Who are the leaders?

Our leadership team is entirely made up of volunteers who have all experienced the joy of banding. All adult leaders have training and a valid DBS check and there is always at least one adult who is first aid qualified.

Bandmaster – Joanna Nelson

Joanna has been in the Band for nearly 30 years. Her main instrument in the Flute but has been know to play the Bass drum when required! As if being Bandmaster isn’t enough Joanna is also the Cub Scout Leader of the 16th Spen Valley cubs based in Cleckheaton.

District Advisor for Bands – Carl Nelson

Carl has been involved with Spen Valley for over 10 years, prior to this Carl played with the Halesowen Scout Band totalling a banding career of nearly 30 years. As well as some other scouting positions within the Spen Valley district Carl is also the Chairman of the Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association (TYMBA).

Joanna and Carl are supported by a team of adult section leaders who actively play in the band and teach band members.

Brass – Helen Sykes

Woodwind – Catherine Schofield

Percussion – Peter Littlewood


The band leadership team are supported by the band executive committee.