Front Row Cornets

Hannah Spooner BMus(hons) GradRNCM PGCE (secmusic). Hannah was educated at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and then at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she studied Academic Music whilst having both trumpet and piano lessons. Hannah has played with some of the top brass bands in the country and has worked under some of the great names of brass banding such as Howard Snell who also taught her for a year. She was Head of Music at St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay for 12 years but is now a freelance musician and teacher. Her claim to fame was being lucky enough to accompany the flautist Sir James Galway. Hannah is MD of the Torbay Police and Community Choir who we often join with in concerts.

Andy Lewis. Andy was born in Bridgewater and learnt to play under the watchful eye of his Grandad in Bridgewater Salvation Army Young Peoples Band. He has played in Bridgewater and Kingswood Salvation Army Bands and spent many years as principal cornet of Totnes Town Band. Andy worked in the Mens Department at Marks & Spencers but is now retired. He enjoys spending a few hours on the golf course.

David Batstone. FTCL. An opportunity offered by the Air Training Corps introduced Dave to the trumpet, aged 14, which led to a lifetime as a musician. He became a professional orchestral trumpet player but after 15 years, moved to peripatetic brass teaching for the remainder of his working life. He says that teaching taught him more about how to blow a trumpet than learning or playing ever did. When not involved with music, he has spent much time with wooden sailing boats, restoring and enjoying.