Assistant 2nd Cornet

Simon Jarman

Back in December 2010 I was given a ticket to watch the Black Dyke Band in Bradford. I remember at the time that I really wasn’t sure I wanted to go. Being from Kent I had never really heard of them or the Brass Band scene, but I went and was mesmerised. I decided there and then that was what I wanted to do so I bought a cornet and had my first lesson in January 2011 at the ripe young age of 45.

I joined The Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) a few months later before moving on to the Soprano Cornet with Clifton & Lightcliffe B Band. I decided it wasn't me and returned to the Bb Cornet for a while with Clifton on back row. I later moved to The Yorkshire Traction Honley Band when I felt it was time to have a go on the front bench and from there to Boarshurst Silver Band. It’s been quite a ride.

Best banding moment. Where do I start? I’m very proud of what I have achieved in such a short space of time, but winning the Yorkshire Regionals with Clifton and Lightcliffe B Band in 2014 (on Soprano) and representing Yorkshire at the Nationals later that year should be right up there.

My favourite pieces tend to change month on month and depending on what new is brought out, and lets face it, pretty much everything is new at the moment. I loved playing “Little Lisa” and am currently enjoying the challenges of Zelda and My Old Kentucky Home. I'm a huge fan of Fingal's Cave; a dramatic, stormy composition, full of tension and emotion that unfolds through the piece. Although I have yet to actually play it, I would really love to.