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Front Row Cornets

A brass band has more cornets than any other instrument with 10 being the normal compliment. The front row cornets usually take the lead with the melodies in most music.

Craig Chapman (Principal Cornet)
Craig hails from Wales but studied at the University of Salford from 1994-97. This is where he gained his brass band experience under the tuition of John Hudson and David King. He has played his way through most sections of the brass band world. He states his favourite moments were winning the Grand Shield with Cwmaman Institute conducted by John Hudson as well as playing principal cornet at the Wessex Youth Brass Band under Derek Broadbent. 

He has had a bit of a break from brass bands over the last 10 years but has been playing lots of trumpet in all sorts of interesting bands and groups from Folk to Funk and lots more. This year he played the Hay Festival with Cerys Matthews & The Green Man festival with John Mouse.

He loves to produce his own music and has spent many years learning the guitar and setting up his home recording studio. Yes, he is music mad! Last year he wrote a soundtrack for a BBC film that was broadcast on BBC2 Wales. 

He says he is now itching to get himself back into brass band music and feels honoured to be playing with Brighton & Hove City Brass Band.

Martin Shelley
Martin has been playing in the band since 1992 and has played in every position on the back row before moving to the front row in 2007. Martin has spent several years on the committee but stepped down following the birth of his daughter Rhiannon in 2013.

Andy Wooler
Whilst Andy has only recently joined us, he has been contesting with the band for at least 15 years!

He brings with him a wealth of diverse experience having been active across many genres from Big bands through to Orchestral. He studied at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall during a 6 year spell in The Parachute Regiment. Andy is currently Chair of The Sussex Symphony Orchestra, MD of travelling band "Coronation Brass" and still plays on a regular basis with Cologne Concert Brass in Germany where he spent the last 4 years prior to returning to live in Brighton.

Highlights of his career to date include appearances on The Wogan Show, being part of a one time Guinness Book of records entry for the biggest marching band at Wembley Stadium, conducting the "Midsomer Brass Band" in the TV series and playing in the top section at the German national finals in 2016. 

Outside of banding and work, Andy is most likely to be found at The London Stadium supporting his beloved Hammers!

Claire Pickard
Another welcome addition to our front row is Claire who joined us in July 2016. Claire also has heaps of experience in brass and concert bands.