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.

Julie Gill. Julie learnt to play the trumpet at Westlands School and went on to play with Torbay Brass Band where she met her husband Tom. Currently, Julie plays in various instrumental groups on trumpet, cornet and cello. She has the incredibly important role of Band Librarian.

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 works in the Mens Department at Marks &Spencers and enjoys spending a few hours on the golf course.

Ralph Foster. Ralph learnt to play as a youngster in the Salvation Army and has played in recent years with Torquay Citadel and Exeter Temple Bands. Ralph runs his own gardening and landscaping business called Bizzey Bees and is a keen cyclist. He spends lots of time training and taking part in races.

Mike Cox. Mike or ‘Coxy’ as he is affectionately referred to, was born in Swindon and learnt to play at school. Over the years, he has been involved with many bands including St Breward, Soundhouse Brass, Plymouth Silver and Tiverton Town. Mike is retired from the Police Force and fills up his time with tennis, motorcycling, skiing and bodyboarding. MIke is a Band Trustee.