1. Principal Cornet – Richard Rowe

    Richard joined the band on 2nd cornet in February 2002 in time for the Regional championships after a 22 year break in playing. He started playing aged 9 with Camborne Junior band, and progressed to the “B” band. He later played for Redruth, St. Keverne and Camborne bands before taking a break in 1981.

    During his time with Lanner, he has played Repiano and Tutti solo cornet before moving onto the Principal cornet seat in time for the 2006 Regionals, where he made his debut on “Journey To The Centre of the Earth”.

    2007 was a very difficult year for the band, where major rebuilding was necessary and contesting was not possible, so Richard temporarily contested with Mount Charles Band, which cumulated in an appearance at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall playing “Battle Creek”.

    Richard is very involved in the running of the band and is the Facilities Manager and Assistant Treasurer (his wife Julie is Treasurer). He is also a Life Member and Trustee. His most challenging role was acting as the Project Manager for the new Bandroom facility which was constructed in 2013/14.

    Richard is a Building Control Manager and works for Cornwall Council.

  2. Solo Cornet – Lee Rouse

    The longest serving playing member of the band Lee started playing at the age of eight with the then Lanner Junior Band, it wasn’t long before he progressed to the senior band and has since sat in all cornet positions including short spells on soprano and principal. Lee was Chairman of the organisation for nine years before stepping down in 2017 to enable him more time to dedicate to youth music both with our own Academy where he is Manager (which he was instrumental in establishing back in 2010) as well as being a Trustee of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band.

    Lee is an accountant by profession and currently works in Plymouth as Chief Finance Officer for a leading provider of support services to people with a learning disability and/or autism and Chief Executive Officer to a charity providing specialist accommodation solutions.

  3. Solo Cornet – Sharon Dower

    Sharon started her playing at the age of 8 with the St Stythians Band.  A former pupil of the late Albert Chappell she has also played with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, Redruth Band and Camborne Band.  After a 5 year break Sharon joined Lanner Band in 2003 and during her time with the band has played 3rd Cornet, Flugel and Rep.  By day Sharon is a Licensing Officer with Cornwall Council.

  4. Solo Cornet – Elliot Smith

    Elliot joined the Lanner Brass Academy in 2011 after starting to learn the Cornet at school.  He swiftly progressed and moved onto Soprano Cornet. In September 2014 Elliot auditioned and joined the Cornwall Youth Brass Band.  In March 2016 Elliot moved to Bb Cornet 2 weeks before taking part in the area qualifying contest with the senior band and has been there ever since, along with his sister, Morwenna on Trombone, and parent’s Jason and Tracey.

  5. Soprano Cornet – Amanda Gardner

    Amanda started playing the cornet aged 9 at Carharrack & St Day band, taught by our current flugel player Tania. Moving to Redruth Band aged 11 under the baton of David Loukes, saw Amanda put on soprano cornet, which she has played pretty much solidly since.  Joining Pendennis after 5 years working in London, Amanda got the banding bug again and was with them through their achievements throughout the years. The most memorable being 10 successive wins at Exmouth Entertainment contest and especially winning the soloist prize, which was the highlight of her banding career so far.

    During the day Amanda works for Cornwall Housing as a Prevention & Engagement Officer.


  6. Repiano Cornet – Siana Rouse

    Siana started to play the cornet at 6 years old and joined the Lanner Brass Academy when it was formed in 2010 on Solo Cornet. She then moved into the Principal seat where she remained for 7 years.

    In 2013 at the age of 10 Siana successfully passed an audition to join the Cornwall Youth Brass Band of which she is still a member.

    Siana was encouraged to join the senior band rehearsals by the then musical director Stuart Chappell to gain experience and to help her progress. She was very proud to be asked to play at her first contest with the band in 2015 on 3rd Cornet.

    She now enjoys playing Repiano Cornet and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

  7. 2nd Cornet – Sharon Hooper

    Sharon started playing with Truro Band at the age of 12 for 4 years, she then moved to St Agnes Band for several years. Then saw a move to Lanner & District for 9 years before joining Camborne Band for 6 years. During her time at Camborne she enjoyed many successes including performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on four occasions and was part of the hat trick of wins at the West of England Bandsmens Festival in Bugle.

    Sharon rejoined lanner in 2006 for 10 years, took a short break and returned in 2018.

  8. 2nd Cornet – Karen Coad

    Karen joined the band on Third Cornet in 2013. She started playing at the age of six with Carharrack and St Day band, starting on Third Cornet and moved up through the ranks to Solo Cornet and finally moving to Solo Horn. She stayed there until she got married and stopped playing for twenty two years to raise two children. She started playing again in 2009 with Redruth Town Band on Flugel Horn until joining Lanner. 2018 saw here move onto 2nd cornet.

  9. 3rd Cornet – Kenwyn Tonkin

    Kenwyn started playing at the age of 10 or so with the Salvation Army where he then joined Camborne Band briefly in 72-73 then left to join Lanner and stayed on 2nd man down next to Wayne Brown. He left Lanner in 1979 to join the army as a musician with the band of the Light Infantry the same band as Steve Coad and Shaun Jenkin.

    Kenwyn left the army 9 years later and was appointed as principal cornet with the Carharrack Band only to join St Austell Band a year later. Other bands included taking a spell with St Dennis where after a while there he then left banding for a few years to concentrate as an entertainer. Banding in his veins he then joined Hayle band and helped them rise from the 4th section up to the 2nd, again on 2nd man down before joining Lanner again around 2009 to the present day!

    Worst piece he’s played…. Splits!….. he means Blitz!!

    Favourite piece…. Diadem of Gold!

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