Basses

You will see 4 tubas on the back row of a brass band - the "Basses" The smaller two, usually closer to the trombones, will be the Eb Basses and the larger two on the cornet side the BBb basses. The differences are in the pitch of the instruments with the BBb's producing the lower tonal sound. Both instruments are made from brass and then either lacquered or electro-plated with nickel, gold or silver. Both instruments use 4 valves, the fourth being on the out edge of the instrument. It is the fourth valve that accesses additional tubing to increase the range of notes available .Typically a BBb will weigh around 28lbs and cost £8-10,000 each to replace. The tuba has it's history in military marching bands - Sousaphones being the most recognisable - with the "concert tuba" being adapted over the years for use in a seated position.

Bill Willis - Eb Bass

Bill Willis - EEb BassBill joined Bournemouth Concert Brass in 1993 on Euphonium, before moving to Eb Bass. He is currently the bands solo Eb Bass player. Raised in Poole with a Salvation Army background Bill was encouraged to play and write by well known local musicians including Malcolm Wheale and Alwyn Green (BSO) and Glyn Bosanko. He was Principal Cornet for 4 years before moving to on to Bass Trombone. In addition to studying conducting with Russell Gray, Bill is a fine composer and arranger and has had many of his compositions and arrangements used in brass band competitions and recordings. Bill lives locally and works in IT support.

Calum Noble-Gresty - Eb Bass

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 Calum joined BCB in 2011. He has a Salvation Army background learning to play at the Hendon corps and eventually moving to bass at the age of 15. Calum has played both Eb and Bb bass since joining, and he covers the Eb 'top' seat when Bill is conducting.

Calum's favourite piece is Skyfall arranged by Bill Willis (band's resident conductor) as 'it has an awesome bass part'.

Calum is one of the band's soloists, He says that he continues to learn more and more being part of Bcb and hopes to be with the band for many years to come.

Calum is proud of his association with the band and plays an active role in promoting the band over the World Wide Web through Facebook (www.facebook.com/BMHconcertbrass) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Bournemouthconc) and he can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Calum works for a local bus company. His hobbies include running, training, football, squash, cycling and golf.

Phil Henley - BBb Bass

Photo to followPhil joined the band in 1998. He started playing in his school band at the age of 11. The majority of Phil's working career has been shift work with the Post Office which for 17 years restricted his ability to commit to playing on a regular basis. Phil is now retired and lives at Canford Heath with his wife Christine. Their son David and daughter Rachel have since left home and also live locally.

Colin Bourne - Bb Bass

Colin Bourne - Eb BassColin has signed for his second commitment to BCB in 2012 having played with us previously in 2005-2009. Raised in Chailey in East Sussex, Colin started playing at 11 in the school band. His banding career started with Haywards Heath Band in 1969 since when he has also played with Uckfield Industries Band, Handcross Brass and City of Chichester. Coronation Brass are a composite band who come together for European trips and Colin has enjoyed visits to Germany four times since 2002 and a visit to Malta in 2004. A highlight of Colin's career was recently playing for Brighouse and Rastrick in concert in January this year. Colin is a keen rugby fan and has only one team - the New Zealand All Blacks. He is also an avid collector of British Coins. Colin lives in Bognor with wife Wendy who is also a brass musician. He is the Contracts Manager for an International Security Fencing manufacturer in Petersfield.