Pat Ryan

Pat joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1976 as a clarinettist and violinist and in that role travelled extensively throughout the world, gaining first-hand experience in a wide range of musical genres. In 1990, he attended the RM Bandmasters Course at the Royal Marines School of Music and gained LRSM and ARCM conducting diplomas. From 1993 he was Bandmaster of bands in Portsmouth and Dartmouth, until in 1998 becoming the Project Leader for the RM Band Service’s successful bid to become ‘Investors in People’. Retiring from the Royal Marines in 2000, Pat became Tour Manager for the Monteverdi Choir’s ‘Bach Cantata Pilgrimage’, before moving to Birmingham as the Orchestra Manager of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In March 2005 he became the Director of Music of the West Midlands Fire Service Band and in April 2015 became Bandmaster of the RAF Cosford Voluntary Band. He lives in Wylde Green with his wife Melanie and children, Toby and Annabel.

 

Chris Keen

Joined the Drum Corps in 1986, my second gig/concert was at a packed Royal Albert Hall. Over the last 25 years + , I've had the pleasure and experience of representing the West Midlands Fire Service at places and venues such as The Menin Gate - Ypres , The London Lord Mayors Show, The Birmingham International Tattoo, Bergen - Norway, Guinness Book of Records entry and at The Battle of the Flowers in Jersey. Although not an employee of the Fire Service, I've always taken great pride in representing the service over the years.

 
 

Steph Hyde

I have been playing with the band since April 2008 and still thoroughly enjoy the challenge of the wide variety of music and engagements. My main instrument is clarinet which I play in the main band and the Clarinet Ensemble. At present I am Chair of the Band.

 

Honor Lewis

I have been a member of the band since 2006. Although I hadn't played in a wind band for about 14 years, it didn't take too long to get back into the swing of things. I play the oboe and saxophone and am also in the Function Band and Sax Quartet. There is a lot of encouragement to get involved too and I have enjoyed helping to organise some concerts and trips to Belgium.

 
 

Charli Birks

I enjoy being in a concert and marching band for the variety of performance opportunities. I play flute and piccolo and have more recently become a member of the drum corps.

 

Tony Beaumont

I play tenor sax. I am the webmaster for this website.

 
 

David Cole

As well as playing the tuba I am the band librarian looking after about two thousand sets of music. I arrange to borrow music from other bands and also lend music from our library. I've been in the band about ten years and recently joined the Function Band where I play bass guitar.

 

Linda Cole

I have now been in the band for several years enjoying playing the clarinet in the main band and the clarinet ensemble. I enjoy the challenge of the different types of music we play, the variety of engagements and the company of the other band members. If you are interested in joining the band, come along one Wednesday to meet us.

 
 

Claire Hyde

As a member of the support team I help at engagements and rehearsals. My role includes providing refreshments, helping in administrative tasks and assisting individual members as required. I enjoy the social aspect of the band and the variety of concerts, venues and locations.

 

Dave Lees

I play flute in the main band and tenor sax in the Function Band, other roles include coach/minibus driver and occasional bass drummer.

 
 

Sue Payne

About twelve years ago, my husband Steve, suggested I dust off my little used clarinet and take it along to a band that he had joined a few months earlier and was really enjoying – one rehearsal and I too, was hooked! Since then I have had great fun with the Concert and Marching Band and two of the smaller ensembles (Function Band and Clarinet Ensemble), playing a wide variety of music, performing in some wonderful and unusual places and more recently being involved with the organisational side of things for two of the smaller groups.

 

Paul Slater

Long serving member of the trombone section, Walsall Jazz Orchestra and various other musical groups. I've played throughout the UK, Europe and USA. Notable venues include: Menin Gate Remembrance Day Parade, Ypres, Belgium; London and Birmingham Lord Mayor's Parades; Radio WM Christmas Show, Symphony Hall, Birmingham; ITV Central, Bullseye Christmas Special, Broad Street Studios, Birmingham; Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland; National Festival Hall, London; Main Road Football Stadium, Manchester, opening a Bon Jovi concert; Guinness Book of Records band marathon completing over 102 hours of continuous playing at the NEC, Birmingham.

 
 

Richard Greening

I'm Richard Greening and I am a member of the Corps of Drums and also play drum kit and some untuned percussion with the main band. I joined the Corps of Drums about 5 years ago after not playing since my time in Boys Brigade as a teenager. Not playing in a band before I really didn't know what to expect, but I was made to feel really welcome and soon felt part of the band.

 

Annie Hopper

I joined the band in July 2007 and am now the flute section leader. I enjoy the variety of repertoire and have been privileged to take part in some unusual and high profile events with the band.

 
 

Kirsty Taffs

I joined in March 2012 as a French Horn player in the Concert and Marching bands, and I also play the trumpet.

 

Laura Taffs

I joined the band in October 2010, and play the trumpet in both the Concert Band and the Marching Band as well as helping out with some of the other smaller ensembles that are included with the band. I enjoy the great variety of music we play at a wide range of concerts, parades and other high profile events around the local area and further afield.

 
 

Emily Jenner

I've been in the Band since 2013, and have had the opportunity to play at an amazing variety of gigs ever since! I am the Publicity Manager, and have also organised one of our trips abroad to Belgium where we played alongside local bands and at the Menin Gate. 

 

Emma Moody

I have been playing the flute in the Concert Band since 2015. I also play in the Flute Ensemble and am learning how to march, whilst playing the piccolo. Before joining the band I played in 2 other bands, performing around the UK and abroad, but had a period of a few years where I did not play regularly. Nevertheless the band made me feel very welcome and I have been lucky enough to perform at a wide variety of exciting places and be a part of some fantastic social opportunities and I look forward to lots more in the future.

 
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