Mike studied the trombone at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with Chris Mowat being the Head of Brass. Since then, he has taught for the Cornwall Music Service and has played in various settings, including The Three Spires Orchestra and Cornwall Sinfonia. He has also conducted The City of Truro Wind Orchestra and continues to teach pupils of all ages.
Brass banding is a recent addition to Mike's repertoire and he says he enoys the technical challenges that it offers. Mike joined Roche Brass at the end of 2016.
Harriet started playing the piano when her younger sister wanted to take up an instrument. A couple of years later they both started learning the cornet at St. Dennis Band.
After watching St. Dennis play a couple of concerts, Harriet decided to swap to the trombone where she progressed to the youth band and then the senior band. Harriet also played for the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and Carrick Winds.
After a 3 year break, Harriet joined Roche Brass at the end of 2014. In her free time from banding, Harriet paints, works out, and cooks bacon!
At the age of seven Ben first began playing the tenor horn under the tutelage of Derek Greenwood. At ten, and when his arm was just about long enough, he switched to the trombone and joined his first band, that of the 1st Truro Boys Brigade.
Since that time an eclectic musical career has seen him perform at venues as diverse as St Michaels Mount to Wembly Arena, Giants Stadium to The Royal Albert Hall and from Disney World to playing Village People hits in the infamous gay quarter of Cologne. He joined Bodmin Town Band shortly before the 2004 area contest.
Ben also enjoys cycling, badminton, eggs, the colour blue, Rentaghost and 321 (with Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin). His favourite film is the early Mike Leigh masterpiece Nuts in May and his lucky soup is Tom Yum.