Back Row Cornets

Soprano Cornet

Ben Duke


I have been in the band 18 years and joined on 2nd Cornet, moving onto Repiano and most recently Solo Cornet. I have played Soprano on and off for a number of years but always seem to keep coming back to it.  I also play an active role on the Committee and have been treasurer for the band for just over 5 years. Outside of band I enjoy playing Crown Green Bowls and Darts.

Repiano Cornet

Gill Storey

(Committee Member)

I have been playing since I was 8 years old. My original band was Barnton Silver Band in Cheshire. I have also played for Cheshire Constabulary band, Tarporley band, Morecambe and Lancaster brass bands. I have been playing with Pilling band for a few years now and love playing the Repiano cornet.

I find it a huge honour to play Last Post on Armistice day and this is one of my favourite moments throughout the year. Other things that keep me out of trouble include my job as a secondary science teacher, growing our own vegetables on an allotment, my tropical fish tank, cycling with my children, theme parks, Skiing and most importantly spending time with my family.

Second Cornet

Thom Bull

I have been playing the cornet for 11 years, and have been banding for 10, with the first band I joined being Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band, where I would eventually work my way up to Principal Cornet. I have also been involved with Calderdale Music Service Youth Orchestra, which led to a massed performance in the Royal Albert Hall. My first taste of competitive banding came when I joined Friendly Band, regularly playing Repiano Cornet, and I often ‘depped’ with other bands around West Yorkshire before going to Lancaster University, where I study English Literature and Religious Studies. I am also involved with the University’s Brass Band and Wind Band. Aside from banding, I’m a huge recreational music fan, and my hobbies include going to concerts and collecting records.

Second Cornet

Lily Wearden

I'm an English language graduate from Lancaster university currently working in Blackpool as a Liaison Officer supporting students through their education. I picked up the saxophone when I was 9 and played all around the UK and Europe while I was at high school. When I came to university, I joined the music society and got a bit carried away learning to conduct and picking up as many new instruments as I possibly could. When I realised that all of my close friends played in the brass band I bought a cornet over Facebook and I haven't looked back since. I am mostly self-taught and definitely still learning, but having the best time in the process and I'm so excited about being involved with such a brilliant brass band!

Second Cornet

Daniel Storey

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Third Cornet

Ella Clarke

I started playing cornet when I was 8 years old and have been playing in my local brass band for over 10 years on both cornet and flugelhorn, as well as playing trumpet in my sixth form wind band and swing band. I am currently studying French and Linguistics at Lancaster University and play in the university brass band and wind band. I am also a member of the music society committee as one of the brass band reps. Outside of music, I am a keen photographer and I enjoy travelling to new places, particularly if it’s somewhere I can practice my French!

Third Cornet

Jimmy Swarbrick

I have played cornet since joining the band in 1970.

Aside from band, my other love is football.