Back Row Cornets

Tony Stevens (soprano cornet). Tony was born in Luton and learnt to play in the local Salvation Army Band. Tony has played with Luton Salvation Army Band, Weymouth Citadel and Paignton Citadel. In his spare time, Tony enjoys football and popular music. Tony used to be a DJ and once appeared on the BBC 1 Breakfast Show. Tony has recently retired from his job as a Bank Manager but was head hunted and is now our Band Treasurer.

Kevin Cunningham (repiano cornet). Kevin was born in Crawley West Sussex and learnt to play at the Thomas Bennett Community School. He is a continuous improvement consultant with the Valuation Office Agency which is part of HMRC. Kevin played for Maidstone British Legion Band and while serving as a special constable with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Band. Kevin enjoys all sorts of music and runs his own mobile disco. Kevin is one of the band trustees and has special responsibility for equipment and instruments.

Sandra Hales (second cornet). Sandra learnt to play cornet at Newton Abbot Salvation Army when she was 12 years old. She continues to play in the Newton Abbot Salvation Army Band and also in the Salvation Army’s South Western Fellowship Band. Sandra played with Totnes Town Band for 20 years until she joined RCB in 2018. She enjoys walking and reading but her great love is brass banding.

Penny Reed (second cornet). Penny comes from Truro and learnt to play with the Redruth Band. Penny is a senior and highly qualified nurse. In her spare time she enjoys reading, musicals and the theatre. She is also heavily involved with her Church. Penny has performed in a play in front of Princess Diana.

Rob Mason (third cornet). Rob was born in Omskirk and was a late starter to music. He was taught to play the trumpet by his old friend Reg, who is sadly missed from the Band. Rob is a consultant urologist. In his spare time he enjoys fishing.

Lester Shapter (third cornet). Lester was born in Paignton and learnt to play at Torquay Salvation Army. He describes his interests as football, especially the admin and refereeing side. Lester spent 21 years refereeing in the football league and actually sent off George Best for the use of foul language. He has also refereed in Europe and the Middle East. This was not his main occupation though as he was a Police Officer. Lester played with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Band and is now our Band Manager.