Current member of the trombone section in two stints from 1997.

Brighouse and Rastrick

Member of the trombone section.


Bmus from The University of Huddersfield, majoring in Performance.

Richard Windle


Directed a Youth Drama production in front of a sell out crowd at the National Theatre.


Awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers.

Performance experience

Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Paris Conservatoire. Japan, Australia and USA.

Richard Windle was born in Chesterfield and started playing the trombone at the age of 11 with the Ireland Colliery Band. He stayed with them until he went to Huddersfield University to study music in 1993. He joined Grimethorpe Colliery Band at 21 and remained there until 2006. He has also performed in numeous professional Orchestras and Big Bands, including the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Northern Jazz Orchestra.

He became a Music teacher in 1998 and has worked at Wilmslow High School and Hatfield High School, which is now Ash Hill Academy. During this time he has been Head of Music, Head of Performing Arts and Assistant Headteacher. He took a break from playing in 2006 to become a father to two beautiful future musicians. He returned to playing with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band before joining Brighouse and Rastrick. He returned to Grimethorpe in January 2014 and is enjoying immensely his second spell with the band.

Highlights of his career so far have been performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 and in front of 50,000 people in Hyde Park as part of the Last Night of the Proms. He has also enjoyed touring throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA. He has led masterclasses with the British Trombone Society and was part of the ensemble in residence at the Royal College of Music and Paris Conservatoire. 

He has performed with numerous trombone players including two of the greats, Mark Nightingale and Don Lusher. His professional goal was achieved when in 2005 he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in front of a sell out audience.

​Enjoyment through Achievement