General Manager and Musical Director
Jef took over the directorship of the band from his father, Roy Sparkes, in 1999 and has driven the musical and organisational quality of the group continuously.
Having spent most of Jef’s tenure in the Championship Section, there have been a few stand out memories for the band:
- Gaining a third place in the North West area contest in 2014 on Kenneth Downie’s St Magnus.
- The Brass Music Festival in Austria 2018 was a brilliant tour and one that we look forward to taking part in again, very soon.
- Taking part in the professional production of Brassed Off at the New Vic Theatre, with over 22 sold-out shows in 2019, the show was seen by over 6,500 people!