Andrew started to play Soprano Cornet with the St Dennis Youth Band in 1995. He was a member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band for 9 years, occupying the Principal Soprano seat for the majority of that time. He received multiple awards at local contests for Best Cornet player/Best player in section.
In 2007 Andrew was also invited to be a member of the European Youth Brass Band performing under the direction of Ian Porthouse and Major Peter Parkes. The Band played at many events as part of the European Championships including the end of contest Gala concert.
Andrew has experienced a lot of success with the Senior Band over the years and takes pride in the fact that he was a member of the dedicated team that took St Dennis Band from the fourth section up to the Championship section, which took a mere 8 years to achieve.
Andrew’s banding highlights include performing at the Symphony Hall Birmingham and the 2010 Pontins Contest where the Band were awarded 2nd place for their performance of Les Preludes.
– Amy Davenport (Repiano Cornet)
Catherine started playing the cornet at the age of 14 with the St Austell Youth Band and within 6 months played at the National Youth Brass Band Championships in the Royal Albert Hall.
After progressing up through the Cornet section of the St Austell Youth and B Bands and having become a member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. In 1986 Catherine was promoted to the senior band where her brother Paul Richards was Principal Cornet. During her time with St Austell Catherine competed at many prestigious contests, including the National Finals, All England Masters, Grand Shield and received a Prince of Wales Medal for winning the Royal Trophy at Bugle for 3 consecutive years.
In 1989 Catherine joined the St Dennis Band on Repiano Cornet and remained in that position until she left to have a family in 1996. After a 12 year break Catherine rejoined the band and now enjoys playing back-row cornet with her son James who is the 3rd generation of the family to play at St Dennis, as her father Rodney Richards was bands soprano cornet player for 27 years.
Lia started playing the cornet at the age of 7 in St Dennis Junior Band, progressing to principal cornet in the Youth Band. Lia was lucky throughout
this time to have expert tuition from Jeremy Willcock.
Lia was successful in gaining entry to the Cornwall Youth Brass Band where she was the youngest player for 3 years.
In December 2013 Lia started playing 3 rd cornet for Bugle Silver Band progressing up to repiano cornet. In April 2016 she joined St Dennis Band on 2nd cornet. During this time, Jeremy Willcock sadly moved away and Lia was
taught by Darren Hendy for a short while. She is currently being taught by Jane
Lia has taken part in numerous solo contests and music festivals since she began playing. Her most memorable moments have been winning the ‘Best Cornet/Soprano of the Day’ on several occasions and also winning the ‘Best
Performance of the Day’ at Camborne Solo Contest in 2016.
Lia continues to play in CYBB and since 2016 has been privileged to play in the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain.
Lia sings and is learning to play the piano; as well as the cornet she also plays the trumpet, flugel, soprano cornet and ukulele.
Lia is currently studying for her GCSEs and her favourite subject is PE. She is a keen discus and shotput thrower and also loves badminton and rugby.
Her favourite banding memory so far is playing in the square at Bugle Band Contest with St Dennis in 2016.
Becki started playing at the age of 8 with the Camborne Youth Band. Since that time she has also played for Redruth, Lanner, St Austell, Camborne and Mount Charles bands. She joined the St Dennis Band in 2016.
Becki works for the Economic Development and Culture Service, Cornwall Council.