Principal Cornet – Alan Fowler

Alan started playing the trumpet at the age of 7 when his name was pulled out of a hat for a new trumpet at junior school.

Alan quickly saw sense and changed to cornet and the joined his first brass band ….

That first band was the newly formed Tingley band and he had his first lessons from trumpeter, Keith Holmes who progressed him through the music grades to eventually achieve grade 8 with distinction at the age of 14. Alan changed bands during this time and joined ‘Warren Band’ under the baton of Duncan Beckley, initially as Repiano Cornet and then progressed to Principal Cornet. Alan was also principal cornet of the northern youth brass band and helped them qualify for the national finals at the Albert hall in 1987 where they came a creditable 2nd. Alan then played principal cornet for his first championship section band – the Lindley band before moving to the Hammond Sauce Works Band in 1990.

Hammonds was conducted by the late and great Geoffrey Whitham at this time and Alan took the opportunity to take some lessons from him. Hammonds band attained a new sponsorship in 1993 and became the legendary Yorkshire building society band. A serious car crash at the end of 1993 meant that Alan’s teeth (and embouchure) had to be rebuilt and in that time David King took over from Geoff Whitham at YBS during Alan’s playing absence. Alan continued to have very close connections with Yorkshire Building Society band and had some lessons from Dr David king …. But decided to join “The Imps” in 1994 on Principal Cornet. Alan has been with the band ever since and enjoyed success at the highest level …. Highlights being the brass in concert title at Spennymoor / participation in the world music festival in Holland and performing at all the major UK contests.

The band has performed the length and breadth of the UK and Alan has always enjoyed the team ethic and people that have been part of ‘the Imps’ over the last 20 years! Travelling for hours on buses would have been unbearable if it wasn’t for these people! Alan has also enjoyed success in numerous solo competitions across the country and was a finalist in the national solo championships of Great Britain achieving the best cornet soloist award playing Del Steigers ‘Carnival of Venice’ which is sometimes on the Imps concert programme
More recently Alan has also played with ‘Fanfare Brass’ – a 5 piece brass ensemble and undertook a successful trip to Denmark with them in 2013 to perform at the international music festival in Ballerup. After 20 years playing at the imps … Alan knows there is no other band for him …. The band has changed so much during this time and he is currently the longest serving member.
Alan feels that currently the band has a strong team and he is looking forward to the resurgence of the Imps and many more years of enjoyment.

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Assistant Principal Cornet – Ash Paradise

Ash started playing cornet at the age of 11 in 2005, and joined her first ensemble at the age of 12; the Hobart Youth Winds in Tasmania, Australia.

She joined the Hobart Junior Brass and Hobart ‘A grade’ (equivalent of Championship Section) brass bands also at the age of 12. She started out on bumper up in the junior band, before moving to principal cornet in her second year of playing in the ensemble. 

In the ‘senior band’ she moved up the ranks from bottom third cornet, eventually playing bumper up. When Hobart Brass became Glenorchy City Concert Brass Ash continued to play in the band, moving to repiano cornet.

Ash has had the fortune to play in many State and National contests around Australia, having played in the Yamaha Australian National Band Championships in Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as at the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands (FABB) in Brisbane, and on a tour of New Zealand.

Having played cornet, soprano cornet and trumpet in various other ensembles such as orchestras, wind bands, big bands and chamber groups, Ash eventually saw the light and when she moved to England brought only her cornet with her. She is now solely pursuing her primary musical interest, brass bands.
Ash moved to Yorkshire soon after arriving in the UK, and has been playing with Yorkshire Imps ever since.

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Soprano Cornet – David Notley

As the Brass teacher of Harrow, Kellett, Chinese and Nord Anglia International Schools in HK and the “British School Al Khubairat” and Dubai College in the UAE. Also the Assistant Musical Director and of the UAE Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the UAEPO, DPO, DFO, Bahrain Festival Orchestra and Syrian National Orchestra! His Jazz groups “Stay Katz” in HK, “Kaleidoscope” and AD Big band played at the Fridge Festival, Dubai International Jazz Festival, Sundance, Chill-out Festivals, World Travel Awards, British Embassy, Emirates Palace and Atlantis Hotel many times.

An ex-Principal cornet with Kew Band, Melbourne, Matthews Norfolk Brass. Ex-assistant Principal Cornet with many of the World’s top brass bands including Black Dyke, B&R, GUS and leader of “The Young Ambassadors BB of GB” on 5 international tours to Europe and the USA. He is signed to the Red Bull label “One28” where he is featured in “Deep House” recordings. After a major traffic accident, David completed an MA in Embouchure and Musculature problems, and his UAE pupils have scored excellent results in ABRSM and Trinity exams including a Licentiate (degree equivalent) in year 10 and many have gone on to Full-time music study. His UAE pupils played for HM the Queen, Princes Philip, Charles, Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Tony Blair, Pele, YoYoMa etc.

From January 2016 he has been playing Soprano with Wingates Band and has been favourably mentioned in dispatches many times by the adjudicators at the North West areas, Brighouse, Morley and Hebden Bridge contest this year. His time at Wingates was curtailed by a further medical complication which seems to have cleared up now! He is Performing Arts teacher at a school in Bradford.

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Repiano Cornet

Following in her Lippeatt family footsteps Kate started playing Flugel Horn at aged 7 in 1989, joining a local junior band Crystal Brass and shortly after the City of Sheffield Youth Brass Band along side a young Michael Dodd. She then spent many happy years playing at Maltby Miners Welfare Band, before joining Thoresby Colliery Band in 2003 on second cornet. In 2006 Kate became the bands Fugel Horn player and regular soloist and stayed in this position till having a year off playing in 2009 after having her second son.

In 2010 she returned on Repiano taking part in the National Finals on Breath of Souls in 2011. Since then Kate has had the opportunity to return to flugel featuring as soloist at concerts and the 2016 National Finals on Journey of the Lone Wolf.

Kate has been fortunate enough to play under the baton of many wonderful resident and professional conductors including; Gary Cutt, Ian Porthouse, Philip Harper, Ian McElligot, Mike Fowles, Derek Broadbent and Brian Grant who has been her tutor and mentor for many years.
After a recent break from playing Kate is very excited to be playing with such a friendly and talented band as the Yorkshire Imps and is very much looking forward to working again with Martin Heartfield and the experience of working for the first time with Russel Gray.

In her personal life Kate is married with two children and is professional Heart Failure Specialist Nurse in the High Peak and Dales.

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2nd Cornet 1 – Mandy Graham

Mandy started playing cornet at age 7 with her local village band Drighlington and quickly progressed passing her grade 5 at age ten years old under the tutelage of Ian Shires (Grimethorpe). She enjoyed many years at Drighlington being conducted by the likes of the late Eric Dews, Mark Bentham and Colin Hardy with the highlight of representing Yorkshire at the National Youth Championships at Wembley. It was at Drighlington that Mandy met her now husband Steve Graham (Euphonium), with whom she has two young daughters.

At age 18 Mandy moved to university in Newcastle and took a break from banding to focus on her studies, however upon returning to Yorkshire three years later soon found herself back in the banding scene. Mandy has played with several bands over the years, most recently with Crofton Silver, Meltham and Meltham Mills, and Wakefield Metropolitan. Mandy has spent many years playing the flugel horn, with a brief spell on tenor horn before returning to cornet only at the start of 2017. Throughout her time in banding Mandy has also enjoyed taking part in several European tours to Germany, France, Holland and Italy and has represented Yorkshire at the second and third section national finals.

Outside of banding Mandy works full time as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and is also completing her PhD. She enjoys spending time with her family and has a love of rollercoasters, scuba diving and action packed adventures!

Mandy is delighted to have been invited to join such a prestigious band as the Yorkshire Imps and is looking forward to a new and exciting challenge in what is her thirtieth year in brass banding!

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2nd Cornet 2 – Peter Kench

Peter has joined the band from Barton Town Band and has won his first contest with the band.




3rd Cornet 1 – Dan Bryant

Dan is currently studying for his degree at the Leeds College of Music under the tuition of Dave Hooper and Pete Mainwaring. Previously he has worked his way through the Wolverhampton Music Service and has played with many local bands and orchestras. Dan is delighted to have joined a band with such a rich heritage and is looking forward to learning from the wealth of experience around the stand at Imps.


3rd Cornet 2 – Ronan O’Neill

Ronan joined the band in August 2017 for his second stint, with the first being cut short due to work commitments. However a change of job has allowed Ronan to return to the band. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2016 where he studied cornet/trumpet. Ronan has experience playing with the top bands in his native Ireland and has experience playing in other ensembles. Ronan is looking forward to a long and successful career with the Yorkshire Imps and takes great pride in representing such a prestigious band once again.