Solo Eb Bass
2nd Eb Bass
Solo Bb Bass
2nd Bb Bass
Richard Hughes joined Aldbourne Band back in 1991 on second cornet. A big step up at the tender age of 14 from fourth section Ramsbury Band.
Pete started playing at the age of 12 in 1972 for his local junior band in the peak district in Tintwistle. He rapidly moved up the cornet section and at the age of 16 played soprano, he then moved to repiano where he played till he graduated from university in 1980.
Ian Barnes started playing the cornet at the age of 9 in 1972, joining the Aldbourne Junior Band under Don Keene. Within a year he had played at a solo contest, coming 5th in the under 12s and played at the local Radio Oxford contest and Shaw contest, both with Aldbourne Band.
Ali joined the band in 2009 on third cornet and since has worked her way up to the dizzy heights of second cornet. Despite having a long history of banding in her family, she only joined a brass band whilst at university upon discovery that it had a better social calendar than the wind band, but has been hooked ever since.
Claudia Hughes joined Aldbourne Band in 2001 when she moved back to her home town of Wantage. She started playing cornet aged 8 in Wantage Silver Band but moved swiftly onto flugel on the advice of Bill Mellor (Andy "4th Man"'s Dad). By the age of 12 she gained a place in the National Youth Brass Band and junior Guildhall School of Music, the highlight of which was a solo in the School's Prom in the Albert Hall. Claudia also played flugel for Halls of Oxford Band, competing in the Championship section National Finals and the Grand Shield. Prior to her move to Aldbourne she played for Bournemouth Concert Brass which can lead to mixed loyalties at contests!
Rachael started playing at the age of 12 on soprano cornet with Ramsbury Band as at that time Aldbourne did not allow girls into the band. However, after a couple of years, girls were finally allowed in so she joined Aldbourne along with Jill Keene (the conductor's daughter) and for the following 7 years played flugel and second cornet before returning to soprano.
Ed Latham joined Aldbourne Band in 2010 having moved into the area from Norfolk. He started playing cornet at age 8 with his local school band but upon taking lessons with local cornetist Bob Baggot started on 3rd cornet with Coventry School of Music Band, then in the championship section, at age 13. Over the next few years he moved to 2nd Horn, 2nd Euphonium and then on to 1st Baritone with Coventry. Ed joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain aged 17 and became principal baritone for 3 courses. Having met Bob Childs through the NYBBGB he joined IMI Yorkshire Imperial Band, then one of the country's top bands, whilst studying engineering at Leeds University. The highlight of this time was playing 1st baritone in their Yorkshire Area win of 1993.
Lionel has been with the Band since around 1957 and currently plays on baritone. He is married to Sue who is a keen supporter of the Band, and they have two sons, one of whom also plays with the Band on percussion. Lionel is also the longest playing current member of the Band with over 50 years of playing experience.
Martin joined Aldbourne Band in 2000 from Wantage Band and had a change of instrument from Euphonium to 2nd Trombone. At various times Martin has been on all 3 positions in the section and currently plays Bass Trombone. He has been voted Aldbourne Bandsman of the year twice and received the Rick Bendell Memorial Trophy. Martin also enjoys Swing, Jazz and Big Band and often plays for Apollo Big Band and Swindon Concert Band
Ben Newton started playing in 1997 with Hungerford Town. After stints on Cornet and Tenor Horn, started playing Eb Bass in early 2000.
Ian first played on the stage for Aldbourne at the age of 8. Son of Don a former Principle cornet player and conductor of the band, Ian played solo Euphonium at Aldbourne for many years sharing in the success of Shining River at the Colston Hall and appearing for Blitz at the Albert Hall. As a young soloist Ian was the runner up at the Pontins British young brass soloist competition in the late 70s.
James joined Aldbourne Junior Band in the 1970s and started on the trombone and eventually ended up on an Bb Bass. He believes that the instrument finds you rather than you choosing the instrument!
Luke joined the band on percussion in 1993 after deciding he was never going to fully love, or master the playing of, brass instruments. Although Luke has played most percussion intstruments in his time with the band he most regularly features on kit.
Originally from Barrow-in Furness in Cumbria, Helen's 20 years in banding first started in the Vickers Barrow Junior Band at the age of 11. Her debut pieces on drum kit were the Floral Dance and Super Trooper performed in Barrow Park! She then quickly progressed into the Vickers Barrow Works Band under the baton of Bill Maginn until she joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1997 at the age of 18 as a clarinet and piano player. Having competed in many contests around the North of England, Helen's favourite prize was winning the Most Promising young player in the 1994 Peterlee contest playing Resurgam. Another hi-light was playing for the launch of the first Vanguard Class Submarine and meeting Princess Diana - made all the special because she got a day off school and was paid the handsome sum of £5 for it!
Matt first joined the band at the age of 12, earning the nickname of "Nipper" on account of being the youngest member at that time, and played with the band up until going to university at the age of 18. Since then Matt has played for bands up and down the country, including the Jaguar Coventry Band, Ashton-under-Lyne, the Fairey Band and Friary Guildford. After a break of some 11 years Matt finally "came home" to where it all began and re-joined the band in 2012. Matt briefly left the Band again in 2014 but rejoined in Jan 2016 on Front Row.
Originally hailing from sunny Stockport in the North West, Richard started banding at the age of 7 for Great Moor Junior school playing cornet under the guidance of Norman Ashcroft; then subsequently went onto the successful Stockport School's Brass Band in his early teens contesting and touring Europe. At this time he also joined Poynton Youth Brass Band, eventually graduating to the senior band where he spent many years playing Front and Back row cornet.
Simon learnt to play trombone in the Boys Brigade Band before his arms were long enough to play all 7 positions, playing alongside Chris Davis OBE. After playing solo trombone with the Hampshire County Youth Band and principle trombone with the Hampshire Youth Orchestra, and a very short stint in the Grenadier Guards, Simon studied classic music at Trinity College of Music with Roger Brenner and jazz with Bobby Lamb, with a post grad year specialising on alto trombone also with Roger.
Susan first picked up the cornet aged eight and played with the City of Oxford Silver Band until she was 16. Her first banding venture into the West of England was with Swindon Pegasus Band followed by a four year stint with Jaguar Coventry Band where she played until the end of 2010. Susan joined Aldbourne in January 2011 along with the conductor (and now fiance!) David Johnson and has played Repiano for the band since the middle of last year.
Andy Fielden has been an amateur trombonist since the age of 10, and learned to play in the brass band heartland of Yorkshire. He started with his school band, and has played for Wakefield Metropolitan, and Yorkshire Evening Post bands.
Will started playing the trombone at the age of eight whilst a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral. He was very lucky when moving to Hymers College in Hull to be under the tutelage of Dr Robert Childs. Will started his brass band career in the City of Hull Youth Band and soon moved up to play in the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band. Graduating to bass trombone Will found his niche and was lucky enough to be the Bass Trombonist for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Whilst studying under Dr Childs Will became an Associate of the Royal College of Music.
Simon Snow joined Aldbourne in 2003 from SWT Woodfalls after moving to Swindon with his job.