Lancashire born, Joshua Hughes began his musical career at the tender age of 10. His first ever band was Tottington Public Band where he started playing 3rd Cornet and over time worked his way up to the repiano seat.
Over the years Josh has played with bands such as Haslingden and Helmshore and the world-famous Besses O’th Barn Band. In June 2012 Josh left Besses and moved to Coventry to study at university, this is where he established his conducting profession.
Whilst studying in Coventry, Josh was appointed musical director of the Coventry Festival Band, his first full-time conducting position. During his time with the band, he reintroduced them to the contesting scene after a 50-year absence and together with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, the band performed a successful stage version of the popular brass band film “Brassed Off!”
Following his move back to the North in 2014, Josh spent several months back at Besses as the associate musical director and soprano cornet player. In June 2014, Josh took the Boarshurst Silver Band, as their guest conductor, to the Saddleworth Whit Friday march contests where they won several prizes. In July 2014, Josh was appointed musical director of Sale Brass Band, under his leadership the band won the Butlins Mineworkers Championships 4th Section and achieved another podium finish at Rochdale Contest, as well as collecting several prizes on Whit Friday.
In April 2015 Josh was appointed the musical director of the City of Chester Brass Band. Having only spent 6 months with the band, as he had to relocate to Chorley, City of Chester where placed 3rd in the 2nd section at Rochdale Contest 2015 a considerable improvement from the 15th place at the North-West area just a few months before he arrived.
After moving back from Cheshire to Lancashire, Josh was appointed the full time Musical Director of BMP (Europe) Ltd Goodshaw band in January 2016. Whilst working with Goodshaw the band had numerous successes at contests such as First place at Brass at the Guild in Preston, including getting the best MD award, runners up at Butlins Mineworkers contest and several First and Second places at the Whit Friday marches, just to name a few. In September 2017 Goodshaw band celebrated their 150th Anniversary, this included recording a CD ten years after their previous CD was released and also organised a joint concert with the Rossendale Male Voice choir. Despite having a successful time at Goodshaw band, with having a young family and busy work schedule, Josh felt it was time to move on to another successful band based closer to home.