Cornet player available in Darlington area

Discussion in 'Recruitment Corner' started by carl.leah, Mar 17, 2010.

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  1. carl.leah

    carl.leah New Member

    Played cornet from the age of 10’ish I think, played with the school brass band ‘Canon Slade’, Bolton. Memorable performances include Children in Need, presented by Phillip Schofield at the Royal Albert Hall and for Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Bolton in 1988. I also played for the Bolton Youth Brass Band until I joined the army as a musician from leaving school in 1989. My first posting was to the Army Junior School of Music in Bovington, Dorset where I achieved Grade 8 cornet and Grade 5 piano. I joined the band of the Queens Lancashire Regiment after passing out from the school of music. The most memorable performance being ‘The Last Berlin Tattoo’, 1994, Queen Elizabeth was in the audience again!, I also appeared on ‘Songs of Praise’ for a service in memory of the Accrington Pals. I left the army in 1994, played briefly with Eagley Brass Band, Bolton before hanging up my cornet!!
    I’m now a Mechanical Engineer and moved to Darlington in 2005 for a job…..
    Getting to the point, sixteen years has been long enough a break from playing a cornet in a brass band. I am now actively seeking a position in a brass band, in or within reasonable reach of Darlington.
  2. dave jake

    dave jake Member

    I'll be there with Dunston and as a bonus we're not in 4 Bars Rests reckoning so we might do alright. See you all for a beer or 10.
  3. wilearl

    wilearl Member

    How far are you willing to travel?
  4. dave jake

    dave jake Member

    sorry my last comment should be on another thread, silly me.
  5. carl.leah

    carl.leah New Member

    Within half an hour drive of Darlington preferably.
  6. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Murton Colliery are looking for cornet players. We're 1st section and our bandroom is just off the A19 near to Dalton Park.

    You're very welcome to come for a blow.

    Send me a message if you're interested

  7. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Carl, we know each other (as you'll see from your pm), I was married to Clare your cousin! :biggrin:

    Tyne & Wear
    Backworth Colliery Band - Backworth
    Dunston Silver Band - Dunston
    Felling Band - Felling
    Gateshead Brass - Gateshead
    Houghton Brass Band[​IMG] - Houghton-le-Spring
    Co. Durham
    Northern All Star Brass
    Chester-le-Street Riverside Brass Band Academy - Chester-Le-Street
    Tavistock Chester-le-Street Riverside Band - Chester-Le-Street
    Consett Brass - Consett
    Cockerton Band - Darlington
    Durham Constabulary Brass Band - Durham
    Durham University Brass Band - Durham
    Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band - Esh Winning
    Ferryhill Town Band - Ferryhill
    Lanchester Brass Band - Lanchester
    Middleton & Teesdale Silver Band - Middleton
    Murton Colliery Brass Band - Murton
    Aycliffe & Brancepeth Band - Newton Aycliffe
    Easington Colliery Band - Peterlee
    BHK UK Ltd Horden Band - Peterlee
    GT Group Band Peterlee - Peterlee
    Pittington Brass - Pittington
    Shildon Community Band[​IMG] - Shildon
    Broughtons Brass Band - South Hetton
    Spennymoor Town Band - Spennymoor
    Stanhope Silver Band - Stanhope
    Reg Vardy Band - Stanley
    Trimdon Concert Brass Band - Trimdon

    There's a few here you can be looking at, Courtesy of
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2010
  8. carl.leah

    carl.leah New Member

    Cheers Crawford, most helpful, I will check them out and keep you posted
  9. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Gateshead Brass and Horden are no longer with us, god rest their souls.

    However Westoe (based in Jarrow/South Shields) is missing from that list and we're still going strong!
  10. Wonky_Baton

    Wonky_Baton Active Member


    Cockerton Band is only a mile outside of Darlo. Good second section band with an excellent chance of qualifying for the areas. They practice in their own band room next to Cockerton band club Weds 7.30 - 9.30 and Sunday same time. Give me a ring on 07793 7639 75 and I will pass your details on. Played there 2-3 year ago and they were really good.
  11. drums4monty

    drums4monty Member

    Hi Carl

    I play for Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band based in Durham and we are looking for Cornet Players. I was also in the Last Berlin Tattoo, I was with the Band of The Light Division and I was also part of the skating band (do you remember that). Call me on 07940534859 if you fancy popping up to our bandroom for a blow.

    Monty Beaumont
  12. MUSH

    MUSH New Member

    Looking for a friendly/welcoming band.

    Hi Carl,
    Look no further, Fishburn could be your destination. Just 15 -20 minutes from Darlington.
    We are a long established Championship section band, with a long history of successes
    in the contesting arena. We also have a varied calendar of concert work.
    If you are interested, look us up on our website - or,
    as you live in Darlington, you could come along to the Dolphin centre on Sunday (21st), or
    give me a ring for a chat: 07801684609 (Malcolm Usher).
    I look forward to hearing from you.
  13. ersop

    ersop New Member


    Reg Vardy have a vacancy on the back row if you're interested. Were based in Stanley about 40 mins from Darlington and have a full diary of events coming up including the Royal Albert Hall in October as newly crowned Area Champions.
    If you fancy coming up for a blow give me a call on 07834 692470

  14. carl.leah

    carl.leah New Member

    Cockerton Silver it is

    Thanks for all the replies, in terms of section, rehearsal times, location, Cockerton Silver has ticked all the boxes. I attended a rehearsal last night and need look no further, this is the band for me.
  15. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Glad you're sorted Carl. Congrats on finding a band. Thread closed.
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