Musical Director - David Holling

Dave began his musical journey at the age of 7 playing with the training band at Dinnington Colliery. His father was a member of the senior band for many years and his brothers and many members of his extended family also played brass instruments. In 1980 Dave's father resurrected the defunct Thurcroft Welfare Band and Dave became the Solo Euphonium player at only 8 years old; a position he held until moving to Huddersfield in 1991 to study music.

Dave studied a bachelor degree with honours under the tutelage of Geoff Whitham, Philip McCann and Roy Newsome, leaving in 1994 with a Class 1 honours degree and Pursuing a PGCE in Secondary Education. Whilst at University he was the Principal Baritone player with the Sellers Engineering Band and the University Brass Band. On obtaining his PGCE Dave moved to Burton-on-Trent to take over from Steven Mead at de Ferrers High School. The job was classroom teacher with responsibility for the brass band. In his first year of teaching Dave led the band to achieve the Outstanding Performance Award in the National Festival of Music for Youth at the Royal Festival Hall. This resulted in an appearance at the Schools Prom in the Royal Albert Hall in the same year.

For two years at this point Dave was Principal Baritone with the Desford Colliery Band and the conductor of the Snibston & Desford Band before moving to a Head of Department job in Derbyshire.

Dave then became the Principal Baritone with Rhodian Brass until the band dissolved in 1999. However, at this point Dave's musical interests had moved towards jazz and big band. Dave plays jazz piano, bass and drums to a good standard and decided to form an exclusive youth organisation that would perform big band music to the highest standard. In 2004 the Peak District Jazz Orchestra were too awarded the Outstanding Performance in the National Festival of Music for Youth resulting in a further performance at the Royal Albert Hall with a TV appearance on the South Bank Show. Intermittently, Dave played Principal Baritone with the Asda Stocksbridge Band.

In recent years Dave has returned to his passion for brass banding. In 2009 Dave was invited to conduct the Stocksbridge Band at the Spring Festival. The band had been on the verge of disbandment but over the following 2 years they built an excellent band, resulting in a win at Butlins in the First Section in 2011. Also, in 2010 he was invited to conduct Silk Brass on its debut First Section performance at the regionals, achieving second place an invitation to the National Finals and immediate promotion to the Championship Section 2012.

Dave's work with Silk and Strata over the past 3 years he is extremely proud of. Both bands have achieved tremendous success in both the entertainment and test piece contests. Most recently, having left Silk due to the birth of his twins with his wife, Mandy, he accepted the post of MD with the Dronfield Genquip Band which is much closer to home. Dronfield are currently Whiston ‘Festival of Brass’ Champions under his direction. He has however, very recently relinquished my conducting duties to spend a little more time at home and allow Mandy and himself to play in the same band.

As a self-employed musician Dave teaches brass, woodwind, piano and many other instrumental categories. Dave composes and arranges music in addition to running a sound recording company. Dave's piece 'Phoenix' was selected as the set test for second section bands at Butlins this year.