Luke Gilbert began playing the trombone at the age of 6 years old. He followed in his Grandfathers footsteps who was a successful cornet player and who started his own brass band 45 years ago. Luke gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department at the age of 12 studying with David Whitson for 6 years. He then attended the Royal Northern College of Music and following this completed a Post-Graduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Royal Academy of Music studying with the then Principal Bass Trombonist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Bob Hughes.
Luke's performing career has taken him far and wide. He has made recordings for Radio and Film and performed around the World. Past and recent engagements have included working with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English National Ballet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra to name a few and he has worked with artists such as Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins. He has also worked with many Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles.
Luke currently holds Low Brass teaching posts at Clifton College, Dean Close, Prior Park College, Millfield and Bath Spa University. He enjoys teaching a wide range of abilities. Luke trains Brass Groups in most of his Schools and enjoys improving standards. In addition to a performance heavy education Luke also has a PGCE and completed his NQT year in 2008. He likes to use these combined skills to encourage and inspire young people to take up Lower Brass instruments by giving demonstrations. He has also worked with Big Bang Music giving workshops in Schools.
Outside of music Luke loves spending time with his wife and three young children and he also enjoys playing tennis when he can find the time!