Euphoniums & Baritones
John started playing at the age of 8 in Bream Band in the Forest of Dean. He was originally taught by his father, who was the MD of the band, and later in life by a skilled Army cornet player by the name of Bill Grant, and finally by a fine gentleman, Brian Cooling - ex principal cornet of Grimethorpe Colliery Band. John had a short spell with Yorkley Onward before returning to Bream Band. He more or less gave up playing when attending the University of Birmingham; playing with Lydney Town Band during holidays and occasional weekends.
Eventually he could not put it off any longer and joined the City of Birmingham Band, playing soprano cornet for a number of years before moving back to solo cornet. He was then lucky enough to join the City of Coventry (Jaguar Cars) Band on Repiano cornet, where he stayed until the band dissolved in 1995. He went on to play a few jobs with the William Davies Construction Band before they also disbanded. After another short spell with City of Birmingham, he joined the Langley Band. John then moved out of the area due to work and joined Broseley Brass (Now MK Brass), before eventually joining Towcester around January 2013.
Lyn started playing the cornet at the age of 12 with the Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen Brass Band (South Wales). At the age of 17 he was selected to play with and become a founder member of the 'National Youth Brass Band of Wales'. Since moving 'across the border' in 1988, he has been a member of Wolverton Town, MK Brass and joined Towcester Studio Band in October 2012.
He 'moved' to the 'Sop' seat in February 2017 just before the Area contest. As of Sept 2018 after discovering the 'errors of his way' - he moved and has now settled playing Bartitone.