Russell first joined the band, aged 13, in 1990, starting on 3rd cornet and progressing to solo cornet, before then moving to flugel horn when he returned from university in 1999. He is also the band treasurer, and until recently was also the band chairman for several years. Russell also plays the trumpet for Sussex Concert Orchestra, as well as attempting to play the Church organ at Whatlington Church every Sunday. When he is not busy with one musical activity or another, he can usually be found cycling the lanes of East Sussex!
Ivor Thomas joined us in 2015 an plays cornet. He studied trumpet at school and, after over a decade, resumed playing it in a local swing band in 2013. The music habit returned with a vengeance and he was soon taking the opportunity to join the brass band scene and develop his playing. He is a schoolteacher and often may be heard practicing his scales in his classroom at lunchtime.
Pete is one of the long standing members of the band having joined in 1988 under M D Peter Mitchell, followed by Jon Penton, David Clark and John Cornford.
He was band secretary for many years and has now resumed the post with the present committee.
Virtually every cornet player who has joined the band over the years started with Pete in the back row before moving up the line, hence being dubbed " The Pete Wright Cornet Academy "
Now retired he spends his free time volunteering on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway and flying to Australia to visit his family and grandchildren.
I began playing the trumpet when I was 10 in a Danish marching band called Thisted Garden, but my focus changed when I was introduced to the Brass Band movement in 1987 by the late Preben Norgarrd Christensen, and I have been hooked ever since.
Before moving to England in 1992 I was lucky to be part of Nordvestjysk Brass Band and Hjorring Musikskoles Brass Band which enabled me to travel and enjoy some fabulous experiences. My whole family was involved, and it became a huge part of my upbringing.
Since 1992 I have played with City of Cambridge Brass Band, Waterbeach Brass Band and now Battle Town Band and Thomas and Friends ensemble which I really enjoy.
I am very proud to be part of the grass roots of the Brass Band movement encouraging others to enjoy music for all.