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.