Front-Row Cornets

– Principal Cornet – VACANCY (Click here for info)
– Grace Thomas (Resident Principal Cornet)

– Profile to follow


– Scott Allen (Solo Cornet)

Scott started playing when he was 7 years of age, playing in the St Dennis Junior Band and having private lessons with Linda Trethewey. After a few years he started having lessons with Eddie Williams and also Peter Menear which led to him to join Kernow Brass on 3rd Cornet. As he progressed, he became a member of St Dennis Youth Band, Cornwall Youth Band and then St Dennis Senior Band. Scott also spent some time playing for St Austell and Bugle bands whilst receiving private tuition from the Bands current chairman Rodney Richards.

His highlights include being awarded best Cornet player in Youth section at Bugle contest in 1993 and then winning Bugle contest playing Eric Ball’s Journey into Freedom the following year. This was the last contest before he decided to take a break from playing. Scott returned to playing and the band in 2014 thanks to Colin Whitford’s persuasion.

Like the rest of the band, the 2016 contesting year has been unbelievably successful and one that will be hard to better.


– James Hammett (Solo Cornet)
James started playing cornet at the age of 11 in 2005 in Mount Charles Youth’s “Little Stars”, progressing into the Youth Band while under the personal tutorship of Bianca Davis. James rapidly gained experience at Mount Charles Youth and made several appearances with them at the National Youth Championships in Manchester, Music for Youth at the Symphony Hall Birmingham and The British Open Youth Championships at Prestatyn under Musical Directors such as Richard Marshall and Philip Harper.
In 2008 James spent some time at a successful St. Breward Band under Garry Lannie but in 2009 hitchhiked a ride with Garry into St. Dennis Band playing with the Senior, Junior and Youth Bands.
After finishing Secondary School and achieving Grade 8 on cornet, James went on to study A-Levels at Truro College and went on to study for a Degree in Biomedical Studies. After gaining his degree in 2015, James took up employment with the NHS and works in Pharmacy Technical Services at Treliske Hospital. Following the initial shock of having to get out of bed every morning, he finds the challenging work very satisfying.
James was also a member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band from 2007 to 2016 and attended no less than 18 Christmas and Easter Courses and was extremely proud to be the Principal Cornet for the 2015/16 season. The achievement of being made Principal was a real highlight in James’ career.
James has enjoyed many highlights with St. Dennis Band, a few being winning and playing in the square at Bugle Contest twice, winning the First Section National Finals and many other great contest performances under Darren Hawken.
James is currently very happy playing on the front row – the 2nd best section in the band!! Along with his brother, Solo Trombonist Andrew Hammett, he thoroughly enjoys the social side of St. Dennis Band – especially the bar and dancing!!