A brass band has more cornets than any other instrument with 10 being the normal compliment. On the back row a full line up is the Repiano, two seconds and two thirds taking the harmony parts. Over the top of all this is the soprano cornet, the highest pitched instrument in the band.
Andy Wooler - Soprano Cornet
Andy 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!
Connie Chadwick - Repiano Cornet
Connie joined us in October 2015 initially on the front row cornet section. She can currently be found on the back row, following the birth of her daughter.
Elspeth Hackett - 2nd Cornet
Elspeth joined the band in the summer of 2007 after playing for a band in Croydon for several years. She was 'persuaded' to join us by her husband Matthew who happens to be the current conductor of the band!
Amy Richardson - 2nd Cornet
The first time Amy picked up a brass instrument was in 2005 and after three months of tuition Amy joined the band and went on to win the Most Improved Player of the Year award for 2008. Anyone who wonders whether they can learn to play a new instrument as an adult should take this as proof that is can be done! Amy keeps herself busy with her day job as a solicitor.
Hilary Lowe - 3rd Cornet
After a long absence Hilary rejoined the band in the summer of 2006. She has been a member of the band on and off for almost 20 years. She has two grown-up daughters, one of whom is our band librarian.