Mick Graham

BBb Bass

Mick learnt to play the cornet at Loughborough Band at the age of 9 and played in his first contest at the age of 11 in the senior band. When aged 16 he had moved onto Baritone and the band won the National Finals Second Section, in 1976, gaining promotion to the Championship Section at the same time. 2 years later he moved onto BBb Bass and in 1981 the band qualified for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall and gained a highly creditable 7th place competing against the likes of Black Dyke Mills, Brighouse & Rastrick and (beating) Grimethorpe Colliery.

 

Mick was also a member of the highly successful Loughborough Youth Band, competing in the finals of the Butlins Youth Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall 4 times and winning them in 1978.

 

Mick moved to Carlton Brass in Nottingham in 1986, which became Nottingham City Transport Band in 1988 after gaining sponsorship. He enjoyed regular success with the band, helping them to gain promotion to the Championship Section and making 2 further appearances at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Mick joined Blidworth in 2013 and has had further success, playing at the National Finals First Section, 3 times and helping them gain promotion to the Championship Section, becoming an established band in the Midlands Area.

Favourite Test Piece: Blitz (Derek Bourgeois) 1981 National Finals... and anything by Berlioz