The Band


The Band

Woodwind Section
Flutes
Principal Flute
Piccolo
1st Flute x3
2nd Flute x2

Oboe
1st Oboe

Bassoon
1st Bassoon

Clarinets
Principal Clarinet
1st Clarinet x3
2nd Clarinet x3
3rd Clarinet -x4
Bass Clarinet x3

Saxophones
1st Alto Saxophone x2
2nd Alto Saxophone x3
1st Tenor Saxophone
2nd Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone - We are currently looking for a Bari Sax

Brass Section
French Horn
Horn 1

Cornet/Trumpets
Principal Cornet 
1st Cornet x3
2nd Cornet x3

Trombones
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd/Bass Trombone

Euphonium
Euphonium x2

Tuba
Eb Bass

Rhythm Section
Drum Kit - We are currently looking for a kit player

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


Wind Band - 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.


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 and occasionally, Piccolo

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. Piccolo, which I play in the Wind Band and for some pieces in the Concert 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 which I play on my piccolo.
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, my border collie 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 EDS, which has led to 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!


 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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