Jeff was born in Tredegar, South Wales. He began playing the cornet at the age 7. Just one year later, Aged 8, he had progressed enough to join the Tredegar Junior Band (later called Tredegar Youth Band).
When he was 9 Jeff moved onto euphonium and progressed into Tredegar Youth Band where he won many competitions, including Pontins Youth Championships and the National Eisteddfod. The band also represented Wales in the European Youth Band Championships in Glasgow where Jeff was the featured soloist. Before moving to North West England, Jeff played with Blaina Band, Celynen Colliery Band and Crosskeys Band in South Wales as well as his hometown band, Tredegar.
In 1989 Jeff moved to Manchester to study at Salford College of Technology and in 1990 Jeff joined The Marple Band, conducted by Garry Cutt. In 1996 the band became the British Open Champions whilst Jeff held the position of principal euphonium. The highlight concert of his time at Marple was performing at St John’s, Smith Square in London under the baton of Elgar Howarth and featured the concert pianist, Joanna MacGregor.
In 1997, Jeff was invited to join the renowned ensemble Versatile Brass (formerly James Shepherd Versatile Brass) where he stayed until 1993. During this period, he also played principal euphonium for Besses O’ Th’ Barn Band and Wingates.
In 2003 Jeff teamed up once more with Garry Cutt when he joined the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, this time on solo baritone. During two stints with Grimethorpe he won the National Championships of Great Britain and Brass In Concert. He also performed at many high-profile concerts, including the BBC Proms, BBC Proms In The Park and also performed at St Pauls Cathedral in London.
Jeff also won the National Championships with Leyland Band in 2005 and during his time with the band they also became North West Area Champions twice and represented England at the European Championships held in Belfast.
Jeff first joined The Fairey Band as solo baritone in 2009 and during this first stint the band won the English National Championships and competed at the European Championships in Montreux, Switzerland.
After taking a sabbatical from top flight banding, Jeff re-joined The Fairey Band in July 2018.
In 2002 Jeff finally completed his studies and he gained a BA (Hons) in Band Studies from the University of Sheffield. He studied euphonium with Bill Millar, composition and arranging with Dr Roy Newsome and Darrol Barry, band history with Arthur Butterworth and conducting with Richard Evans. In 2006 he gained a PGCE in Secondary Music and is currently a full-time music tutor for Rochdale Music Service.
Stephen is from Stockport and started playing the EEb Bass aged 8. One of his peripatetic tutors, Nigel Beasley, was the Fairey baritone player and is now the current Band manager. Stephen joined Stockport Schools Intermediate band under Mike Greaves shortly after he bagan playing, progressing to the highly successful Stockport Schools Senior Band of the early 90’s under Bob Wyatt until 1995.
Stephen also played for several local bands: Stockport Silver, Marple ‘B’ and City Of Manchester, before joining the Poynton Band under Alan Lawton in 1993, initially on 2nd EEb and later Solo EEb bass. In 1996 Stephen started a 5 year spell with the BT Band again on 2nd EEb bass, before moving to Solo EEb Bass. Highlights during this time were the bands qualification for the British Open and the annual BT Christmas concert at the Albert Hall, in 2001.
A relocation from Stockport to Wigan was followed by a 15 year tenure as Solo EEb Bass with Pemberton Old Wigan Band. Highlights included 2 First section National Finals wins, qualification to the Championship section finals at the Albert Hall and the band being invited to the All England Masters.
Due to work commitments, Stephen then had a couple of years off full time playing until being invited to play for the Fairey Band at the NW Area in 2019. Having grown up in Stockport joining the band was "impossible to refuse".
Mark Evans (aka Vinny)
Mark started playing aged 8, at primary school in Stoke on Trent. Mark soon discovered brass bands, joining Ind Coope Brewery Band on EEb bass at the age of 12 and later Greenway Selectus, also on EEb bass. His love of music led to him studying it at sixth form college, alongside Art and Oatcakes!
At the age of 19 Mark moved to Manchester and continued his playing career, joining Gorton silver Band on solo EEb bass. Following this, Mark went onto play with Trafford Band, alongside Faireys current Solo EEb bass player Jon Davies, Beresfords Band and Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel on solo EEb bass.
Mark joined the Kennedy Swinton band, playing both EEb and BBb bass and went onto perform at his first British Open in 1991.
In 2002 Mark joined Fairey FP Music on EEb bass before moving to The Timperley Band on EEb and BBb bass in 2005. Mark and a group of friends reformed the band and over the next three years the band climbed back up to top flight.
Mark found himself back with The Fairey Band in 2008, where he has remained and currently holds the position of solo BBb bass.
Mark, aka 'Vinny' is very proud to be the band's go to tuning god and is constantly reminding the 'Prof' of how bands used to play pre 1965...... in high pitch.
Originating from over t’hill in the Rossendale Valley, Chris started playing snare drum at the age of 5 with the Rossendale Scout Band. This kick started his playing career and shortly after he was handed a cornet and given lessons by Roy Curran and Eric Landon. Chris soon decided the cornet wasn’t for him and the baritone followed, progressing through the ranks to the solo euphonium seat.
A move to University saw a break from playing for two years until he took up an offer from Unite the Union Band. Chris then changed bands and instrument, taking on the Eb bass and enjoying a successful two years at the Haslingden and Helmshore band.
A move to the Milnrow band came in May 2016, along with a change of instrument to the BBb bass. In 2017 Chris won the All England International Masters in Kettering with Milnrow. Chris continues to relish the opportunity of providing a strong, solid foundation playing the BBb bass.
Chris was invited to join The Fairey Band around Christmas time 2018 and is looking forward to many concert and contest performances with band.
With a profound commitment to music and young people, Chris leads a number of school bands and a successful music therapy team within a successful career. This is coupled with his lifelong connection to the Rossendale Scout Band, for whom he has recently taken the position of associate conductor. Chris has enjoyed preparing the band for a many prestigious events, such as the Queens Scout Parade at Windsor castle and some very fine concert venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, RNCM, O2 arena and Cologne cathedral.