Cornets

Tracey Bennett

Principal Cornet

Tracey, a graduate of the London College of Music and Media, learnt to play cornet aged seven and achieved grade eight at 13. She was principal cornet with Ocean Brass for several years and currently occupies the principal chair at Gosport Solent Brass, helping them towards four lower section national finals appearances in recent years.

Michael Brook

Soprano Cornet

Michael runs a dog grooming business on the island. He started playing trumpet aged 8 and played in local youth orchestras in Huddersfield. He moved into brass bands aged 14 where he played Soprano cornet in bands throughout Yorkshire and the North West.

Julie Littlemore

Assistant Principal Cornet

Julie runs her own structural engineering firm with offices on  the Isle of Wight and in Hertfordshire. She has been playing cornet since secondary school and as well as playing in Abbey Brass she also plays with the Island Concert Band and Vectis Corp & Drums.

Steve Parker

Solo Cornet

Peter McMurtry

Solo Cornet

Peter is fairly new to brass bands and has been playing cornet since 2010, shortly after coming to the island from Australia. He also plays sax in a couple of other bands on the island. Any little, spare time is spent walking, cycling, playing snooker and darts.

Caitlin Birtwistle

Repiano Cornet

Caitlin  started learning to play the cornet six years ago. As well as playing for Abbey Brass, she also plays in a number of groups at school. In her spare time she likes reading, running and swimming.

Sue Hancock

Second Cornet

Sue has been playing cornet on the Island since she was eight years old. Sue likes being part of such an enthusiastic group of players. When not working as a carer, Sue loves sewing and walking, as well as making music. 

Helen Ralfs

Second Cornet

Helen grew up on the Island and began cornet lessons aged 7, taught by her Dad. She played in brass bands on the mainland before moving back in 2021 to join her old friends in banding once again. Helen works in the NHS. She loves the fun and camaraderie that playing music together brings.

Joy Parker

Third Cornet

Hilary Reeve

Third Cornet

Hilary started playing cornet at 12 but now plays Flugel Horn. She has enjoyed playing for 60 years, making friends and playing in places across the globe like Jersey, Germany, Poland and Disneyland in the US. She has also done a stint at HM Prison (as a visitor), Windsor Castle and Heathrow T5. Hilary's favourite brass band is Cory.

Maria Nicholson

Third Cornet

Maria  works as a chiropractor and has played cornet since her school days. She was a long-serving member of the Isle of Wight Youth Concert Band and Medina Marching Band.

Horns

Andy Croucher

Flugel Horn

Andy is one of the three founding members of the Band and also Chairman. He learned to play the Cornet at the age of 7 in the Salvation Army. After a brief time in the Band of The Blues and Royals, Andy has has a varied career in executive roles in the Imaging, IT and Electronics Industry. He is now happily retired!

Glynis Marsh

Solo Horn

Glynis moved to the island from Lancashire in 2001. Her father inspired her to play when she was 7 years old, as did his father before him. Glynis is a social worker and therapist and helps distressed children with their mental health. She is also the band's safeguarding officer.

Glenis Croucher

First Horn

Glenis worked as an SEO in the Home Office in London and, more recently, she had an ice cream business on Cowes beach. Her favourite job is being a grandma. Glenis loves banding, singing, cruises and retired life.

Sue Birtwistle

Second Horn

Sue learnt to play the trumpet at school and then played cornet in The Salvation Army before moving to the tenor horn. She gave up banding for over 30 years, but thankfully returned to playing about 6 years ago.

Baritones & Euphoniums

Sam Heath

First Baritone

Hi, I'm Sam married to Gray, Baritone is the instrument that I like to play. Also a Mother and Grammy to two, I drive a Bus, have a cat and a Cockerpoo. Not much else to really say, think I'll save it for another day.

Eve Woolnough

Second Bartione

Eve has recently joined the band after spending several years in the banding wilderness. A brief biography will appear soon.

Will Doyle

Solo Euphonium

Will started on cornet, aged 7, before moving to euphonium. He studied both euphonium and trombone at the Royal Welsh College of Music, when he also joined Tredegar Town Band. Will teaches at a local school where he continues to champion the role of the arts in education. He is also a member of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra.

Tony Hebditch

Second Euphonium

Tony began playing cornet at 7. He had a career in hospital management, with a new hospital he commissioned and ran being a highlight. In retirement he established Abbey Brass and was its first Chairman. His other interests are DIY, snooker and golf (once getting a hole-in-one!). His family, 
3 children and 10 grandchildren, figure prominently in his life.

Trombones

Mark Chittenden

First Trombone

Mark hails from London and while at college played for the erstwhile Hanwell Band. For several years he was Principal Trombone with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. Although he no longer plays in the orchestra full time he is a member of Symphony Brass, a brass group drawn from players past and present with the orchestra.

Simon Smith

Second Trombone

Simon started playing in brass bands at the age of six, moving to trombone at thirteen. He works as a civil servant in a comms role and in his spare time, as well as banding, he enjoys watching non-league football and cheering on his son, who plays for Brading Youth FC.

Terry Patrick

Bass Trombone

Terry started playing at 11. Seeing a bass trombone he knew that was what he wanted to play! He was in various brass and wind bands before joining the Army and attending the Army Junior School of Music. He is a Senior Clinical Effectiveness Advisor in the NHS.

Basses

Alison Pearce

First E flat Bass

Alison started playing the tuba at the age of 12. It has taken her to some interesting places including on the Somme, up a hill in Italy, at the Whit Friday marches and more recently in the pit for A Sound of Music in Shanklin Theatre.

Colin Hendry

Second E flat Bass

Learning to play cornet at eight years old with The Salvation Army, Colin later moved to E flat Bass, which he has played for over 40 years. He was an IT Professional before retiring. He has four children and eight grandchildren, all of which keep him busy. Colin moved to the island in 2021. 

Rodney Bean

First B flat Bass

Rodney started playing baritone with the Salvation Army Band in Chelmsford aged ten.  He switched to E flat bass at 14. moving to the B flat bass only a couple of years ago. He moved to the Island in 2013 to take up his role of Captain of the IW Salvation Army Corps.

Sam Wright

Second B flat Bass

Sam joined the band in early October. Previously he played bass trombone with Gosport Solent Brass. A brief biography will appear shortly.

Percussion

David Harrison

Kit

David is not only a versatile percussionist but also a fire performing stilt walker! He works as the Quartermaster (in charge of maintenance) for the Salvation Army. His time is divided up between home, work, kids, fire practice and band. 

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