Coco grew up in a musical household, taking up percussion aged nine after a failed attempt at learning the violin. She played with many Gloucestershire-based ensembles through her teens, including a stint at Cheltenham Youth Brass and three years as principal percussionist of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, before taking up a place to study pharmacology with a vice-chancellor’s music scholarship at the University of Bristol. Here she enjoyed a busy performance schedule with the University’s Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir, and participated in her first brass band contest at UniBrass in 2015. She now works in software development for a group of local councils, fitting in as much music making as she can in her evenings and weekends. Coco made her Flowers debut at the inaugural BrassPass Band of the Year competition in June 2019.
Jamie began his musical journey in his hometown of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. He was introduced to playing in brass bands by his father and they both played percussion for the Toowoomba Municipal Bands. Jamie went on to study music at the University of Southern Queensland and was heavily involved in his local community both in a teaching and performing capacity. Jamie relocated to the UK in September 2014 after being offered a position with The Cory Band. He has since had the privilege of performing in world-class concert venues throughout the UK, Europe and North America. In 2016, Jamie joined the British Army as a regular (full time) Musician and was posted to The Band of The Prince of Wales’ Division.
Craig’s first musical experience was as a 5 year old percussionist with The Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band (since renamed Tendring Brass). He accepted a musical scholarship at The Royal Hospital School (Holbrook, Suffolk) and attended as a boarder from the age of 12. Whilst at the school Craig was inspired by the school’s bandmaster, Roger Jones to pursue a career in the Royal Marines Band Service. He signed up in 2011 and on completion of basic military training, he joined The Royal Marines School of Music to study Percussion. In the summer of 2014 Craig was awarded the ‘Princes Badge’ for the best all round trainee of troop 1-11. During his time in The Royal Marines Band Service, Craig has had many musical and sporting opportunities, including travel to the USA, Falkland Islands, Dubai, Sweden, Switzerland and Jersey. Craig was runner up in The Royal Marines Cassel Prize solo competition of 2014, performed a xylophone duet in The Royal Albert Hall for The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2015, and also gained his LRSM in percussion performance in the same year. In 2018 he graduated with First Class Honours from Plymouth University, having studied Professional Music.
Nabil started playing percussion at the age of 14 in his school's percussion ensemble. He soon joined Drybrook Band, progressing to principal percussionist in 2017. During this period, the band won 4 Welsh League contests in a row, as well as achieving its highest ever world ranking. Nabil joined Flowers Band in July 2019 and is looking forward to making his debut at the British Open in September.
Nabil El Bark