Soprano - Rob 'Alfie' Rogers
Rob started playing in Kingsbridge Silver Band from the age of 5 and was principal cornet by the age of 14. He later went on to play for Saltash Town Band where he also held the principal cornet seat.
At the age of 18, he gave up brass bands and concentrated on trumpet instead. He has played for some of the South Wests top bands by the name of Rhythm Machine, Reckless and Shot Gun Blues Band. For the last 8 years he has played for one of the nations funkiest and in demand bands by the name of Joey The Lips. He has played in top venues all over the UK and Europe supporting many famous bands and singers.
Within the last 2 years Rob has returned to Brass Banding as well as playing with Joey The Lips. This saw him occupying the soprano seat at St. Pinnock Band and helping them to much success in those 2 years.
He is now looking forward to the challenge of improving as a player and helping Roche Brass in establishing themselves as being a major force in the Cornish brass band scene.
Repiano - Rob Commons
Rob is a bit of a legend in the Cornish Brass Band scene (so he says), and started playing at a very early age with the St. Dennis Youth Band. He has moved around a bit, having also played with the St. Austell Youth Band, St. Austell, Camborne, Bodmin, and St. Dennis Bands.
As a youngster, Rob won many solo prizes and was one of the most sought after players in Cornwall.
Rob now enjoys his cycling which takes up a lot of his time, and having had a short break from brass band playing, he decided to pick up his cornet again at the beginning of 2013 to join Roche Brass where the commitment better suits his busy lifestyle.
Rob is a valuable asset to the cornet section, being more than capable of sitting comfortably on the front or back row.
2nd Cornet - Claire Jones
At the age of 9, Claire managed to convince her parents to let her learn to play a brass instrument. This meant descending on the local town band (Daventry Silver Band) and returning home with a cornet - which she has played ever since! Claire stayed with this band for the next 10 years.
Alongside this, Claire was taught by John Berryman, and achieved her Grade 8 distinction on cornet, and grade 8 merit on piano. She also played with Northamptonshire Youth Brass Band and was playing solo cornet with this band when they won the National finals.
Claire then went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield - continuing to study cornet, piano and composition in more depth, and where she was taught by James Shepherd.
After graduating with a Bmus (hons) she went on to complete a PGCE and become a primary school teacher. After playing in local Yorkshire bands and teaching in west yorkshire, she moved down to Cornwall and took a break from banding.
Claire returned to banding in 2003 and joined St Pinnock Brass band. During her time with St Pinnock, they went from third to first section and she enjoyed many happy years with this band.
Claire joined Roche in August 2014 and she is looking forward to a new challenge.
2nd Cornet - Brent Smith
Brent started his playing career at the age of 8 in Tywardreath tutored by Peter Westaway, but soon moved to Mount Charles youth band under the late Don Rosevear.
His first contest winning the SWBBA at Paignton playing Indian Summer. After achieving a front row position, he was invited to join the senior band on 3rd cornet. About this time, he developed a love for the trumpet and joined the Restormel Concert Band, progressing to lead trumpet as well as gaining a position on the front row of Mount Charles.
At 17 he joined the Band of the Royal Hampshire Regiment playing 1st cornet, which in 1991 joined forces with the Queens Regiment to form the Band of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and subsequently the Minden Band of the Prince of Wales Division. During this time he has played alongside such personalities as Roy Castle, Vera Lynn, Rosemary Clooney and Evelyn Glennie, as well as performing for all members of the Royal Family including frequently for the late Diana Princess of Wales.
After leaving Army music, he never blew a note for 10 years, until rejoining the Restormel Concert band, and now finally back into brass banding with Roche Brass after 27 years.
3rd Cornet - Tessa Dunn
Tessa started playing the Cornet at an early age in the Indian Queens Band under the tutelage of her father Lionel. She progressed very quickly, and it wasn't long until she was winning a host of solo prizes, including holding the title of Southwest Solo Champion for five consecutive years!
Tessa held the principal cornet seat with Indian Queens Band for many years, as well as playing for St. Austell and Bugle Bands.
After several years out of the banding world, Tessa has returned to playing with Roche Brass in May 2013.
3rd Cornet - Kevan Stevens
Kevan started playing the cornet in his school band and was one of the founder members of the Brackley & District Band in the mid 1970’s. After many successful years with Brackley, Kevan gave up playing for a number of years before moving to Cornwall in 2006.
Following his move to Cornwall, it didn’t take long before Kevan was hunted down and talked into playing again with the Bodmin Band. A couple of years with Bodmin was followed by a couple with St. Pinnock and then a couple with St. Dennis before joining Roche Brass in April 2015.