Introducing our Musical Director: Lindon Bolt
Lindon originally began in music as a string player, starting to play the violin from the age of 7. His parents moved to Maybole in South Ayrshire, Scotland where the local school had a brass band (Carrick Academy).
Disinterested with strings, Lindon took it upon himself to enquire about learning to play a brass instrument and at the age of 11, began lessons with John Boax. The school band also formed a large percentage of the very successful Carrick Youth Band, which produced many top class players; many of whom were fed into the local championship section band, Dunaskin Doon; all conducted by John Boax.
Lindon soon found himself sitting on Tuba and was regularly attending rehearsals and playing/competing with Dunaskin band. He then moved to Glasgow to study Music Technology and joined Barrhead Band where, in 1999, they represented Scotland at the national finals in Nottingham. The very next day he moved to Sheffield to start a new job and later joined the Stannington band where he met his eventual wife to be (who was, at that time, the band’s very talented solo horn player).
Lindon was principal EEb player for 11 years; 2 of which were spent in the Championship Section under the baton of the well respected Derek Renshaw. During this time he helped the band progress from the 2nd section to compete with the banding elite, picking up many trophies along the way.
In 2010 Lindon stepped down from playing to allow his wife to continue to play with the band she grew up in, Old Silkstone; as the imminent arrival of their second child meant it was no longer practical for both to attend rehearsals on the same nights.
Fortunately, the conductor’s position at their local Deepcar band became available and he decided to take on the challenge. Lindon had 5 great years conducting Deepcar band. helping to build them into a band with a reputation for putting on enjoyable concerts and developing them into a team capable of ‘taking home the silver’ in competition.
In 2016 Lindon was appointed Musical Director of the Dinnington Colliery Band, taking over from Jonathan Beatty and hopes to have many successful and enjoyable years directing them!
Meet the Band
First Baritone Kay Brookes Second Baritone Hannah Tingle Solo Euphonium Jess Marshall Second Euphonium Jack Aitken Solo Trombone Jamie Hollings Second Trombone Glyn Lefley Bass Trombone Malcolm Briggs Eb Bass Joanne Brookes-Wright Ethan Gurnhill Bb Bass Steve Sweeting George Read Percussion Joan Herdman Anthony Owers