Senior Band

Senior Band

Soprano Cornet – Judith Nock Awaiting profile

Principal Cornet – Julie Brown I started with Bideford band when I was about 9 on cornet. I progressed to solo cornet during my time with the band. I then met my husband, Geoff; we married in 1985 and band played at our wedding. We both then left to live in Torquay and I didn’t play for 20 years, while I raised my two boys. I rejoined the band about 10 years ago after Cyril spotted me in Mill Street while the band were Christmas carolling. I now play principal cornet and help train the junior band.

Solo Cornet – Michelle Jeffery-Pearce I started playing at 10 years old in Hartland Town Band, as well as at school. I played until I was 20, and had a break until 30, still playing for Hartland. I joined Bideford Town Band in 2014.

Solo Cornet – Kimberley Sherborne Awaiting profile

Solo Cornet – Clare Leach Awaiting profile

Repiano Cornet – Sharon Elvins I started learning baritone with the Bideford Town Band when I was 11, moving to cornet at the age of 16. I left the band at the age of 18 to start my career and have children, returning in my 40’s to play Flugel horn with Holsworthy Town Band. I returned to Bideford Band in 2014 playing cornet, and I’m loving every second!

2nd Cornet – Claire Runeckles – Awaiting profile

2nd Cornet – Liz Marshall Originally from Wells, Somerset and now living in Barnstaple. Liz started playing cornet in 2007 and before moving to Devon, played Mendip Brass Band for about 8 years. She joined Bideford Town Band in June 2015 on 2nd cornet. Her claim to musical fame is that Gareth Malone stood behind her in the queue at W.H.Smiths, Wells!

2nd Cornet – Bernard Pearce I originally joined the junior band back in 1955 with Arthur Bryant as conductor. He put us through the hoop and had very little patience & would throw anything at you if you were talking or not listening (perhaps Mark should adopt this practise!!). I used to cycle to practices, with my cornet strapped to the carrier. The band room then used to be at Westcombe. I remember playing a solo (can’t remember what it was now) & came 2nd with 92 points behind Terry who was Arthur’s son who scored 93 points (funny how some things stick in your mind). After playing with the junior band for a few years I was promoted to the senior band. We had a good band then & we did several carnivals & contests. I continued playing with the band until about 1962 when I started working and I had to attend night school so I reluctantly had to give up banding. If I had continued with the band I would now have been the longest serving member in the band! I did another stint in the mid eighties for a couple of years but left because the conductor was expecting too much. I joined the band again in 2001 and play in the cornet section from solo to second position and thoroughly enjoy it.

3rd Cornet – David Shaw Awaiting profile

Flugel Horn – Sharon Durham I’ve been playing solo cornet with the band for the last two years. I’m a Yorkshire Lass who moved from York to Bideford 3 years ago with my family. I started playing when I was 5 which is now 30+ years ago. I played for bands in York, The Golden Rail, Railway Institute, Nestle Rowntees which changed to Shepherds Group in 2004. I’ve played mostly in first section and championship section bands before my move down south.

Solo horn – Tim Nock Awaiting profile

1st Horn – Cyril Pascoe Cyril Started playing at the age of 15 with St. Keverne Band Cornwall and joined Bideford Town Band in 1966. He currently plays cornet but has been known to dabble on the B Flat Bass. He has taught children in the band to play for many years, and was awarded Life Membership of the Band. He has received a Citizens Award from Bideford Town Council, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bideford 500 (The Graftas). In previous years, Cyril has been Chairman, Secretary, and Bandmaster.

2nd Horn – Becky Frisby I started learning as an adult, when I took my young son along to play musical instruments – I thought shakers, bells etc and was told to have a go as well and were both handed a tenor horn to try. Thank you, Cyril! 20 years later, I’m still trying and now Secretary of the Band and enjoying being part of such a great team of people.

Bb Bass – Kate Leworthy Awaiting profile

1st Baritone – Jayne Hutchings Awaiting profile

1st Baritone – Liz Harnett Awaiting profile

2nd Baritone – Barbara Darch I live in Appledore and I have enjoyed being a member of a band since I joined Torrington at the age of ten in 1953. For over 20 years I have been playing with Bideford Band and have made many friends, and banding remains an important part of my life. One of the highlights of my banding was playing in the Albert Hall London in 1984 for the finals of the fourth section. I not quite a claim to fame, but a wonderful weekend.

2nd Baritone – Chris Marshall Awaiting profile

Solo Euphonium – Linda Beer Awaiting profile

2nd Euphonium – Janet Sherborne Awaiting profile

1st Trombone – Sarah Watts Having spent 5 months learning trombone with BTB at the age of 15, Sarah was recognised by Cyril Pascoe many years later (she must have aged well!). Cyril promptly delivered a trombone to her house later that day and the following week she found herself at training band. Despite her reservations and the gap since last playing, Sarah realised it was something she could still remember how to do and soon joined the senior band on 2nd trombone. Since then she’s never looked back, she enjoys playing more than she expected to and has improved to the extent that she now plays solo trombone. It just goes to show it’s never too late to start again!!

2nd Trombone – Gary Taylor Awaiting profile

Bass Trombone – Peter Goodall Awaiting profile

Bass Trombone – Andy Pearce Awaiting profile

E Flat Bass – Tim Watts Tim started playing at the age of 11, having been inspired by his cornet-playing teacher who used to practice in the classroom and blow smoke through his instrument in the process (well it was 1970!). Back then even primary schools had wind bands and Tim soon joined his, on euphonium as he was ‘not the right shape’ to play the cornet. He then joined his secondary school’s wind band and ultimately, due to the attention of the peripatetic brass teacher, the City of Derby (Youth and Senior) Band. Still on euphonium with the occasional foray into baritone playing, he stayed until 1988 when his job took him to Barnstaple. This brought about a lull of about 15 years, with only occasional playing of the euphonium at Christmas, and infrequently at services at his local church in Goodleigh. A chance meeting in 2004 took him to South Molton Town Band where he stayed – having converted to the E Flat Bass – until 2010 when he transferred, still on Bass, to Bideford Town Band. The rest is history!

E Flat Bass – Seat Occupied

B Flat Bass – Steve Clements My family has been associated with the band since I was a child with my sister Jackie playing whilst Mum and Dad were on the committee. I didn’t start to play until 40 years later though following my son who was already playing cornet with the band. I was asked by Cyril (who else) if I fancied playing the bass drum in carnivals as Keith was beginning to struggle carrying it around, and l looked like I had a strong back. That is when I found I was a naturally gifted musician with an ability to whack the drum every time my foot hit the ground, except when Bob waved wildly at me to give a double tap. Obviously astounded by my talent Cyril was soon wanting to stretch me further and asked whether I wanted to try the cornet. So I joined the training band where I learned to read and play music. From here I eventually moved on to the senior band joining the ranks of the back row 3rd cornets. However it soon became apparent that the band was more in need of my strong back than my cadenzas, so that man Cyril suggested moving from the cornet to the Bb bass. So here I am, part of the base of the pyramid holding up the rest of the band. As long as my back holds out!

Percussion – Geoff Brown I started in the band at 11 yrs old and was taught by Bob Rendle. At the age of 21 I went to St Tropez for a year to play in a blues band. On my return I went to Torquay and played in a function band called Fusion for 6 nights a week. I then got married to Julie and we moved to Torquay. We then had our first son and moved back to Bideford. I carried on playing with local groups and theatre work. I rejoined the band about 10 yrs ago and I also play in the band’s Corps of Drums.

Tuned Percussion -Kevin Down Awaiting profile

Percussion – Janet Marshall Awaiting profile