Nick Stokes – Bass Trombone
Nick’s musical career began at a very young age, when he was handed an old RAF Militia Band cornet at Welbeck Estates band. Having learnt the basics on cornet, he then tried out other instruments, spending time on tenor horn, flugel and baritone, before finding himself in his natural home on the trombone line. He spent some years here, before eventually moving to Creswell Colliery Band.
He was unexpectedly offered, and accepted, the bass trombone chair at Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band, despite being unable to read bass clef. However, after a couple of months with a bass clef Tune a Day book under his chair, Nick found he was in his element and had found his perfect instrumental fit. A move to Chapeltown Silver Prize Band followed, before another move for a long spell with Stocksbridge Band.
Some years later, having had to step down from the band due to work commitments, Nick quickly found himself press-ganged by Shirebrook to return to his old chair. After six successful years with the band the travel combined with a young family meant he needed to seek a band closer to home, and Nick was delighted to join Strata Brass in spring 2018.
Outside brass bands Nick has played with, amongst others, the Keith Peters Big Band, the Colin Yates Big Band, Hallam Sinfonia, Sheffield Rep Orchestra, Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Bones North Trombone Choir and various small ensembles. He is a strong believer that the more types and styles of music you experience, the better a musician it makes you.
Favourite pieces: Symphony 4 (Bruckner), Symphony 11 (Shostakovich), Take Five (Brubeck), Blitz (Bourgeois), Born Free (arr Catherall)