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!”