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.

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 ( and Twitter ( 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.

George Morley - Eb Bass

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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.

Martin Collett - BBb Bass

Martin Collett - BBb Bass

Martin joined BCB in 2009 when his family relocated from London. A BBb player for over 30 years his experience is predominantly Salvation Army having spent 17 years playing with the well know Enfield Citadel Band under James Williams as well as other fine SA bands at Southall, Chelmsford and Worthing. Martin has toured Norway, Sweden and Canada and been present on many CD,s. both with Enfield and Egon Virtuosi. Highlights have been shared concerts with Faireys and Black Dyke, playing at the National Finals with John Laing Hendon Band and the many fantastic concert venues across the country. Martin manages a portfolio of corporate accounts for a pan-euro marketing company in Bournemouth and lives with his wife Sharon in Westbourne.