The Band


Introducing The Band
OUR PLAYERS
Woodwind Section
Flutes
Principal Flute - Buffy Robinson
1st Flute - Melanie Biggs,  Jo Thayer,  Jo Lea
2nd Flute - Liam Hagan, Margaret Sutcliffe,  Fiona & Alex Theobald, Sam Davies
2nd Flute & Piccolo - Lindsey Foster
Oboe
1st Oboe  - Laura Morris
2nd Oboe  - 
Bassoon
1st Bassoon - Emma Colman

Clarinets
Principal Clarinet - Katie Simpson
1st Clarinet - Sheila Stockton, Hannah Mumford
2nd Clarinet - Arthur Shapcott,  Miranda Bailey,  Rhiannon Walters,
3rd Clarinet - Janet Haighton, Bob Hutton,
                      Marie Lawrenson,  Matthew Theobald
Bass Clarinet - Sally Tooze

Saxophones
1st Alto Saxophone  -  Nick Thayer
2nd Alto Saxophone -  Clive Meadows
                                     Tony Burns
1st Tenor Saxophone - Douglas Bowyer-Bates
2nd Tenor Saxophone  -
Baritone Saxophone - 

Brass Section
French Horn
Horn 1  -  Mike Caveney
Horn 2  - 

Cornet/Trumpets
Principal Cornet - John Harrison
1st Cornet  -  Lloyd Owen, Oliver Brentville
2nd Cornet - Brian Birchall

Trombones
1st Trombone - Ernie Broughton
2nd Trombone - Alan Warburton
3rd/Bass Trombone  - John Burton
Euphonium
Euphonium - Diana Boyles 
Tuba
Eb Bass - Dave Graham

Rhythm Section
Drum Kit - 

For more information email Musical Director, Nick Birch or ring him on 07794 369985

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P L A Y E R   P R O F I L E S
Learn more about our players and their individual musical journeys


Training Band Flute - Sam Davies
(In October 2017, Sam moved up to the main Band on 2nd Flute - well done Sam!)

Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A.   January 2017

Q. What instrument do you play in the Band?
A.   Flute.  I've had lessons for 2 years and take my Grade 3 in June.

Q. What other bands are/have you been involved with?
A.  None.  This is my first and I love it!

Q. How did you start playing music?
A. I learnt to read music at primary school and played recorder there.  At secondary school my best friend started having flute lessons and I was fascinated - all those shiny keys!  Sadly my parents could not afford the lessons.

Q. Do you play any other instruments?
A. Recorder, which I played until age 14, having reached Grade3 when I gave up - it was so uncool!

Q. Favourite Training Band piece?
A.  Everything is Awesome!

Q. What music do you enjoy listening to?
A.  My favourite artist at the moment is Ed Sheeran

Q. What are your other interests?
A.  Reading, dog-walking, my family

Q. Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?
A. About 3 years ago I was asked by my son's Primary School to help with their Christmas performance, accompanying a group of recorder players.  I got chatting to one of the teachers who had recently taken up the flute. When I got home, I told my husband how it had been a childhood dream to play the flute.  On Christmas morning he handed me a gift - it was a flute - best present EVER!

Q. What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?
A.  Meeting lovely new people and playing together!



 Emma Coleman - Bassoon



Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A. February 2014 

Q. What is your main instrument?
A. Bassoon


Q. What position do you play in the Band?
A. 1st Solo Bassoon


   
Q.  Do you play any other instruments?
A. Descant, treble and bass recorder, oboe, clarinet and alto sax. 



Q.  What other bands are/have you been involved with?
A. Crewe Concert Band, Scarborough Symphony Orchestra, Kobe Symphony Orchestra (Japan), Burnham Concert Band

Q.  How did you start playing music?
A. I learned recorder at primary school.  When I started at secondary school I saw a picture of a bassoon on the wall and decided that that was what I wanted to play.  The music teacher allowed me to borrow an oboe until they could source a bassoon for me to learn on.

Q.  What are your musical goals?
A. To have fun, enjoy making music and continue learning.  May be play a solo?!!


Q.  Favourite band pieces?
A.  Dambusters March and anything by Holst or Percy Grainger

Q.  What music do you enjoy listening to?
A. I'm a Radio 2 listener so just about anything!  I like classical, pop, rock and roll, 50s music, swing, trad jazz and country and western and big band


Q.  What are your other interests?
A. I do embroidery and other handicrafts.  I like cycling, walking and camping


Q.  Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?
A.  I bikejor with my terrier, Treacle.  This involves fastening my dog to the front of my bike on a special line and encouraging her to pull.  I try and keep up.  We can do 16 mph for short distances - although the jury is out as to who gets tired first!  And we race with other like minded idiots!  Sadly we are unlikely to win as they seem to fasten huskies, collies, pointers and other large dogs to the front of their bikes, but we have a great time! 

Q.  What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?
A. The people in it and the exciting way the band is moving forward and learning new music with Nick.


Miranda Hill - 2nd Clarinet
Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A.  October 2013

Q. What is your main instrument?
A.   Clarinet

Q. What position do you play in the Band?
A.   2nd Clarinet

Q.  Do you play any other instruments?
A. Flute

Q.  What other bands are/have you been involved with?
A.  University of Manchester Choir & Orchestra Society

Q.  How did you start playing music?
A. My auntie bought me a recorder and a book about how to play it.  I learned music at an Early Learning Centre when I was very young and taught myself to play from the book.   Neither of my parents play.
Q.  What are your musical goals?
A. To pass my Grade 5 theory and Grade 6 Clarinet and get better on my flute.

Q.  Favourite band pieces?
A. Hymn For Band & the marches, New Colonial & Barnard Castle

Q.  What music do you enjoy listening to?
A.  Classical when I'm driving, R&B to dance to

Q.  What are your other interests?
A.  Walking, especially on the nearby Sandstone Trail.  Playing in a Clarinet Quartet
Q.  Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?
A.  Not really, I'm too talkative to keep much back!
Q.  What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?

A. The people I have met - true friends.

Principal Flute - Buffy Robinson


Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A.   I joined in 2005

Q. What instrument do you play in the Band?
A.   1st solo Flute

Q. What other bands are/have you been involved with?

A.  Until 2016 I played with the Alsager U3A Orchestra but gave it up to concentrate on my playing for NCB

Q. How did you start playing music?
A. I learnt to read music at primary school and played recorder there.  At secondary school I was given a cello to play but we never really hit it off - I am by nature a top line player!  For a few years in my 30s I played the clarinet but finally, I took up the flute when I was 52 - and I've never looked back - I LOVE it - wish I'd done it in the first place! 

Q. Do you play any other instruments?
A. I recently bought a piccolo, which I play in the Training Band.
Q. Favourite band piece?

A.  Difficult question as we have a lot of new fun pieces in the Band repertoire but a lot of my favourite pieces like Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera all unsurprisingly seem to include flute solos. The flutes so often get the best tunes!  I also enjoy playing traditional marches like New Colonial and King Cotton.
Q. What music do you enjoy listening to?

A.  All sorts.  Classical, I like Baroque best.  Contemporary, I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan.  I  also like jazzy rock and blues.

Q. What are your other interests?
A.  My day job is as a Batik artist, so I'm always creating.  I love my family and my garden.  I am also for my sins, Band Librarian and Website Editor.

Q. Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?
A.  Daughter of a bishop, I come from a musical family.  My 1st cousin, on my mother's side, was MD of the Royal marines Band (plays euphonium & cello) and conducted at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.  My cousin, on my father's side, is 1st clarinet in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  My brother is a violin maker and plays one of his own violas in the Leeds Baroque Orchestra.  I have otosclerosis and am completely deaf in one ear and wear a hearing aid in the other - but luckily it hasn't affected my pitch or enjoyment of music.

Q. What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?
A.  You can't beat the buzz you get when you are all playing together and it is sounding good and I've made some great friends!


Piccolo - Lindsey Foster 


Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A.  Around 1990 - in fact, I think I am the longest serving current member of the Band, which is quite a sobering thought.

Q. What is your main instrument?

A.   Piccolo

Q. What position do you play in the Band?

A.   Piccolo & 2nd Flute

Q.  Do you play any other instruments?

A. No

Q.  What other bands are/have you been involved with?
A.  Brine Leas School Orchestra,  Malbank School Windband,  University of Central Lancashire Windband & Crewe West End Concert Band

Q.  How did you start playing music?

A. I taught myself the flute watching Jungle Book, after having recorder lessons at school!

Q.  What are your musical goals?

A. Not to make too many mistakes!

Q.  Favourite band pieces?

A.  Les Miserables, Burnish Gold & Army Blue, Stevie Wonder & Benny Goodman

Q.  What music do you enjoy listening to?

A.  Indie & Pop

Q.  What are your other interests?

A.  Crewe Alexandra Football Club and eating out.

Q.  Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?

A.  I played for Nantwich Band on the morning of my wedding - there's dedication for you!

Q.  What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?

A. Playing alongside my dad Arthur (2nd clarinet), also, hearing a piece of music go from 'unplayable' right through to 'concert standard'.



 John Harrison - Principal Trumpet


Q. When did you join Nantwich Concert Band?
A.  10th June 2015

Q. What is your main instrument?
A.   Trumpet

Q. What position do you play in the Band?

A.   1st/Solo Trumpet

Q.  Do you play any other instruments?

A. At college I started teaching myself classical guitar and continued after leaving college. I lost interest in brass playing during my first year of teaching despite being in West Yorkshire, the heart of brass banding! I never did any exams in brass playing but achieved a distinction at Grade 6 in classical guitar. Oh, and I also play the treble recorder which is a beautiful sounding instrument. My wife prefers this to my trumpet! 

Q.  What other bands are/have you been involved with?
A.  Aged 18, I learned to play the euphonium with ICI Alkali Brass Band, Winnington. 
      
1963-66  2nd Euphonium with York Railway Institute Brass Band.

1970-72  Solo Euphonium with Bronze Social Club Brass Band, Wallasey.(This was a dreadful band!  Just before band practice, you would get a pint &  put it under your chair. Whenever you had a few bars rest you’d take a few sups! One player once remarked: “This band even plays with a scouse accent!)

1973?-80?  2nd then later Solo Euphonium with Crewe Co-op Brass Band.

 1997-98  3rd Trumpet with The Skyliners Swing (no, not ‘swingers’!) Band, Bahrain.
        
2007- ?    2nd Trumpet with Crewe Concert Band

2008 – 2015  2nd Trumpet with South Cheshire Orchestra

2009 – 2010  1st Cornet with Rode Hall Brass Band
2010 – 2012  2nd Cornet with Silk Brass

I have ‘depped’ with various bands and orchestras eg. Macclesfield Light Orchestra,  Kems Orchestra & Band. I recently played in the pit orchestra for the show Mame in  Stoke.

Q.  How did you start playing music?
A. My biggest regret is, as a child, not continuing with piano lessons. At the time I preferred to be out playing with my mates. But later in life I would often tell my mum that I wish she had made me stick at it.  I learned to play descant recorder in the lunchtime at grammar school. I took GCE ‘O’ Level Music which was purely theory (you didn’t have to play an instrument) but it gave me a useful grounding for later musical activities.  

Q.  Favourite band pieces?
A.  In the current NCB repertoire I like playing the marches especially On The Quarter Deck and Colonel Bogey. 

Q.  What music do you enjoy listening to?

A. I have fairly eclectic musical tastes including blues, soul, funk etc. but I will always return to the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.  Composers I like include Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Mahler, Bruckner and  Richard Strauss. My favourite work would be Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor.   

Q.  What are your other interests?

A.  I’m a bird watcher and a volunteer with the RSPB.  
I enjoy walking, usually in The Peak District.  
I love going to live music events in Manchester at The Bridgewater Hall, the RNCM & Matt & Phreds where I joined in a Soul Jam night on trumpet. 

Q.  Is there anything unusual about you we might not know?

A.  Oh dear!  OK, I fell off the stage while playing Solo Euph with Crewe Co-op!  Some people remember me for that rather than for my playing!

Q.  What is the best thing about playing in the Nantwich Concert Band?
A. Playing alongside woodwind instruments which obviously you don’t experience in a brass band. 

PS  Over the years there have been lots of gaps in my brass playing in favour of the guitar.  But it was Wyn Barnet who got me playing again. 
When, in 1998, I returned to England after living and working in the Middle East, my trumpet, which I’d only recently bought in Hong Kong, was consigned to the loft. 
In 2007 he encouraged me to get it down and to join the West End Band as it was known then.  It was a great thing you did, Wyn. Others may disagree after hearing me play!! 

 




 




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