Born in Yorkshire, Jamie Smith began to play the Cornet at the age of eight with the Sellers Youth Band. After moving up the cornet ranks, he was appointed Principal Cornet of HAMMOND'S Saltaire Band at fifteen. Jamie has performed worldwide as a soloist and as a ensemble member in places as diverse as Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Lithuania, Germany and Australia, whilst also travelling twice to Japan for a solo performances in 2015 and 2016.
Currently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Jamie studies Trumpet performance with Gareth Small and John Dickinson.
Paul is the band’s Soprano player, a seat he has occupied since 2014. Paul is well known throughout
the banding world having previously been the principal cornet for The Sun Life Band. Since
moving on to soprano Cornet Paul has won many accolades; including Best Soloist at the 2015 National
Finals, twice Best Soloist awards at both the French Open and Butlin’s Mineworkers and was last Year awarded
the Best Soloist Award at Brass in Concert.
Andy hails from a Salvation Army musical background and is a fourth generation brass musician. He has performed consistently at the top level of banding and has enjoyed many successes over the last ten years, occupying the Principal Cornet seat of Flowers Band and as Soloist. Andy is now enjoying a more supporting role as part of the Front Row. When he’s not tooting, he’s enjoying family life.
after spending sixteen years as a plumbing and heating engineer, Kelvin recently joined the army as a musician. Upon completion of his training, KELVIN has been appointed to The Royal Artillery Band based at tidworth. Kelvin joined the band at towards the end of 2017 and has enjoyed many performances on the concert and the contest stage, as well as being a regular feature on Principal Cornet.
Sean began playing the Cornet at the age of 7 for his local Church band. At the age of 11 he joined the Enderby youth band where he progressed onto principal cornet. He then moved onto the senior band where he again progressed through the ranks to principal cornet. Sean studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire under the tuition of Ian Porthouse and Richard Marshall. Whilst at college he joined Flowers on solo cornet and has enjoyed great success with the band ever since.
Sheila has been a member of Flowers band since June 2018. She decided to give top fight banding a second go having not played at the highest level since her university days whilst studying in huddersfield. She booked some cornet lessons with her old friend Kirsty Walker (Abbotts). two diplomas later, she found herself sitting AMONGST some of the finest players in the country. Sheila continues to aim higher and is working hard towards a final diploma under the tutelage of Chris Turner.
She divides her days between being a classroom music teacher and running her own private tuition studio.
Josie began playing the cornet aged five and progressed through the ranks of her local
training band and senior band before being appointed Principal Cornet of the Enderby band at sixteen. During her tenure; Enderby won the Shirebrook and
Wychavon entertainment competitions, as well as qualifying for the first sectional national
finals in 2018. She moved to Cardiff in September 2018 to study cornet at the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama and, as of February 2019, joined the Flowers Band to sit next to her auntie,
Sheila Allen, on Second Cornet.
Carl joined Flowers Band (Polysteel) in 2008 after twenty years with Aldbourne Band. His first contest was The “All England Masters” at Cambridge under the direction of Philip Harper. Over the years, Carl has been privileged to have been part of many contest successes with Flowers and has played under some inspirational Musical Directors including; Roy Newsome, Richard Evans, Russell Gray, Philip Harper and the current incumbent, Paul Holland In his “spare time”, Carl is Head of Innovations for a Flavour Company
Derek joined Flowers in 1999. Having performed at the very highest level for over two decades with Flowers, Derek still enjoys being inspired by the sound of Flowers Band and has served a lot of time on the committee and serving as band sergeant.