Saltash Town Band


A few shots of the Band whilst playing at Crownhill Fort on Saturday, 2nd April 2005 - a beautiful (if windy) sunny day, starting the season off with a bang!!

Robert JulianMusical Director: Town Band
Robert Julian
Christy Smith & Jane McKaneMusical Director: Junior Band
Christy Smith & Jane McKane
Kathy WilliamsSoprano Cornet
Kathy Williams
Lauren Rossiter-ThomasPrincipal Cornet
Lauren Rossiter-Thomas

Lauren started to play the trumpet when she was in primary school. She played in a number of school and college bands and joined Callington Town Band at the age of 18. She eventually became principal cornet and remained with them until 2013 when she popped over to Saltash band to help out with an engagement and never left. 

Jane MckaneSolo Cornet
Jane Mckane

Jane started to learn the Trumpet when she was 12. She joined Tavistock Town Band in 1995 at the age of 15, and still continues to play with them in their reformed group "TVBES". Jane joined Callington Town Band in 2001, and remained their Principal cornet player for several years. Jane has also had a brief spell at percussion, flugel, Tenor Horn and soprano.

Nicola PascoeSolo Cornet
Nicola Pascoe

Nicky first joined Saltash Town Band as a beginner aged 12 and was handed a Trombone but her Mum insisted that went straight back and that she try something smaller! She then learnt the Cornet and hasn't looked back. She first took up the Principle Cornet seat aged 16 and remained in that position for over 10 years in total with breaks here and there.

She met and married fellow Band member Graham and they have 3 children, Harry who plays trombone, Matthew who is our percussionist and Sophie who is learning to play cornet in Junior Band.


Nicky has just recently returned to the Band following a 4 year break due to family commitments and is very happy to be back.

Thomas EarlySolo Cornet
Thomas Early

Thomas started playing trumpet when he was 8. He joined the Junior Band in 2013 and was handed a cornet, progressing to solo cornet in the senior band in 2016. He also plays cornet with Devon County Youth Band and is learning to play the piano.

Susan HigmanRepiano Cornet
Susan Higman

Susan Played a Bugle in The Chesham All Girls Band at the age of 7, following her sister learning the other instruments until she was 10. She then moved to Plymouth where she Joined The Plymouth Ambassadors Youth/Show Band, where she learnt the trumpet. After 20 years of not playing Susan joined Saltash Town Band and started on solo cornet and then moved to 3rd cornet to help balance the band. Sue also is one of the many unsung hero's helping to teach youngsters to play.

Tracey Ham2nd Cornet
Tracey Ham
Max 2nd Cornet
Amber 2nd Cornet
Matthew Early3rd Cornet
Matthew Early

Aged 10, Matthew is currently the youngest member of the senior band. Matthew started playing cornet aged 6, following in his brothers footsteps. He played with the Junior Band for 3 years and joined the senior band at the start of 2017. 2 hours is a long time for a small boy to sit through a rehearsal and there was some careful negotiating involved to secure his full attention which now only wavers when he gets to a good bit in his reading book! Matthew also plays cornet with Devon County Youth Brass Band.

Andy Knight3rd Cornet
Andy Knight

Andrew was one of the earliest members of the band when it reformed in 1975. He has played on several instruments from Trombone to cornet to bass. Like many he has taken the odd sabatical but always returned to his roots. Andrew is currently enjoying playing 3rd Cornet and is a valued member of both the band and the commitee.

Graham PascoeFlugel
Graham Pascoe

Graham first started playing at the age of 7 with Helston Town Band, encouraged by his Grandpa Harry who played with Helston for many years. Graham remained with Helston Town Band playing 2nd Cornet, until he moved to start work in Plymouth and joined Saltash Town Band in 1997. He met and married fellow Band member Nicky in 2000 and they have 3 children who all now play too.

Graham has played Flugelhorn, Solo Cornet and is currently filling in on 1st Horn

Sharon ChinnFlugel
Sharon Chinn

Sharon learnt to play cornet at age 6 with Liskeard Silver Band. She moved onto Flugelhorn playing for Torpoint Band where she met and married her husband Graham on Euphonium.

She became principle cornet player for Stannary Brass Band, and has also played for Camelford Band, Liskeard Silver Band and Launceston Town Band.

Sharon moved onto Eb Soprano Cornet and has never looked back!

Martyn TownsonSolo Horn
Martyn Townson

Martyn learnt to play the trumpet while still in primary school. Was introduced to banding and the cornet at about 9 with Saltash Town Band and progressed up the Ranks. He spent many years playing for other local bands and has played most instruments from Sop to Bb bass. He met his wife Donna in the Band and now has 3 chidren who so far he has failed to get interested in playing.

Sarah Holmes1st Horn
Sarah Holmes
Donna Townson2nd Horn
Donna Townson

Donna started to learn the cornet with Saltash Town Band in 1987. She is currently playing Horn. Donna met and married her husband Martyn whilst they were both members of Saltash. They have two sons and a daughter.

Ali Ellis1st Baritone
Ali Ellis

Ali started her banding career when she wandered across to her local band room in St Minver at the age of 9 and asked if she could have a go. From here she has moved on to various bands, including Camelford Town and St Pinnock where she met her husband Neil.

Ali is known as the 'Polyfilla' in the band and ends up filling the gaps where needed, playing most instruments at one point or another.

Her highlight is most definitely achieving a qualification to the National Finals!

Annabelle Early2nd Baritone
Annabelle Early

Annabelle was learning guitar and piano when she got dragged along to Junior Band with Thomas in 2013. She was handed a baritone and her brass career had begun! Annabelle joined the senior band in 2016. She also plays baritone with Devon County Youth Brass Band and plays euphonium in her school orchestra and brass ensemble.

Gaynor Shaw2nd Baritone
Gaynor Shaw
Roger FulcherEuphonium
Roger Fulcher

Roger has played Principal Euphonium with Saltash since the summer of 1984. He started playing at the age of 14 (eek! in 1969) with RBL Maidstone and then spent a number of years with East Peckham Silver Band before moving to Saltash for work.

Aaron ChinnEuphonium
Aaron Chinn

Aaron is following in his parents talents! Learning to play a brass instrument in 2012. He began on Tenor Horn and also tried a Baritone with a brief spell on Flugelhorn for Liskeard Silver Band before finally settling on Cornet. He is currently taking his Grades in Brass and Piano. Aaron also plays for Devon Youth Band, and the Callington College Orchestra.

Christy Smith1st Trombone
Christy Smith
Harry Pascoe1st Trombone
Harry Pascoe
Jenny Early2nd Trombone
Jenny Early

Jenny started playing trombone soon after her children joined the Junior Band in 2013, preferring to join in than just be a taxi service.

The Early family progressed into the Town Band in the latter part of 2016 and were pleased to be part of the band when it took second place at the WEBBA Regional Championships in March 2017. We had a lot to learn in a short space of time and we are still learning!

Geoff Hill2nd Trombone
Geoff Hill

Geoff began playing Baritone with Portland Social Centre Band in 1949, where his father was Bandmaster. Progressing to Trombone a few years later at Portsmouth Fire Brigade Band and Southampton Albion Band where he continued his music. Transferring to Liverpool in 1967, he played 2nd Tenor Horn and Cornet with the Cammell Laird Works Band at Birkenhead. On joining Saltash Town Band in 1982, he changed instruments again, this time to Eb Bass. Geoff has stepped in and played Cornet, Horn, Baritone, Side and Bass Drum when needed, but has now returned to his favourite instrument, the Trombone. Now in his 70s he is still one of the Band's regular players.

VacancyBass Trombone
This position is currently vacant.
Bernie RyanEb Bass
Bernie Ryan
Dillon ChinnEb Bass
Dillon Chinn

Dillon was thrown in the deep end on the kit for Liskeard Silver Band in 2013 to help record 2 Cds! He joined Saltash Band along with the rest of his family in 2014 and also regularly plays for the Tamar Valley Brass ensemble. He is currently learning to play the Eb Bass.

Keith BurfordBb Bass
Keith Burford

Keith has said his playing was the result of finding something to do after giving up smoking. With his then girlfriend, now wife, playing flute Keith popped into Maestro's to enquire about learning to play and left the proud owner of a Saxophone. With Liz also playing cornet with the band Keith popped along one evening and left clutching an Eb bass. He's now a stalwart member of the Band on Bb.

Matthew ThomasBb Bass
Matthew Thomas

From an early age Matt developed outstanding wind but it was not until his late 70's that he learnt to harness these powers through the medium of the long Bb Picolo. Since his career with the German Alpen Horn Society in conjunction with Classic fm and Sesame Street, he has never looked back & has come before us, to stand behind us on his chair at the back of the band

Matthew PascoePercussion(Kit)
Matthew Pascoe
Glenys RookerPercussion(Tuned)
Glenys Rooker

Glenys is a newcomer to the band, and stepped in to provide support in the percussion section. She played the piano as a child, studied music at school and has an eclectic appreciation of music.

Whilst playing the glockenspiel she intends to try her hand at a brass instrument. Let's see what happens!

Trevor VicaryPercussion(Timps)
Trevor Vicary

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- 07/04/18: Mayor of Saltash Charities Concert

- 05/05/18: Saltash MayFair, Parade of Youth and sit down performance

- 09/06/18: Saltash Regatta. March followed by sit down and collect

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