Andi Cook

Andi started his playing career with the Yorkshire Building Society Junior Band on Eb Bass before joining Yorkshire Co-op in 2004. He then received the call to join the Bb Bass ranks and has had successful spells with Wakefield Metropolitan, Hebden Bridge and Hammonds Saltaire where he helped the band with their successful qualification for the British Open in 2014. More recently Andi has played with Slaithwaite and Drighlington before joining the Imps. Andi is a keen writer and arranger and has worked on several notable projects also writing solos for the Principal players of Grimethorpe Colliery Band and James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

John Grayson

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.