1. EEb Bass – Matthew Nix

    Matt has been playing for 13 years. He joined the academy in 2010, and has been with the organisation since.

    Matt joined the senior band in June of 2021, but played carols with the band between 2014 and 2016. In the same years, he played with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band where he worked with many great musicians such as Phillip Harper, Les Neish and Tom Davoran to name a few. He was taught by Phil Matthews, as many of the bands younger members were.

    Matt’s favourite banding memory was playing with CYBB at Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to Padstow in 2015.

    Outside of band he enjoys gardening, and works as a Groundsman at a local golf club.

  2. BBb Bass – Jason Smith

    Jason (Gormo) started playing at the age of 9 in St Ives Band.  After stints with the St Ia Brass Ensemble, Hayle Town Band and Camborne Youth Band, at the age of 16 he joined Camborne Town Band and was there for 20 years.  During those years he enjoyed many contest successes including playing at the Royal Albert Hall on many occasions, hat-tricks at Bugle band contest, touring in France with Brenda Wootten as well as other European concerts.

    Whilst at Camborne he played under conductors such as Derek Greenwood, Leonard Adams, Richard Evans, Frank Renton, Gary Cutt, David Hamilton to name but a few. As well playing in Camborne Band, Jason was also a member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and whilst helping out in 1993 on tour in Austria, Jason met Tracey.  In 2011 their children joined Lanner Brass Academy at the start of their musical journey and since then have progressed and so now all four family members are full time players in the senior band.

  3. BBb Bass – Shaun Jenkin

    Shaun started playing at the age of 14. Bands that Shaun has been associated with over the years include Gwennap Band, City of Truro and St Keverne. He also served in the Light Infantry Band along with fellow Lanner band members Steve Code and Kenwyn Tonkin.

    Shaun is a life member of the band having been with them for over 33 years! He is also a trustee and committee member and has seen the band progress from the 3rd section to Championship where in that time he has played both Eb & Bb bass. Favourite piece, Sunset Rhapsody.

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