Morecambe Band MD: Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson first became involved with music particularly Brass Banding at the age of 7 years whilst a member of the Salvation Army in Blackpool. He eventually became a euphonium player and was a renowned soloist at many Salvation Army events. Steve was also the solo euphonium for many bands including Longridge and Morecambe Bands.
His conducting career commenced a number of years ago after attending and completing a course for musicians studying conducting, composition and performance arts. During his long career Steve has been asked to conduct many local brass bands in the North West area and continues to be in demand for his commitment and dedication to many musical groups including choirs and windbands – even one in Tenerife.
Morecambe Bay Brass MD: Timothy Weed BMus, MA
Tim was born in Forres, Scotland and moved to Canada in 2000. He was educated at Dalhousie University where he studied Trumpet Performance (Classical) under Jeff Stern. Tim studied under Neil Yates at Leeds College of Music, graduating with a Master of Arts in Trumpet Performance (Jazz).
While living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tim played in a variety of bands, notably The National Youth Band of Canada, playing principal trumpet with Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble. He also performed with Scotia Brass and had his first experience in brass banding with Chester Brass Band.
Tim returned to the UK in 2012, and prior to starting his Masters at Leeds, he joined Morecambe Brass Band. After Leeds, Tim returned to Morecambe Brass Band and also became an instructor with Morecambe Brass Band Academy. In 2015 Tim became conductor of the Morecambe Brass Band Academy Ensemble.
In September 2015, Tim stepped in to conduct Morecambe Bay Brass and in October was appointed Musical Director
As a performer, Tim has played in many forms of bands from brass quintets and large brass ensembles to orchestras, and small jazz groups and big bands. Tim is also an avid composer in both the classical and jazz fields. His piece “Americana” for Trumpet and Piano was premiered in 2011, and his five movement suite “Seabreeze” for jazz septet was premiered in 2014.