Darren Lea, Development Manager
Darren works to develop links between WMG and various arts and educational organisations in order to open up learning opportunities for youngsters of all ages.
He began brass and percussion lessons at school at the age of 7, and is from a brass banding family. Darren’s dad conducted the then Rolls Royce band (now Jaguar Land Rover), which was how Darren got involved – he enjoyed several years as a soprano cornet in the band before becoming principal cornet.
Darren has felt privileged to be able to play with a number of brass groups and bands throughout the UK, as well as playing with friends at the Brass Band of Central Florida in the USA on a number of occasions (including playing top man for the NABBA contest I Cincinnati in 2013). He was asked to help them on their last UK tour where they competed at the Brass in Concert championships.
Darren supports the charity Brass Bands England which enables him to connect with and assist bands all over the country. A particular focus is helping organisations establish youth and community groups to introduce the next generation of musicians into the brass band movement.
When not playing in a band or working, Darren spends a lot of time acting as ‘Dad’s taxi’ for his three children. He is also a long-suffering Coventry City FC supporter.
If you were an instrument, what would you be and why?
“I would be a Flugelhorn – as I can collaborate between organisations as well as still being an individual. A Flugel can link the cornet and horn sections of a brass band whilst still playing the great individual melodies and tunes.”