Tracey started playing in Lanner band at the age of 8 after helping out in the junior band nativity performance! During her teenage years Tracey played in several other bands, including the Cornwall Youth Brass Band under the guidance of Albert Chappell as well as many other influential conductors including Ray Farr, Howard Snell, Robert Childs, Nicholas Childs, Richard Evans, Leonard Adams and Derek Greenwood, to name a few.
Whilst in Cornwall Youth she made lifelong friends and gained musical knowledge. In 1993 whilst on tour in Austria with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, Tracey met Jason. At this time Tracey had returned to Lanner Band, but after a period of time, due to rehearsals being on a different night, Tracey joined Jason in Camborne Band. During this time she enjoyed playing under the direction of Derek Greenwood and Leonard Adams with guest conductors Frank Renton and Richard Evans.
One of the most memorable occasions was in 1998 when Tracey realised her dream of playing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the National Finals of Great Britain, even though she only had her daughter 7 weeks before! And yes, Morwenna went too. Following a 13 year break from playing, Tracey returned to Lanner Band in 2011 to help out the Academy, along with Jason, as their children, Morwenna and Elliot had started their musical journey. As Morwenna and Elliot have progressed the four family members are now playing full time in the senior band.
Elaine started playing the tenor horn at the age of 10 alongside her cousin under the tutelage of Peter Westaway. At that time Peter was trying to reform the St. Blazey band, unfortunately this didn’t happen so Elaine went on to join the Mount Charles Youth band where she soon progressed to the senior band until the age of 17. An opportunity came her way to join Bodmin Town Band where she met her husband Mark for the first time. Continuing with Bodmin, both Elaine and Mark enjoyed many great banding moments like appearing at the National Championships of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions together.
Other bands Elaine has played with over the years have been Camborne, Redruth and Pendennis. She took a break from banding for a few years after having their son and joined Lanner on 2nd horn in 2014. Elaine is also our Assistant Chairman and during the day works for a local transport company Conway Bailey as a traffic administrator.
Roland started playing at 10 years old. Has played for Penzance, Porthleven, Camborne and Lanner bands. Graduate of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and former music teacher. Favourite test piece Journey into Freedom.