Repiano - 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.
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 - 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.