Tom teaches Brass at Sandbach Music.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1988, Tom Hancock began playing the Cornet at the age of eight and soon joined the Lions Youth Brass, beginning a 20 year association with the organisation.
After progressing through each level of the lions structure, Tom was appointed Principal Cornet of the Youth Band in 2006, performing solos in concerts and leading the band at many high profile events. It was at this time that Tom was invited to perform with the world famous Foden’s Band on their CD ‘A Patrons Choice’.
On becoming too old to compete at youth level (aged 20!), Tom was engaged as a tutor of the Lions Junior Brass in 2008 and became the band’s Musical Director in 2011. Under his leadership, the juniors have won the Newcastle-under-Lyme Festival under-14 ensemble class on six occasions and consistently places 4th at the National Youth Championships (2015-18) before placing 2nd in 2019.
Tom was a member of the Roberts Bakery Band from 2004 until 2018, enjoying successful overseas tours including as Guest Soloist at the Murtsub Pill Festival in Estonia in 2018. With Roberts he won three North West Area (First Section) titles and was Band Manager for several years. More recently Tom took over the role of Associate Conductor, working closely with Simon Stonehouse and Paul Lovatt-Cooper and occasionally conducting the band in concert.
Following conducting success with Lions Juniors, Tom was approached to become the Musical Director of Audley Brass in 2014. At that time the band had just 14 regular players and were languishing in the Fourth Section, the bottom tier of the brass band system. Less than two years later the band had doubled in membership and achieved promotion to the third section.
Audley Brass continue to develop under Tom’s dedicated and hard-working leadership, delivering entertaining concert performances and achieving contest success including qualifying for the National Championships in 2018.
Tom completed his Masters in 2010 at the University of Manchester where his thesis focused on the changing nature of British Brass Bands and their links to industry and the working class.
Tom is in high demand as a brass tutor, teaching Cornet, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone and Eb/Bb Tuba.
Tom is also a member of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors (NABBC) Executive Committee.