Kevin Holbrough

Musician Trombonist Brass Educator Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music Michael Rath Artist

Kevin Holbrough is a UK based trombonist, Michael Rath Trombone artist, composer and educator. He began his playing career at the age of thirteen performing in many of the well known Colliery Brass Bands of Yorkshire, playing throughout the UK. In 1994 he began studying Jazz and Classical Music at Leeds College Of Music, where he studied both Trombone and Piano with Multi Instrumentalist Al Wood former BBC Radio Orchestra and Halle Orchestra Bass Trombonist Neville Roberts. Upon graduation in 1997 Kevin spent three years working in show bands of American Cruise Liners, based in Miami- P&O Princess and Holland America Line. Within this time he completed contracts in over 40 countries. After completing such contracts he then went on to spend a further two years in Europe touring extensively with the West End Show “The Official Tribute To The Blues Brothers” and Broadway Musical “42nd Street”. After completing European tours Kevin returned to Leeds to pursue a freelance career and further work in music education. Alongside a busy performing schedule Kevin currently lectures in Jazz Trombone at Leeds College Of Music and as a visiting Trombone tutor for Hull University. With an ever expanding discography, Kevin has performed with many highly reputable pop artistes, singers, bands and jazz artists throughout the UK and Europe at major venues, clubs and many Jazz festivals, including Glastonbury, London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall. These have included UK tour dates with Indie band Embrace, The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating, PP Arnold, Englebert Humperdinck,Tony Hadley,Joe Longthorne, Peter Grant, Martha Reeves, Martin Fry and ABC. Other performing credits include West End tours of The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas,Hairspray with Michael Ball, Legally Blonde, Christmas Carol,The End of the rainbow (Judy Garland Story). Alongside commercial work Kevin is a passionate jazz trombonist and performed at all the major UK Jazz festivals with his own quartet, quintet and many big names on the scene. These include Dennis Rollins’ Boneyard, NYJO, La Gran Descarga, Andy Prior Big Band and he is currently a member of the innovative “Jamil Sheriff” Octet where he is featured on both of the bands highly praised albums, “Daydreams” and their latest release “Backchat” and lead trombone in both The Jamil Sheriff Big Band and Steve Parry's Big Band From Hell! Festival work has also included performances with jazz artistes such as Gordon Goodwin, Eric Marienthal, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Joe LaBarbera, James Morrison,Julian Joseph, Rob McConnell, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. Kevin has experience of studio work having recorded for many jingles, session work with Joe Longthorne, Andy Prior Big Band and most recently the hit CBeebies programme "Rastamouse"! Kevin plays on Michael Rath R10 Trombone and Michael Rath Mouthpieces.

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