auxiliary Fire Service at Cleckheaton in 1965, Kevin rose through the ranks to be a Station Commander at Mirfield dealing with incidents such as the M62 coach bomb and some 850 incidents a year. He was awarded the MBE in 1997, a rare honour for Fire Service personnel, before retiring from the fire service in 2000.



Treasurer - Andrew Field

Andrew Field

Andrew has been playing tuba since around the age of 12, starting out mainly in local brass bands. He has only ever played music for a hobby, yet throughout his musical career he has played in some of the best UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley, Cardiff International Arena and the Birmingham Symphony hall. Further to this, Andrew’s musical travels have spanned across Europe, playing at international tattoos, and as far afield as the USA – and all whilst carrying a tuba!

Andrew joined the WYFRS band in 2003 and became treasurer in 2005. He plays in most groups that the band has and is delighted to have seen the band grow from strength to strength over the last few years.



Welfare - Lesley Lumb

Lesley Lumb

Lesley is a non playing member of the team, and has been with the band along with her husband Roger for 20 years. She deals with social and welfare matters, generally looking after the needs of band members including First Aid, refreshments, and fund raising. Lesley and Roger are passionate and proud to be part of the WYFRS Band.



Band Manager - Matthew Costello

 

Matthew joined the Management team of the band in around 2011. His wife is a one the band’s clarinet players and having supported her for a number of years, he decided to get involved himself.

He started out with some logistic operations before becoming the band’s secretary and therefore the principal liaison with our valued clients. Matthew is a non playing member which means you’ll often see him in the wings at our engagements beavering away sorting things out and getting a handle on our client requirements.In November 2016 Matthew became the Band Manager following the move of Kevin Fisher MBE to Band Chairman.




Drum Major & Webmaster - Jonathan Carr

Jonathan Carr

Inspired by the local music service in Wakefield, Jonathan first picked up a pair of drum sticks when he was just seven years old. He soon joined the local youth orchestra and concert band. Some twenty years (or so!) later he now plays for several local orchestras, brass bands and choral societies in and around Yorkshire. He joined the WYFRS Band as a tuned percussionist in 2007 and was appointed as Drum Major in September 2011.



Our postal address is:

The Band of The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
c/o Andrew Field, Oakroyd Hall
Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire
BD11 2DY

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