Rebecca started playing trombone at the age of nine with several local brass bands in and around the Yorkshire Dales, eventually joining the Fishburn band in the North East, before moving to West Yorkshire to study music at the University of Huddersfield. Rebecca had a rewarding time at University, gaining a first class honours degree and receiving final year awards for ‘significant contribution to concert life’ within the music department and the Studio Music prize for brass band arranging. She was also the recipient of the Harry Mortimer prize for an outstanding brass musician. Following her degree, Rebecca studied for a Masters in music performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of Chris Houlding.
During this time, Rebecca was appointed principal trombone of the Sellers International band, a position she held for five years before joining the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band in 2008. She has performed with many of the country’s leading brass bands and was proud to accept an invitation to join the world famous Fairey Band on principal trombone in 2012. Rebecca has performed at various leading concert venues in the UK and Europe, and has featured regularly as a soloist, including performances at the World Music Festival, on BBC radio and on CD recordings with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and the Fairey Band.
Outside of her performing commitments, Rebecca is also very passionate about developing young musicians and working in youth education. Having spent 10 years working in Secondary Education, predominantly as a Head of Music, Rebecca is now a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Course Leader for the Secondary Music BA at the University of Huddersfield. This role continues to allow her to nurture musicians of the future and to continue her own professional development as she studies for a doctorate in Music Education.
Rebecca also composes and arranges music for brass and wind band, including commissions to compose music for the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and a range of educational projects across the country. Rebecca’s arrangements and compositions have also been performed on BBC radio and television and her compositions are currently published with Kirklees Music and the educational music specialists Spartan Press.
Since 2013, Rebecca has been the associate conductor for the Leyburn Band in North Yorkshire. In that time, there have been many highlights including the award-winning year of 2014, where the band received first place at both the ‘Brass at Ripon’ Entertainment Contest and the Hardraw Scar Contest, with Rebecca also receiving the best conductor award.
Josh Cargill is a bass trombone player from Northern Ireland. He began playing in brass bands at the age of 10 when he joined the 1st Old Boys’ Youth Band where he played bass trombone for 10 years. For the latter five of these years, he also played with the 1st Old Boys’ Silver Band - one of Northern Ireland’s top bands.
Outside of banding, Josh also has a lot of orchestral experience, previously being principal bass trombone in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ulster Youth Orchestra and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra where, in 2018, he was awarded the Stephen Parker Memorial Award for his commitment to the orchestra.
In 2018, Josh was offered a place to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a scholarship, where he is now studying with his teacher, Christian Jones. Coming to Manchester also gave Josh the opportunity to play with the world famous Fairey Band.
Lucy began playing at the age of 8 with the Marple Junior Band. Progressing through the B Band, she eventually joined the Marple (senior) Band at the age of 18 in 1990, making her first contest appearance at the Grand Shield that year, where the band qualified for their first of many appearances at the British Open.
Several very successful years followed with Marple, the most memorable being when the unsponsored, village band were crowned British Open Champions in 1996, following four top 6 placings since their first appearance at the contest. She went on to join the Fairey Band, from Stockport, in January 2004, and spent 5 enjoyable years with them. Following a break from ‘banding’, Lucy joined Brighouse & Rastrick in January 2011 and with the band, achieved a number of titles at the Yorkshire Regional contest, and a National title at the Royal Albert Hall.
Lucy’s playing has taken her to various parts of the world – most notably, performances of ‘Acid Brass’ with Faireys throughout Europe, and a tour of Thailand and Singapore with the Desford Band. More recently, she has twice become a Swedish National Band Champion with the Windcorp Brass Band from Gothenburg. In early 2012, Lucy was nominated for the 4barsrest brass band website’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, in recognition of her consistently high-level performances on the concert and contest platform, and was awarded the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award at the Yorkshire Area contest in March the same year.
January 2016 saw a return to The Fairey Band, where Lucy looks forward to some exciting and successful times ahead. Lucy has appeared as guest soloist in the UK and overseas on a number of occasions, and hopes to further develop this aspect of her playing, having accepted an invitation to become a Yamaha Flugel Horn Artist.
Rachel began playing at the age of 12, being taught initially by her parents and also through lessons at school in Perth. At the age of 16 Rachel began being taught by David James, former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Whilst at school Rachel was awarded the Thomas H Stewart Memorial Award, for the highest placed Brass competitor in the Perform in Perth Festival, for three consecutive years.
After leaving school Rachel went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a first class honours degree in music education, and has worked as a music teacher in one of the Scotland's highest performing secondary schools since then.
Rachel was principal horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for four years under the direction of Richard Evans and also performed with the European Youth Brass Band in 2011 in Montreaux. She played 2nd horn with the Whitburn Band for three years before accepting the position of Solo Horn with the Kirkintilloch Band, which she held for four years. Rachel is also the current Scottish Open Solo Champion.
Rachel will continue her studies at the RNCM in September, when she will begin a Masters in Performing and she is delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the Fairey band.
Steve Started playing the cornet at the age of 13 in West London. He soon began playing in the brass band movement when he joined the Hanwell band, aged 14.
In 1975 he moved up north to join Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on tutti cornet, moving up to be appointed principal cornet in 1978. A move to Leyland Vehicles came in 1983 as principal cornet until an offer came from Steve's boyhood hero, James Shepherd, to join JSVB playing flugel, cornet, trumpet. During this time Steve signed and played for Faireys on the contesting stage.
1990 saw Steve move back into main stream banding, joining B&R on principal cornet and from 1992- 98 Steve held the flugel seat. In 1999 Steve moved back to The Leyland Band and this also saw a change of instrument onto tenor horn.
In 2000 Steve moved to Australia to join Brisbane Excelsior. During this time the band won 10 national titles over a period of 14 years, and Steve won many state/national solo and Champion of Champion individual titles.
Steve returned to the UK in 2014, joining Fodens on solo horn the same year. 2016 saw time spent at Wingates, Hepworth and Leyland before returning to Faireys in 2018 on first horn.