May 11, 2021

Double Cornet Signing

By stdennisband

The band is delighted to announce the signing of two new tutti Solo Cornet players. Matthew and Clare Pitt, who recently returned to Matthew’s native Cornwall with their young family back in December. They both previously held membership with the London and Southern Counties Championship Section outfit, the Fulham Brass Band.

Clare has previously held the seat of Principal Cornet and Matthew, Assistant Principal and most recently Repiano Cornet with Fulham Brass Band  in addition to committee posts of Chair and Band Manager respectively. Back in 2016, Fulham Brass Band attended the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival (Bugle) contest with Clare taking home the special award of ‘Best Player’ in the First Section. 

Director of Music Mr Darren R. Hawken commented: ‘’I very much look forward to welcoming them into the fold when full band rehearsals resume in due course. Both Matthew and Clare are fully committed bands people and their playing attributes, enthusiasm, drive and passion will only benefit the holistic ensemble and help us considerably going forward whilst enabling the band to achieve our ambitious aims and objectives.’’

Clare comments: “I cannot wait to start rehearsing with St Dennis Band – they are a hardworking and talented ensemble. Very much looking forward to the summer ahead and being part of the banding community down here.”

Matthew commented: ‘’It is awesome to have received such a warm welcome to the band – they have a rich history woven into the fabric of Cornish banding and it’s great to have the opportunity to join such a fantastic ensemble.”