Rob began playing the Trombone aged eleven in Stoke-on-Trent. After progressing to the Principal Chair in the local Trentham Brass Band, Rob went on to study performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire (now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).

Rob has performed with many bands including Brighouse and Rastrick, Foresters Brass, Foden’s, Grimethorpe and is solo Trombone on Desford Band’s Far East tour each year. Rob accepted the Solo Trombone seat at Flowers Band in March 2018, leading to performances at the British Open; National Finals, Brass in Concert and Lithuania. During his first year with the band, Rob was named Player of the Year, a title he is IMMENSELY proud of.

Rob Wilshaw



Alan started playing at the age of nine with Amington Band where he started on Cornet and slowly made his way onto Trombone, the instrument he originally wanted to start on! Alan stayed with Amington right up until the point he started studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, at this time he joined Langley Band and had short spells with Tongwynlais Temperance Band. During his later years studying at Birmingham he took up the Solo Trombone seat with The Staffordshire Band, a seat he held for six years before moving to The Flowers Band in 2018. As well as playing Alan also enjoys conducting and returned to Amington Band in 2017 not as a player but as their Musical Director and is currently enjoying his time there.

Alan Gifford



James first started playing Eb Bass aged nine, in his home town of Darlington. Before moving to study

Medical Science at the University of Birmingham, James took up the Bass Trombone. During this

time, he played with brass bands around the Midlands and the North East including: Cockerton Band,

Fishburn Band, The Enderby Band and Foresters Brass. James moved South in October 2018, to

complete his PhD at Oxford University and has been with Flowers since then. In April 2019, James was appointed Band Manager, the youngest member ever to occupy this position.

James Harris

Bass Trombone