Wesley has nearly 50 years’ experience as a euphonium player, playing mostly with the 1st Old Boys’ Band. He has played in many championship section contests in Northern Ireland, 7 European Championships, 2 Grand Shields, 7 All England International Masters’ and the Scottish Championships. In his early playing years, he had many successes as a soloist in music festivals and solo contests, including winning the Brass Band League solo championships. He has also won the best instrumentalist award at the North of Ireland Bands Association Championships.
He retired from regular brass band playing in 2015 and has since been made a vice-president of 1st Old Boys’ Band. He is currently enjoying playing euphonium with the Northern Ireland Concert
Wesley has been involved in teaching brass instruments for nearly 40 years, mostly on a part-time basis. Since retiring from local government in 2010, he has been in much demand as a brass tutor, and is currently teaching in Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, Bangor Grammar School, Grosvenor Grammar School, Wellington College Belfast, and the City of Belfast School of Music.
Wesley is a member of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. In addition to attending a number of conducting workshops delivered by Peter Bassano, Lt. Col. Chris Davies, Mike Fowles and Ian Porthouse, he has attended short courses on brass band conducting with Allan Withington, in the Netherlands, and Russell Gray, in Scotland.
Wesley has conducted a number of brass bands but has had most success with Comber Silver Band, where he has been conductor since 2010. In that time the Band has grown in membership, and has had considerable success in 3rd section contests. In addition, he works with a number of school brass bands and ensembles.
Wesley is now also the conductor of the 1st Old Boys Youth Band.
Tribute to the late Bart Walker posted on our Memoriam page
Calendar events added
Monday 02/12/2019 - 7pm - Thriving Life Church, Newtownards
Sunday 08/12/2019 - 12-2pm - Folk Museum, Cultra
Saturday 14/12/2019 - 10.30am-12pm - Supervalu, Comber
Sunday 15/12/2019 - 3.30pm - Ballyhemlin church
Tuesday 17/12/2019 - 9-10pm - Percy French Society dinner - Culloden Hotel
Friday 20/12/2019 - 6.30-8pm - Supervalu, Comber
Friday 20/12/2019 - 6.30-9pm - Ards Shopping Centre
Saturday 21/12/2019 - 10.30am-12pm - Supervalu, Comber