1. 1st Trombone – Richard Johns

    Richard’s grandpa played at Helston and his parents have always played with brass bands. Richard started playing trombone at the age of 8, alongside his little brother Sam Johns at Carn Brea youth band, then went onto Illogan and Sparnon under the direction of Clifford bolitho. In 1997 he joined Carharrack and St. Day band on 2nd trombone with his dad Brian Johns on bass trombone. In 1999 he joined St Stythians on 2nd trombone playing next to his dad and Grenville Tresidder, was pushed by them both onto 1st trombone in 2001, this was Richard’s most memorable moment playing Eric Balls Resurgam. 

    In 2007 he joined Lanner band on 2nd trombone playing under Barry Buist. After taking time out from 2009 – 2016, Richard was encouraged back out of retirement onto 2nd trombone again at Lanner for the SWBBA contest held in Torquay. Still currently at Lanner, now on Solo trombone Richard mentions that “One day it would be amazing to play at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall” we can all have dreams! “Brass banding is in my blood!”


  2. 2nd Trombone – Morwenna (Mo) Smith

    Morwenna started playing the trombone with the Lanner Brass Academy in April 2011 and quickly progressed to join the Cornwall Youth Brass Band in September 2014, of which she is still a member. Having gained experience, Morwenna is now a permanent member of the senior band where she enjoys playing alongside her brother and parents. In her spare time Morwenna enjoys all aspects of the social side of banding.

  3. Bass Trombone – Ian Davies

    Ian started learning with Bude Town Band in the early 1970’s. He progressed to holding the Solo Euphonium seat for several years and then the Solo Trombone seat. He was simultaneously playing Bass Trombone with the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra.

    After deciding not to take up his place to study music at Dartington, he went in another direction professionally but took up the first Baritone position at Bodmin band in time for their 1982 appearance at the Albert Hall. He then joined Halls Oxford Concert Brass under Adrian Leaper. On returning to Cornwall he had several years of playing outside the brass band world including The Three Spires Orchestra, The Cornish Sinfonia Duchy Opera and The John Austin Big Band.

    He returned to Banding with Lanner in 2006 on EEb bass. Since then he has played on both EEb seats and all three Trombone seats finally returning to the Bass Trombone seat, where he is happiest, in 2016. Ian also runs a 19 piece professional Dance band, “The Nighthawks” and has been teaching brass and saxophones for over 30 years. Ian’s favourite test piece is Contest Music by Wilfred Heaton. His ambition is to pay off his mortgage.

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