Kathy began playing Cornet at the age of 8 whilst at Thorpe Hesley Junior school, and played in the brass band there until she moved on to Old Hall comprehensive school, where she also joined the school band.
She joined Thorpe Hesley in the mini band section as soon as she could play her first 5 notes, and has remained with the band ever since. Over the years she has moved up through the cornet section, to Principle Cornet player.
Kathy has also played with Rotherham Youth Brass Band and Golcar Band, but now devotes her playing to Thorpe Hesley Brass Band.
Cathy started her music career on the Euphonium in 1994, when she was eight years old, through Rotherham Music Service. Cathy says “After the first month and numerous phone calls to Grandad Norman, I finally remembered what my instrument was called!”
She joined Rotherham Music Service’s brass band aged 11. At age 13 she saved up to buy her own Trumpet and switched to the Cornet section. At age 15 she moved to the Tenor Horn. At this point she also met up with her old Girl Guide mate Kathy Attwood (nee Lindsay) who got her to join Thorpe Hesley Brass Band and she says she has never looked back!
Over the years, Cathy has played at many bands including Chappeltown Silver, South Yorkshire Police, Garforth Jubilee and Huddersfield and Ripponden. Although she no longer commits to contesting bands, Cathy enjoys filling in for these bands at concerts.
Cathy now plays Solo Horn for us, and is also our stand in to conductor for rehearsals now and again when needed.
Cathy says “My proudest moment with Thorpe Hesley Brass Band was when they played at my wedding in 2008”.
Angela first began her musical career in Primary School, learning to read music, and playing the Recorder. She then moved on to become the only person in her secondary school who played Clarinet, she bought own for £65 when she left school in 1984 and still has it!
She started playing cornet but now plays Baritone in Thorpe Hesley brass band.
Angela says “Thorpe Hesley Brass Band is the first band that I have joined.
The first time that I blew down a Cornet was on Sunday 24th January 2010. My first rehearsal was Sunday 5th September 2010.
I always wanted to join the Village Band but never got round to it. The death of my Son made me realise that life is too short and go and do what you want to do.
I was also an extra in “Brassed Off”. Fifteen minutes into the film when Tara Fitzgerald is playing “Orange Juice” I am a reported standing outside the union office. You get two shots of me a total of 4 seconds but it gets people talking at parties. I am now completing my musical journey with the Thorpe Hesley Brass Band. Come and join us.”
Colin is one of our Bass players at THBB. He began playing the cornet in 1955 and his first band was Hincliffe Mill Brass Band.
He moved on to play in Camberley Band in the early 1970’s and has also played with Elsecar Colliery Band and Chapletown band.
Colin joined THBB in the 90’s and also plays with Deepcar Band, he also “helps out” at Dearne Valley Brass Band when required.