Hailing from the mysterious “down south”, James started playing the tuba at the Redbridge Music Service in East London, before moving to Leeds to study music. When he isn’t playing BBb Bass at Imps he can be found playing in orchestras, wind bands, the riot jazz band Hyde Park Brass and the prizewinning White Rose Brass Quintet, amongst a whole host of others. He also conducts the university brass band and composes, alongside his studies and playing commitments.
John started his playing career at the age of 13 with Loxley Junior Band, Sheffield, on the tenor horn and was then moved on to Bass Trombone, the ‘G’ Trombone actually, then John was given a Bb Bass and moved to my village band in Stannington. John soon progressed, and joined Ecclesfield Band under the leadership of Yorkshire Imps’ Alan Exley who took them to gain the title of ‘4th Section National Champions’ in 1978.
John met his wife whilst ‘depping’ at Woodhouse Band, Sheffield and has the accolade of being their longest serving ‘borrowed’ player, this title he still holds today. John joined them for 3 overseas tours as to Russia, Belgium and Malta.
Ecclesfield Band unfortunately disbanded in 1980s and John joined the then ‘Barrow Colliery Band’ (now Barnsley Brass) under the mighty Steve Sykes, gaining many contest wins. From there he joined Chapeltown and spent 10 years with them reaching the Championship section before moving to Stocksbridge Band, then going full circle back to his roots and Stannington.
John is very excited to join the bass section of the mighty “Imps” and is looking forward to being a member of Yorkshire Imperial David Urquhart Travel Band.