Mike Kilroy

Mike KilroyMike Kilroy started his musical career when he began playing the tenor horn with Delph Band aged 8 progressing to Solo Euphonium five years later. Aged fifteen he joined the legendary CWS Manchester Band led by the great conductor and teacher Alex Mortimer. During his playing career he has been principal euphonium of Wingates, Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Leyland Daf, Fairey Band, Grimethorpe Coliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Desford Coliery and YBS.

He has appeared with many of the country's top bands and has featured as a soloist at Gala Concerts and festivals across the world. In 1999 he was the first ever non-Kiwi to be awarded the "Outstanding Instrumentalist" at The New Zealand National Brass Band Festival.

Mike has conducted several brass bands in Great Britain and abroad and has adjudcated numerous competitions in Europe and the UK including the Danish Nationals, Swiss Solo Championships, Brass in Concert, National Championships of Great Britain, British Open Spring Festival, every Regional qualifying area competition and many more.

Mike is the Chairman of Brass Bands England and aspires to continue making a positive contribution to the Brass Band Community which has played such an important part of his life. This role presents the opportunity to support and develop the sector whilst promoting the benefits of, and encouraging the participation in this unique pastime, Brass Banding.

In his commercial life Mike is Managing Director of a successful Business strategy development and leadership training company and also Managing Director of a specialist lighting manufacturing business. Both companies are based in Yorkshire. Mike credits his success in business to the fantastic transferrable skills gained whilst participating in Brass Banding.