Peter Hellawell

Musical Director

Peter is actually an excellent trombonist who nowadays prefers to conduct the band.

Many musicians who are new to the band can't understand why they initially have difficulty in following Peter's conducting style, until they realise he is left-handed.

As a 'South Paw' Peter is in good company; Benjamin Britten and the German composer Wagner were also left-handed. However, Wagner eventually taught himself to conduct right-handed: No pressure then, Peter!

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Peter Hellawell

Peter Hellawell

Musical Director

Wilf McDonald

Solo Cornet

Between the early 1950s and 1962, Wilf played with the Bradford Victoria Band.

In 1962 he joined the Bradford City Police and began playing with the force Military Band. Upon Police amalgamations in 1974 the Bradford City and Leeds City Police Bands joined together initially as a military band and then subsequently as a brass band. Wilf played with the Force Band until 2005.

During this time period Wilf has also been involved playing in smaller groups such as swing bands and dance bands. Indeed, Bradford City Police had a 5 piece jazz band called 'The Concords'. This group was the first live music group to play at the BBC studios in Leeds. They also recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester for the then lunchtime programme from the BBC studios in Birmingham called 'Pebble Mill at One'

Wilf is also a member of the West Yorkshire Brass Small Ensemble.

When not banding, Wilf enjoys DIY, photography and classic cars.

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Wilf McDonald

Wilf McDonald

Solo Cornet

Steven Hall

Tutti Cornet

Steve, or Alf as he is known to close friends (it's a long story!) spent his early banding years in Spen Valley with the Spenborough Victoria Band and the Spenborough Junior Quartet under the leadership of Ken Rushworh. The quartet went on to win the Junior Championship of Great Britain. Following this Steve spent some time with Gomersal Mills Band, Lofthouse Colliery Band and Rothwell Band prior to leaving school and joining Leeds City Police.

Steve played with the Police Band for 42 years during which time he was a member of the Fanfare Team playing many times for Royalty.  Highlights were attending the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 to play in the Memorial Gardens and the 60th. D-Day Anniversary.

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Steven Hall

Steven Hall

Tutti Cornet

Linda Atkinson

Tutti Cornet

Linda has played in swing bands, military bands and  brass bands.

Highlights  are playing in the Royal Albert Hall, and joining our front row on Solo Cornet!

When she is not banding, Linda enjoys spending time with family.

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Linda Atkinson

Linda Atkinson

Tutti Cornet

Sally Clark

Repiano Cornet

Sally took up the cornet at the tender age of 33 at Horsforth Music Centre. From there, she discovered Horsforth Leeds City Band ~ her first taste of brass banding. She also played trumpet with the Horsforth Music Centre Concert Band for several years and, from there, was invited to play a solo with a local choir in St. Chad's Church, Headingley, Leeds ~ a fantastic place to play solo trumpet.

She plays the Last Post for the Bramley Community Remembrance Day each year and played at the memorial service on 4th August 2014 at the new War Memorial in Bramley Park, Leeds.

Sally has been with West Yorkshire Brass for quite a few years and says she will probably stay until we throw her out.

In her spare time she enjoys attempting to play the piano, walking, reading, bird watching, art and learning new things.

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Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Repiano Cornet

Ted Griffiths

2nd Cornet

Ted began his career in 1949, playing cornet with local bands such as Birstall Old Prize Band, Ravensthorpe Subscription Band and Mirfield Silver Band, where he changed onto the Soprano Cornet. He then played soprano cornet at Meltham and Meltham Mills Band.

In 1971 Ted took up conducting and began a fruitful period of some 19 years conducting the Yorkshire Bus Company Band, during which time they won many local, regional and national contests.

After leaving Yorkshire Bus Company Band Ted, a Yorkshire man by birth, took up the baton with the Dobcross Youth Band in Lancashire! He conducted them for 15 years with a string of successes in contests.

Ted retired from conducting but in 2007 was brought out of retirement to join West Yorkshire Brass as the soprano player. He now plays second cornet in the band, is the band's Deputy Musical Director and Conductor of the West Yorkshire Brass Small Band.

For the past 21 years Ted has been the librarian for Hammonds Sauceworks Band / Yorkshire Building Society Band and Hammonds Saltaire Band. He is also an official of the Brass Band Conductors Association.

The highlight of Ted's career was winning the 3rd Section final in 1981 with Yorkshire Bus Company from the number one draw. He also fondly recalls gaining second prize in the 3rd Section National Final with Dobcross Youth Band. However, as representative of Yorkshire Building Society Band he recalls going on stage to collect the European Brass Band Trophy 8 years out of 9.

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Ted Griffiths

Ted Griffiths

2nd Cornet

Charles Sutton

3rd Cornet

Charles is affectionately known as Chic to his colleagues in the band.

He started his playing career in Scotland at the age of 9 when he started playing the horn with Blacklaw School Band,Dunfermline. He then joined Lochgelly Junior band and by the age of 13 yrs he was playing with Lochgelly Senior Band, Lochgelly Junior Band, a Boys Brigade bugle band and Woodmill High School Band.

At 14 yrs of age he was accepted into the Scottish National Youth Brass band and also played with a local dance band.

At 16 years of age Chic and his family moved from Scotland to Hampshire and he played for a while with a local dance band there. At the age of 23 yrs he became a founder member of the Gosport Silver Band but some 2 years later he saw sense and moved to God's Country (Yorkshire) where he played with Lindley Band, Wetherby Band and Horsforth Leeds City Band.

However in 1994 he was poached to play for West Yorkshire Brass on a full time basis.

During his time in banding Chic recalls playing 'Air from the Suite in D' for The Queen Mother and playing at a contest with Lochgelly Band, winning all 7 cups that day!

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Charles Sutton

Charles Sutton

3rd Cornet

Anne Kennedy

3rd Cornet

Anne Started playing aged 11 years with the Harlow (Netteswell) Youth Band: Yes she's an Essex Girl!

Her claim to fame is that she appeared with the band on the Hughie Green Show Opportunity Knocks in 1967. The band won after beating a performing dog and went on to appear another twice; the last being the All Winners Show.

Having reached the summit of her playing career at the age of 15 years she needed a new challenge and commenced a career in Children’s Nursing.

Promotion in her nursing career required Anne to move to Yorkshire in 1975, where she joined Yeadon Old Band and between then and the present she has played with Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Bus, Polypipe (Rossington), Horbury and Drighlington Bands.

Anne joined W.Y.Brass after a 10 year rest and can honestly say she has never met such a wonderful group of people.

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Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy

3rd Cornet

Pete Rhodes

Flugel Horn

Pete joined the band in 2015 on Solo cornet, but jumped at the chance to play Flugel

His favourite piece of music is MacArthur Park.

He has been playing since he was 9yrs old, and has played with several bands since then.

He says there are only 2 degrees of separation in the brass band world as everyone seems to know everyone else!

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Pete Rhodes

Pete Rhodes

Flugel Horn

Peter Hunter

Solo Horn

Peter has twice occupied the solo horn seat with West Yorkshire Brass; from 1995 until 2000 and from 2009 to the present day.

He started playing the tenor horn at the age of nine with the Laisterdyke Salvation Army Band in the late 1960's.

Peter then joined the Yorkshire Schools Brass Band between the ages of eleven and fourteen.

His playing career came to a abrupt halt at the age of fourteen, when he broke a front tooth in an accident and found he could no longer play to the same standard.

However some twenty years later he resumed playing. During this time he has played with a number of bands:- Todmorden Old, Hebden Bridge, Yeadon Old, Nelson, Todmorden Community Band and the Wilsden Band. Peter also played 1st French Horn with Halifax Concert Band.

His other hobbies include playing guitar, ukulele and crown green bowling.

Peter is one of four members of W.Y.Brass named Peter.

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Peter Hunter

Peter Hunter

Solo Horn

Graham Richardson

1st Horn

Graham is an accomplished brass musician, playing cornet, tenor horn and his favourite instrument the Flugel Horn.

He joined West Yorkshire Brass in 2016 when he chose to occupy a 3rd cornet seat, despite having substantially greater ability than that seat suggests. However, when his ability to play tenor horn was discovered, he soon found himself sitting in the 1st. horn seat.

His ability to play more than one instrument means that the band can call upon him to cover, when necessary, for other players who may be ill or on holiday.

Long may he continue to enjoy playing with West Yorkshire Brass.

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Graham Richardson

Graham Richardson

1st Horn

Betty Emberton

2nd Horn

Betty started playing the horn whilst at college some years ago!

She then resumed her playing career, playing with the Otley Band and Horsforth Music Centre Band. She then moved to play with the Horsforth Leeds City Band.

Betty joined West Yorkshire Brass around 1999 where she is to this day.

In her spare time Betty enjoys playing around! (golf, that is)

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Betty Emberton

Betty Emberton

2nd Horn

Frank Steeples

2nd Horn

Frank began his banding career in the mid 1940s with the Bradford City Band, based at the Bradford City Band Club in Heap Lane, Bradford.

He went on to play with Hammonds Sauce Works Junior and then Senior Band before moving to Haworth Band.

Frank joined West Yorkshire Brass in 1992, initially on 2nd. cornet but now on tenor horn.

Frank fondly recalls being a member of the Haworth Band when they won the 3rd. section National Final in London in the early 1970s. He also recalls playing at the Durham Miners Gala with Hammonds Sauce Works Band.

In his spare time Frank enjoys walking.

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Frank Steeples

Frank Steeples

2nd Horn

Keith Shuttleworth

Solo euphonium

Keith began his banding career in 1956 on the reforming of Cowling Band where he was taught to play the cornet. Over the next few years he played with Skipton Prize Band and Colne Borough Band before joining Haworth Band.

It was while Keith was at Haworth Band that he moved on to the Euphonium.

He fondly recalls being a member of Haworth Band when they won the the 3rd. Section National Final at Fulham Town Hall with the test piece 'Shipbuilders'.

Over the next few years Keith was asked to play principal Euphonium with Yeadon Old Band, their Musical Director being a former member of Haworth Band.

He played with Yeadon Old for a number of years before being asked to play with West Yorkshire Fire Service Band. Shortly afterwards the Fire Service Band changed to a military format. So Keith was amongst a number of the brass players who decided to form a brass band, hence the formation of West Yorkshire Brass in 1986.

Keith is proud to have been a founder member of West Yorkshire Brass and is currently the Band Secretary.

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Keith Shuttleworth

Keith Shuttleworth

Solo euphonium

Rebecca Sharpe

2nd euphonium

Rebecca began learning the euphonium at the age of 11 and played with Ashbourne Town Band throughout her teens whilst attaining her grade 8 ABRSM exam at school.

However, university and work commitments resulted in Rebecca taking a break from banding for almost 12 years until a move to West Yorkshire reignited her love of brass music and so she joined the local band, Horsforth Leeds City Brass.

Rebecca began to play with West Yorkshire Brass in 2014 and has been thoroughly enjoying her renewed love of playing. She hopes to remain with the band for many years to come.

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Rebecca Sharpe

Rebecca Sharpe

2nd euphonium

Peter Marsh

1st Baritone

Peter joined the band in 2015 and occupies the 1st. Baritone seat.

He is also a regular member of our Small Ensemble.

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Peter Marsh

Peter Marsh

1st Baritone

George Mitchell

Solo Trombone

George started to play the cornet in 1948 at 8 years of age, and joined Todmorden Old Brass Band at the age of 10. When he was 15 he auditioned in Manchester and was successful in gaining a place with the National Youth Brass Band playing baritone and then euphonium. His highlight was playing on a television programme from London conducted by the late Sir Adrian Boult.

He then went on to play solo trombone with Todmorden Band, and was their Musical Director for many years. It was during this time that the Band was asked to go down to London one New Year’s Eve to appear with Eamonn Andrews on ‘This is your life’, celebrating the life of International Big Band leader Geoff Love, who was born in Todmorden.

Geoff Love appeared as guest conductor, and along with Roy Castle, and George as rehearsal conductor presented the Television programme ‘The Brass Beat’.

George played trombone in a number of local pit orchestras and was asked to become Musical Director of Todmorden Operatic Society in 1981. He continued in that role for the next 10 years, indeed he is currently President of the Society.

Having acquired his own business in 1981, and with a number of other commitments, he resigned from the Brass Band, but continued playing with his family and other musicians in a Dance Band called ‘Orion’, playing for dinner dances and cabarets.

Due to health problems he stopped playing in the early 90’s but was persuaded to join West Yorkshire Brass a few years ago where he now occupies the solo trombone seat.

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George Mitchell

George Mitchell

Solo Trombone

Stuart Wilson

2nd trombone

Stuart is a trombone player by trade and has been playing continuously since 1952.

He has played with military bands, brass bands, dance bands and assorted brass groups throughout this time.

He has twice played in the Championship Section Finals in London.

Stuart is very proud of having spent many years playing with the legendary Crossley's Carpet Works Band until its demise in 1969.

In his spare time he enjoys walking and gardening.

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Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

2nd trombone

Malcolm Wood

Eb Bass

Malcolm obviously comes from a musical family, his middle name is HAYDN!

He started his playing career on the flugel horn with Scapegoat Hill Silver Band, then moved onto the G trombone (bass trombone to you young ones reading this). He continued playing the G trombone during his service in the RAF and then followed on playing with Stalham British Legion Band, Meltham and Meltham Mills Band, Yeadon Old Band and then to the West Yorkshire Fire Service Band.

With the change from brass to a military band for the Fire Service Band, Malcolm became a founder member of West Yorkshire Brass playing Eb bass.

During his playing career Malcolm fondly recalls playing with the Fire Service Band at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin. He also remembers coming 2nd in the National Finals in London with Scapegoat Hill Band.

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Malcolm Wood

Malcolm Wood

Eb Bass

Duncan Brown

Eb Bass

Duncan spent all his playing career with the West Riding Fire Service Band which then became the West Yorkshire Fire Service Band, during which time he played the cornet, BBb bass and latterly the Eb bass.

In 1990 he joined West Yorkshire Brass and is now one of the Eb bass players.

He has the distinction of having been a founder member of the West Riding Fire Service Band.

In his spare time he enjoys model engineering, DIY, gardening and downing the odd pint or two of freshly pulled Tetley bitter.

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Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Eb Bass

David Holdsworth

Percussion

Some time during 1967, whilst David was on tenor horn with Hammonds Sauce Works Band, the late Geoffrey Whitham said “The drummer has died and I can't find a replacement, is there a volunteer to take his place?” David claims not to have taken one pace forward. Perhaps everyone else took one pace back but there he stayed for the next 5 years performing with the band at many of the country’s leading venues, and making recordings for TV, radio and records (that’s proper vinyl records).

In 1972 he joined the Police Service and during the next 33 years was principal percussionist with the Bradford Police Military Band and then the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band.

He has done much military, brass, dance, trio, theatre and recording work and despite retiring from playing in 2005 (or so he thought!), he now thoroughly enjoys playing with West Yorkshire Brass.

Playing career highlight ~ He was privileged, in 2003, to play tuned percussion, along with Chris Leatham and Steve 'Alfie' Hall, for half a dozen performances of  ‘the best stage musical in the world’ ~ Les Misérables.

His hobbies include DIY and restoring old black and white and sepia tone photographs. David also keeps the band website up to date.

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David Holdsworth

David Holdsworth

Percussion