Flugel - Andrew Mitchell
Andrew’s musical career began with Carharrack & St Day in 1988 at the age of six from where he moved to Camborne Youth and then to Redruth Town where he was Principal Cornet.
He joined Camborne Town Band in 1998, initially playing cornet, taking the Principal role for a while, but now has a reputation as a fine flugel player and soloist.
After many successful and happy years with Camborne, 2012 saw Andrew relinquish his position to take up a new challenge with Roche Brass.
Solo Horn - Mark Letcher
Mark commenced playing at Lostwithiel Youth Band when he was eight years old and moved to Bodmin Town Band in 1984. Having spent twenty years at Bodmin, initially on cornet and then on tenor horn where he won many awards, Mark moved to Camborne in 2004.
He has been crowned the best tenor horn of the day at Bugle on many occasions and is an established soloist.
Having had many successful and happy years at Camborne, Mark decided to take up a new challenge with Roche Brass in 2012.
1st Horn - Tom Howard
Tom started his banding career aged 6, playing for the St Minver Silver Band, having been encouraged to play by both his grandmother and the then musical director Micky Hunt.
After progressing into the senior band at an early age, the late Geoff Burton, who later became MD for the band took Tom under his wing, taught, accompanied and helped him gain all of his Grades up to 8, and his Grade 5 theory.
Whilst undertaking this, he became a member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and was head hunted to join St Pinnock band, with whom he enjoyed several very successful years. After being headhunted for a final time, Tom was asked to join the St Austell Town Band on principal Horn, where Tom enjoyed four years of playing at the highest level.
Tom now spends most of his time focusing on directing and teaching through many different mediums, as a peripatetic teacher, and now, a Musical Director.
As well as teaching and conducting, Tom was persuaded to dust his horn off to help Roche Brass at the Senior Trophy in May 2018 and enjoyed it so much that he decided to join full time.
2nd Horn - Amelia Commons
Amelia is a qualified music teacher who has taught from ages 6-18 in schools as well as holding some adult education classes. She is currently taking a break from school teaching after having two children. She started playing the horn aged 8 and has taken an interest in musical theory and many different instruments since then.
In 2006 Amelia graduated from The University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts degree, BA (Hons), after studying music at the university. During this time Amelia began to develop an interest in conducting. This led her to take a conducting role leading St.Dennis learners and youth band where she was also a playing member at the time. In 2007 Amelia qualified as a music teacher from the Open University and has since began a masters in education with University Bath.
After a short break from work, due to starting her family, Amelia's new challenge is creating a learner group to become part of the Roche Brass organization. This we hope will follow in the footsteps of our senior band, developing into one of Cornwall's leading youth bands.
2nd Horn - Susan McKnight
Susan started her banding career at the age of 10 on 2nd horn for St Austell Youth Band and played her first contest at The Hall for Cornwall, Truro in 1999.
She worked her way up to Solo horn in the Youth Band over the years until she eventually joined St Austell Senior Band on 1st Horn and played her first contest with them at Yeovil Entertainment contest in 2004. She soon became Solo Horn for the senior band and after taking a short break, remained with them until 2010.
During this time, she also joined Cornwall Youth Brass Band, over the years making her way up to Principal Solo Horn. She also became a member of Carrick Winds, holding the Solo Horn position for the wind orchestra until she left in 2008.
Among her proudest moments, she notes coming 2nd at the areas with St Austell, playing 'Rienzi', leading to a place in the National Finals at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
In that same year, she also competed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham with Carrick Winds, winning an 'Outstanding Performance' and a place in the Music for Youth Schools Proms, also held in The Royal Albert Hall. She has also toured Belgium and Poland with St Austell and Carrick.