Cornet Section

Soprano Cornet

Jon Probert

Jon grew up in Northwich, in Cheshire, and through family began playing the cornet at the age of 9. Initially learning under Steve Yates & Chris Ravenscroft he started playing back row cornet with the Barnton Silver Band. After a few contests and a few more lessons Jon moved to the front row at Mereside Brass (under the direction of Albert Oldfield) at aged 11, also playing with the Bostock Band throughout his high school years.

At the age of 15 Jon started having lessons with the trombonist Brett Baker, moving on to play bumper-up and latterly principal cornet with Crewe Brass (then Normid) under the direction of Jamie Meredith. After completing his A-levels in 2008 he started studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester, and joined the Fairey Band on front row cornet soon after.

After nearly five years with the band, Jon made the move over to the soprano cornet in 2013 and he now enjoys a life of thrills and spills in the seat reserved for those who require a few loose screws.

Principal Cornet

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Solo Cornet

Brian Taylor

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Solo Cornet

Lottie Groves

Originally from Staffordshire, Lottie began playing the cornet at age eleven after showing an interest in the peripatetic instrumental lessons provided by Staffordshire Performing Arts. Taught predominantly by Chris Stringer, Lottie soon developed a keen interest in the cornet and joined Amington Band, based in Tamworth. Lottie quickly progressed through the ranks of the band, gaining the principal cornet seat in 2011, aged sixteen. At this time, Lottie also started playing the trumpet, and was awards the first trumpet seat with Staffordshire Youth Orchestra.

In 2012, Lottie was offered a place to study at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music under the expert tuition of Richard Marshall and Roger Webster. Upon moving to Manchester to commence her studies, Lottie was offered a seat with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band under the direction of Phillip McCann, after they had performed in a joint concert with the Amington Band. Lottie played with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band for a year, before moving to the Rothwell Temperance Band under Dave Roberts, where she enjoyed a further eighteen months of performing. In early 2016, Lottie was given the opportunity to join the Fairey Band and has been a proud member ever since.

In 2017, Lottie graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, and began studying for her PGCE with Specialist Instrumental Tuition.

 

Solo Cornet

Sacheus Pritchard

Sacheus grew up in Llanfairfechan, North Wales and was introduced to the cornet by his grandfather at the age of 8. He started playing with Beulah brass and soon also joined Menai bridge brass band where he played cornet and soprano 3 years. Sacheus then moved to Llanrug silver band under the baton of Paul Hughes (former Principle Cornet at Faireys) where he played both Principle and Soprano cornet for 6 years. He has also played for Beaumaris brass band during his stay at Llanrug and has taken membership of the national youth brass band of wales on both Soprano and Bb cornet.

Sacheus took lessons with Paul Hughes for 7 years whilst in secondary school. He has also received lessons from Keith Jones (former Point of Ayr principle) and Cory Soprano Steve Stewart for extra guidance on the instrument. After finishing his A-levels in 2014 Sacheus started studying Zoology in Bangor University.

Repiano Cornet

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2nd Cornet

Phil Parkinson

Phil started playing the cornet aged 8 after an unsuccessful attempt to learn the violin. Phil initially played with his local youth band Haydock Youth Brass band (now Valley Brass) and later St.Helens Youth Brass Band. Phil progressed to Principal cornet in both youth bands. At aged 13 joined Skelmersdale Prize Band on Principal cornet, later moving to Haydock band. Phil was also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain from 2000 to 2002, sitting on the front row on several occasions and being a mentor and inspiration to some of the younger players such as Tom Hutchinson (Cory) and Phil Cobb (LSO). It was here were he also caught the eye (and ear) of professional conductor Professor Garry Cutt.

From a young age Phil excelled academically, his parents were keen for him to go on to study medicine. However, heart won over mind and, despite the offer of a scholarship to study at medicine at Oxford, he chose to follow his love for music.

At age 17 Phil joined the Army as a professional musician where he spent 5 years with the Band of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Whilst in the Army, Phil joined local outfit Staines Brass Band on Repiano Cornet, helping them to win the London and Southern Counties Area contest

Phil left the army in 2007 to study psychiatry, medicine again was calling, but he couldn’t hang up his mouthpiece just yet; shortly after leaving the Army he played briefly with the now defunct Wire Brass and later joined the world famous Fairey Brass Band and has been a proud member ever since.

2nd Cornet

Gary Parker

Gaz started playing the cornet at Cherry Tree Junior School, Romiley, Stockport, aged 10 and joined his first band (Denton Original ‘B’ band) on 3rd Cornet in 1981, aged 11. In November 1984 he joined Thornsett Band on back row and moved through the section, becoming principal cornet in 1987.

After a 6 month spell at The Marple Band on front row, Gaz joined Fairey’s in October 1989. His first position in the band was on 3rd cornet, sitting next to the legendary Ray Peacock. Over the years Gaz has occupied many different positions within the cornet section; his many performances on soprano cornet have achieved much critical acclaim from both audience and his peers.

For many years Gaz worked as a Machine Tool Fitter, having served his apprenticeship under soprano cornet legend Alan Whycherley, but in 1998 he decided on a career change and began a 4 year degree course at the Royal Northern College of Music studying Cornet and Trumpet under Murray Grieg, Howard Snell and John Miller. Gaz is currently Head of Music and Teacher of Technology at Priestnall School, Stockport.

3rd Cornet

Martin Davies

Martin grew up in Stockport and was fully aware of the significance of having the world famous ‘Fairey Band’ located in his home town, when he began playing the cornet in Primary school at the age of 7. He began taking lessons aged 12 from the ex-Fairey cornet legend Les Hall, which saw him have a successful six years at youth level as Principal Cornet with Poynton Youth Band and 2nd man down with the highly successful Stockport Schools Brass Band of the late 90s.

Martin joined Hazel Grove Band for a brief period age 14 but soon made the move 10 miles down the road to Bollington Band on front row. Martin took over as Principal Cornet shortly after joining and remained in this position for 15 years helping the band to numerous trophies at local and national level and the bands greatest achievement during his time with the band of moving from the 3rd section to the Championship section in 2012. It was during his time with Bollington that Martin benefitted from the direction and tutelage of another ex-Fairey legend in ‘superstar’ baritone player, Peter Christian.

Having grown up in Stockport and knowing of the great history of the Fairey Band the offer to join the band in 2015 was one that he describes as being “impossible to turn down. To have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of the people such as Les Hall and Peter Christian who have been such an influence on my playing and in the town where I grew up is amazing and I am extremely proud to be part of such a historic band and an outstanding group of players.”

3rd Cornet

Jimmy Leggat

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