Blowing my own (trumpet) horn!


Active Member
James McFadyen (Composer)
Repiano @ Tullis Russell Mills Band (2002 - Present)
Lead Trumpet @ Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra (1995 - 2002, Playing Lead from 1996 - 2002])
Soprano @ Buckhaven and Methil Band (1997 - 2000)
3rd Cornet @ Buckhaven and Methil Band (1993 - 1995)

Having noted Mr McFayden's signature I was thinking about changing mine to:

Solo Horn@Cardiff Canton (1973-present)
Solo Horn @Cardiff Canton YP Band (1968-1973)
2nd horn @Cardiff Canton (1965-1968)
Solo Horn @ SA National School Music A Band (1981,1982,1984)
Solo Horn @ SA Welsh School of Music (1970 - 1977)
Solo Horn @ NYBBW Ensemble (1985-6ish)
Solo Horn @ Cardiff Schools Senior Brass Band (1970-1975)
Principal French Horn @Cardiff Schools A Orchestra(1971-1977)
3rd French Horn @Cardiff Schools A Orchestra(1970)

'Dep'ed' with Roath Temple SA, Poole SA, Staines SA and several others that I have forgotten (1973-present).

I await some other signatures with bated ( bored) breath.


Active Member
You missed out playing at the walls of Jericho when they fell down. :lol: :wink: :wink: :twisted: :twisted: :lol: :twisted:


It took a bit of memory searching, but:

3rd & 2nd Trumpet Fareham and Gosport Youth Wind Band (198?)
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Trumpet @ Hitchin Boys' School Big Band, Junior Band & Orchestra (1991-1998)
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Trumpet, Cornet & Flugel @ North Herts Music School Brass & Wind Bands
3rd & 2nd Cornet & Flugel @ Letchworth Garden City Band (1993? - 1998)
3rd & 2nd Trumpet & Flugel @ Herts County Youth Brass (199?)
2nd Trumpet @ Generation Jazz Dance Band (1996-1997)
1st & 2nd Trumpet @ Benslow Windtime (1996-1997)
2nd & Solo Cornet @ Hitchin Town Band (1998?)
3rd Trumpet @ University of Warwick Big Band (1998-1999)
Trumpet @ University of Warwick Symphonic Brass
Trumpet @ University of Warwick Wind Orchestra (1998-1999)
Flugel, Solo, 3rd & 2nd Cornet & Perc. @ University of Warwick Brass Band (1998 - Present)
Solo Cornet @ Amersham Town Band (2001?)
3rd Cornet @ City of Coventry Brass (2002 - Present)

Depped for (i.e. played with once or twice): Bedworth Brass Band, Rolls Royce (Coventry), Shipston Town Band, Welwyn Garden City Band, Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra, University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra, University of Warwick Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University of Warwick Brass Quintet, Camping & Caravanning Club Band.

I think.


Active Member
Hell that's a lot of bands you've all been in. Mine is spectacularly feeble in comparison! (I only started banding 3 years ago!)

Bass trombone @ YB2K 2000-01
2nd trombone @ YB2K 2001-02
Principal trombone @ YB2K 2002-Present
2nd Trombone @ Flixton 2003-Present

Guested for Kettering Silver Band, Corby Town Band and Foresters Brass 2000.

I don't like to stay in the same seat more than a year or so... Might have to put in a bit of work to get the top seat at Flixton though!


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Maestro said:
I'm surprised you don't remember Mike. I was the little lad carrying your stuff.
I remember now. I take it your memory problems caused by bumps on the head from the falling rocks are better?


Mines a bit dull too!!

Wardle High School- many bands! 1990-1995
Wardle Youth Brass Band 1995-1996
Wardle & District Anderson Brass 1997- 2002
Haslingden & Helmshore Band 2002- present

Wardle Community Band 2001
Wardle & District Anderson Brass 2000-2001 (Dep M.D.)
Littleborough Public Brass Band 2001- present

Di B

Gawd! I don't know if I can remember that far back!!!!!!!! Some of the years, especially thos early on may be a bit off!

2003-??? Training Band Condr Matlock Band
2001-??? Solo Euphonium & Matlock Band
<another retreat to sanity>
1998 - Solo Euphonium Daw Mill Colliery
1998 - Teaching Juniors Daw Mill Colliery
<sane part of my life - I didn't play>
1996 - 2nd Euphonium Newstead Welfare
1994-1996 - 2nd Baritone Nottingham City Transport
1994 (one contest) - Solo Euph Pleasley Welfare Band
1990-1994 - Solo Euph Long Eaton Silver Prize Band
1989 - 2nd Euph Long Eaton Silver Prize Band
1988 - 1st Baritone Long Eaton Silver Prize Band
1988 - 2nd Baritone Long Eaton Silver Prize Band

1988 -1989 Baritone - South East Derbyshire Music Centre Jnr Band
South East Derbyshire Brass Band
South East Derbyshire Schools Band

Sept 1987 - Given a huge lumping baritone by school when I wanted to play sax! :x

Guested for: Kirkby Colliery, Shirebrook, Shirland, Shirley (if your band begines with SH I'll help you!), Bestwood, Beeston Band (god Bless Ernie!), Enderby, Staffs Building Society, Carlton Brass and all ex bands!

I am now gonna print this off so I can remember it - the memory is fading over the years! :hammer


eerrr.....dull but here goes!!

1988ish Harborough band training band
1989ish???? - 1994/5ish 2nd Baritone/1st Baritone Harborough band
1991ish-1995ish 1st Baritone Youth Brass 2000
1994/5ish Ancient order of foresters band
1995ish-1998 1st Baritone Wigston Band

then I went to university (sept 1997) and my baritone errr 'disappeared' so had to get a new one and did not really play for 3 years :( :(
january 2000 01- present 2nd Euphonium Long Eaton Silver Prize band
2001 - present 1st Baritone Long Eaton Silver prize band

I have only guessed the years - I was in my teens and the years just went passed in a bit of a blur!!!! :oops:

well there you go then my banding life!!!

James McFadyen

New Member
It's like a Digital CV in here :lol:

Let's see who has played in the most bands! :wink:

For that, me might need to be looking at people over 90............................Roger?...................Only kidding!!


Supporting Member
This tests the old grey cells doesn't it!
For what it's worth, this is what mine would look like:

1966 - 1968 - Pevensey Silver Band
1967 - 1969 - Eastbourne Brass Ensemble
1967 - 1974 - occasssional member of Hooe Village Band
1967 - 1968 - The Hastings Band
1968 - 1974 - Sussex Brass
1968 - 1970 - Hastings Youth Band
1974 - 1979 - Band of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
1975 - 1976 - Kneller Hall Band
1976 - West London Wind Orchestra
1977 - 1979 - The Red Umbrella Dance Band (tpt)
1981 - Sounds of Swing Big Band
1982 ish - Halisham & Vines Cross Modern Brass
1981 - 1985 - Sussex Brass
1986 - 1988 - occassional member of Eastbourne Silver Band
1985 - Present - Uckfield Industries/Friday Ad Brass/Uckfield Concert Brass (Soprano, Resident Conductor, Musical Director)
1989 - Hangleton Youth Band (Cond)
1990 - The Hangleton Band (Cond)
1986 - 1986 - The Paul Turner Big Band - Lead trumpet
1985 - 1990 - The Dave Masters Big Band - Lead Trumpet
1986 - 1996 - The Tony Strudwick Orchestra - Lead trumpet
1980's - 6 months Horsham Borough (Cond)
1996 - present - MD & Trumpet, The Classic Dance Band
1996 - present - The Govan Basement Orchestra (tpt & leader)
2000 - present - Mid Sussex Brass (Cond)
late 90's - present - The Sussex Symphony Orchestra (tpt)
occassional - Sussex Symphony Brass (Cond)
Tour of Mons - Plus Brass - appeared as "wooly the stick"
One off appearance with Alder Valley Brass on Timpani
Also seen on Wogan, National Lottery Live, Hearts of Gold
Former Executive Committee member of SCABA
Former Member of London & Southern Counties Regional Committee

I would not be surprised if I've missed some out!


Active Member
Guess I've played for relatively few bands then...

Horn, Baritone, Trombone - Standish Brass Band 1990(ish)-2000
Trombone - Chorley Silver Band (RIP) 2000 - 2001
Euphonium - Lostock Hall Memorial Band 2002 - present.
1993-1999 Clarinet then Tuba (Bb Bass) Newfield Community Band
1994-2000 Bb Bass - Loxley Silver Band
1999-2003 Eb Bass - Oughtibridge Brass Band
2001- Tuba (Eb Bass) Hallamshire Military Concert Band
2003- Eb Bass - Chapeltown Silver Prize Band


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pfffffffffft mines feeble....

Stockport Schools Intermidiate Band 2001-2002
Stcokport Schools Senior Band 2002-present
Flixton Band 2002-present

i forgot to add one (like itll make soooooo much difference)

Aquinas Orchestra 2002-present

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Staff member
Better not be left out of this one!

Alto saxophone, Windsor Schools Orchestra(1967-71)
Viola and clarinet, Windsor High School Orchestra(1969-70)
Bassoon, alto sax and french horn, Binley Park School Orchestra(1971-73)
Bassoon and alto sax, Coventry Music Centre Concert Band(1971-73)
Alto and baritone sax, Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra(1971-73)
Baritone sax, Rehearsal Big Band(1972-73)
2nd horn, 2nd baritone and bass trombone, Coventry Festival Band(1971-73)
Alto, Soprano and Baritone Sax, Coldstream Guards Band(1973-76)
Euphonium and EEb Bass, Balham Congress Hall Band(1974-76)
1st/2nd Horn, South London Divisional Youth Band(1974-76)
BBb Bass, Disciples of Jesus Sessional Band, ITC(1976-78)
2nd Trombone, Williamstown Band(1978-79)
EEb Bass and 1st horn, Cambridge Heath Band(1979-83)
2nd horn, EEb Bass and 2nd Baritone, Red Shield Band(1980-81)
Bass Trombone, Sunderland Millfield Band(1983-88)
Trombone, horn & EEb bass, Bolton Citadel Band(1988-91)
2nd Baritone, BBb Bass, EEb bass Hadleigh Temple Band(1991-present)
Euphonium & EEb Bass, Hadleigh Temple Y.P. Band(1993-5)
Alto saxophone, The Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble(1992-present)

Plus various choirs and anything else I may have forgotten!


I started sketching out mine, and I feel quite embarrassed that I've have played for so many bands.

Brass Banding
2002 – present Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (1st trom)
2001 – 2002 Travelsphere Holidays Band (2nd trom)
2001 Long Eaton Silver Prize (had to help out Shaz) (1st trom)
2000 Woolley Pritchard Sovereign (2nd trom)
1997 – 2000 Nottingham City Transport (1st trom)
1997 Kirkby Colliery Band (1st trom)
1996 - 1997 Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (1st trom)
1996 Ransomes (1st trom)
1995 – 1997 Blidworth Colliery Band (1st trom)
1994 – 1995 Riddings Band (2nd trom)
1992 – 1994 Had a break from playing regularly, just depped around.
1988 – 1992 Britannia Airways Band (1st, 2nd trom)
1986 – 1991 Derbyshire County Youth Wind Band and Brass Band (1st trom)
1985 – 1987 Orion Airways Band (2nd Horn, 2nd Baritone, 1st trom)
1984 – 1985 South East Derbyshire Youth Band (2nd horn)
1983 – 1988 South East Derbyshire Music Centre including
Concert Band, Youth Orchestra, Brass Band (euph, horn, bari, trom)

Other playing experience.
Stapleford Big Band (lead)
Terry Peters Big Band (lead)
Bob Wilson Big Band (lead)
Nottingham Jazz Orchestra (lead)
The Burton Big Band (lead)
National Youth Jazz Orchestra (one gig I was 29 and they were short handed for the first part of the concert) (2nd)
The UK Squadronaires (2nd)
Bentley Brass 10 piece ensemble (2nd and euph)
Nottingham Brass Quintet (trom)
No Strings Attached Brass and Percussion Ensemble (trom) whenever we get together for a rehearsal
The Avengers Soul Band (trom)
Vince Eager and Reunion (I needed the money, Elvis covers all night) (trom)
The Commandments (Commitments tribute band) (trom)
The Mother Funking Blues Band (this is not a spelling mistake) (trom)

Done loads of depping with loads of Bands at any level, I really don't mind so long as I am playing, and also done loads of theatre shows as well.

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