Phil was Born in 1958 and started playing at the age of 8 along with both parents and 3 brothers who were also playing and made up a large section of the Newton Abbot Town band.
In 1971, with the help of a small group of other players the Cleave family formed the Totnes Band. The Totnes band quickly worked its way up to the 2 section in the late 80’s and 90’s.
In 1974 Phil moved to London to work in a piano factory making John Broadwood pianos, and also joined Championship section band “The Hanwell Band” on tenor horn.
Phil played on the backing track of Peter Skelern’s You’re a lady, recorded the music for the TV program That’s life with Esther Rantzen, and played on the backing track of Terry Wogans Floral Dance.
In 1977 the band played at the silver jubilee concert in the Royal Albert hall with Black Dyke, Fairy Engineering, Fodens and Morris Motors. Phil also played at the National finals in the Albert Hall on 2 other occasions, and won many other contests around London and southern counties. The band also made regular appearances on the BBC’s Friday night is Music night.
In 1978 Phil returned to Totnes after getting married to Alison and working on the family farm, and moved from horn onto Solo Euphonium and has played with many local bands as a dep.
After being a regular dep for Roche Brass for a year, Phil decided to make a permanent move in October 2015.
Robert started playing at the age of seven and was taught by Albert Chappell and Steve Sykes. After three years he joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and held the Principal Euphonium position for six courses.
He won the Junior and Senior Soloist Awards at the age of fifteen and became the Junior Slow Melody Champion of Great Britain. He retained this title the following year and was also Radio Cornwall's Musician of the Year.
Rob played with Hayle youth, Redruth youth, Redruth Town Band, St.Dennis Band, St.Austell Band, Bodmin Band and Mount Charles before joining Camborne Town on Solo Euphonium in 2000. He has successfully competed in all major music festivals and soloist contests throughout the country and played in many of the best concert venues including the London Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall where he enjoyed playing with Camborne and the National Youth Band in the Henry Wood Promenade Concert.
After many successful years with Camborne, Rob joined Roche Brass in 2012 where he enjoyed 4 more very successful years before sadly passing away in December 2016. Rob was a tremendous talent, a warm and generous man, and great friend to us all. He will be sorely missed, but will always be with us.