Solo Baritone - Rachel Hawkey
Rachel started playing at the age of 5 with St Pinnock Youth Band on cornet and soon moved into the senior band.
After only a couple of years, she moved onto bass where she stayed for another few years and played with St Dennis Youth Band until she herniated a disc in her spine from sporting activities. For this reason she moved to a smaller instrument, the euphonium, where she held the principal euphonium seat for St Pinnock until 2013.
Whilst at St Pinnock, Rachel helped them to achieve promotions from the 3rd section up to the 1st section. From the age of 16 to 19 Rachel also played with the Mount Charles Youth Band and won various solo prizes at local contests.
Rachel left St Pinnock at the beginning of 2013 to concentrate on her studies, and joined Roche Brass where the commitment suits her and her busy lifestyle well, and is now a qualified Midwife.
2nd Baritone - Phil Cleave
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.