Our Musical Director

Nigel Cooper


Nigel began his association with brass banding at the age of 11 in the Salvation Army where he learned to play the Euphonium in the YP Band at Blackpool Citadel. Various moves around the country saw him playing principle Euphonium in the Salvation Army Bands at Maidenhead, Wood Green and eventually Chelmsford Citadel where he was also appointed deputy bandmaster and where his interest in conducting really took off. His playing has taken him around the country and abroad as both a member of a band or as a soloist and has allowed him to play under the baton of some of the great Salvation Army conductors and composers including Ray Steadman-Allen, Ray Bowes and Norman Bearcroft.  

Having left the Salvation Army in 2010 he returned to brass banding playing Euphonium with Thundersley Brass Band competing at both regional and national brass band competitions and having the privilege to play under the musical direction of some of our most successful conductors including Jeremy Wise and Nigel Taken. 

His interest in conducting led him to accept an invitation to audition for the Musical Director role for the Essex Police Band and he was appointed Musical Director in May 2012. Having spent 4 fantastic years with the Essex Police Band performing concerts across the country, he was invited to audition for the Musical Director role with the East of England Co-op Band (Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Band at the time) where he is now thoroughly enjoying the challenge of competition banding again and working with this brilliant group of musicians. 

Outside of brass banding, Nigel lives and works in Essex and is married with two children who are both at university and he plays trombone with the Real Swing Band and the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra whenever his diary will allow.