Flugel - Andy 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
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 - Graham Barker
Graham had previously played for Indian Queens, St Austell and Mount Charles when he moved to Camborne in 1992. Initially he played cornet but soon transferred to tenor horn where he won many special awards.
He began a conducting career at Indian Queens and when he was appointed Bandmaster at Camborne he managed to combine this with the role of solo horn. He decided to concentrate on conducting and was appointed Musical Director in October 2004 - his last playing engagement as solo horn was at the Goff Richard's 60th celebration concert on the 6th November 2004.
Graham stepped down as Musical Director in March 2005 and after a couple of years back at Mount Charles, he returned to Camborne on E flat bass, before showing off his talents again on the horn with the St. Dennis Band.
After a few years in the wilderness, Roche Brass are delighted that Graham has decided to dust off his horn again to take up the solo horn seat.
1st 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.