Horns

John Spooner (flugelhorn). John has been playing brass instruments for most of his life. As a boy he played with Holme Silver Band and had lessons with David Hirst who has associations with many of the finest brass bands in the country. John also played with the City of Sheffield, Torbay and Totnes Town bands. John has played with Torbay Symphony Orchestra and the Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band. He is Head of Vocational Studies at Combe Pafford School and in his spare time is a committed member of Teignmouth Salvation Army and a scout leader with a local beaver group.

Geoff Edis (solo horn). Geoff is a retired police officer and spent many years playing with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Band. He learnt to play at school and became a great musician. Geoff enjoys many things now that his time is his own and describes himself as, “working hard to be an aspiring hedonist.” Geoff is the Band Secretary.

Bernard King (first horn). Bernard was born in Torquay and learnt to play at the local Salvation Army. He later went on to play for Newton Abbot Town Band and Torbay Brass Band where he played for many years. Bernard is retired which gives him time for bowls and travel.

Garry Griffiths (second horn). Garry has been playing tenor horns in bands since he was taught to play by his Dad (MD) as a young boy. He has played in Torquay Salvation Army, Torbay Concert Brass and now enjoys playing in RCB. Garry works in one of the local McColl shops and often wins awards for helping people in the store. Garry is one of Torquay United’s biggest fans and his good nature only cracks when they are not winning. He also enjoys listening to music, doing quizzes and watching sports and films. He describes himself as an ‘expert’ on Carry on films.

Colin Gilderthorp (2nd horn). Colin is a retired local government officer and has only recently taken up the tenor horn. He admits to being a novice but hopes that with his enthusiasm and the support of members of RCB, he will improve to become one a valued core member of the Band. Colin is also a member of Torbay Police and Community Choir.