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 - Steve Hawkey
Steve started playing at the age of 8 years with St.Dennis youth band, when they were national youth champions of Great Britain on 2 successive occasions, and then in the senior band on solo cornet.
Steve moved to St.Austell playing flugel under Freddie Roberts then on to bumper up conducted by Alan Jenkin. He then moved to Bodmin on principal cornet, playing at the masters, nationals, and grand shield on many occasions on either principal or soprano, having also played at the Albert Hall. He has played on TV on Best of Brass with Bodmin Band.
Steve has also played with Mount Charles and St. Dennis on Principal cornet, as well as short spells helping out Camborne, Redruth, and St. Pinnock.
2nd 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 - Chris Leonard
Chris started playing at the age of 7 with St Austell Youth Band. After a few years with St Dennis, he moved to Camborne taking the Principal Cornet Position in 2000. Chris went on to lead the band to 5 appearances at the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall in a period of 6 years before stepping down due to work commitments.
Having made several guest appearances with St. Austell and Camborne bands during his ‘time out’ from banding, Chris joined Roche Brass in 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.