History of the Cornet

The cornet originated from the post horn in the early 1800's and came into being through the development of the valve system that is now common in other brass instruments. The first virtuoso cornet player was Jean-Baptiste Arban who in 1864 published his Arban method, a tutorial book on development of playing technique and methodology. This book is still the cornet players bible today. The cornet differs from the trumpet in that it is shorter and conical in design as oppose to cylindrical. This design gives the cornet a more mellow tone than the trumpet. All cornets are manufactured in Bb pitch - the higher pitch being given by the solitary soprano (Eb). The traditional brass band will carry 9 cornets, front row of 4 solo cornets, back row consisting of repiano, 2 first cornets and 2 second cornets. In the 50's and 60's James Shepherd and Maurice Murphy were the benchmark for all cornet players to aspire to. Today that responsibility is continued by players such as Roger Webster. The cornet is a popular instrument for young children to learn on as it is light and easy to hold and prices range from £200 - £2000. Please scroll down to be introduced to the cornet players in our band.

Alfie Hughes - Principal Cornet

Alfie Hughes - Principal CornetAlfie is a "Pompey" girl. She started playing cornet at the age of 9 at St Albans school in Havant. She studied and achieved her music degree at Chichester University. Her early banding days were with Solent Concert under the direction of Wes Garner (her step-father), where she first experienced qualifying and playing at the Albert Hall in London (8 more banding visits over the years have been highlights). She moved to Chichester City Band where she stayed for 22 years both as Solo Horn and Principal cornet. Alfie joined BCB on Solo Horn in 2009 and moved to the Principal Cornet seat shortly after.
She has two children and is also a qualified foster parent and brass teacher.

Nick Jarvis - Principal Cornet

Nick Jarvis - Solo CornetNick started playing the Trumpet at the age of 11 and by 16 was a member of Dorset and Wessex Youth Orchestras. Whilst studying for a degree in Chemistry at Southampton he was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta. In 2008 Nick was invited to play a concerto at the St.Stephens Music Festival in Bournemouth.

Taking up the challenge of the Cornet, Nick joined Bournemouth Concert Brass in 2007 and as such this is his first and only brass band. Fitting a busy music life around being a head of Chemistry at Ferndown Upper School, Nick is the principal trumpet player with the Westbourne Orchestra, a musician with several musical theatre groups and is conductor of the Christchurch British Legion Band.

Matty Sowinski Brown - Solo Cornet

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Stewart Gaudion - Solo Cornet

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John Kidby - Repiano Cornet

John Kidby - Solo HornJohn joined BCB in 2008 when he transferred from Chichester City Band with his wife Lois who plays 2nd Cornet. Originating in Kent, John started playing at the age of 13 at St John's School in Margate. Leaving school he took an electricians apprentice position at Snowden Colliery where he joined Betteshanger Colliery Band. Moving to Portsmouth to continue his studies at Portsmouth Polytechnic he joined Portsmouth City Band. Completing his studies at University with an HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. John settled in Portsmouth and joined Cosham Band where he met and married Lois. John has enjoyed playing in a total of 7 National Finals including the Albert Hall in 2000 with Chichester City Band. When not working or playing in the band his interests are running and skiing.

Lois Kidby - 2nd Cornet

Lois Kidby - 2nd CornetLois came to BCB in 2008 with her husband John, our Solo Horn player. Learning to play at school, Lois joined Cosham Band after her exams where she stayed for over 20 years - and also met and married John. In 2000 they moved to Chichester City Band. Lois, like her husband John, enjoys running and skiing. Her playing highlight was playing at the Royal Albert Hall with Chichester City band in 2000.

VACANCY - 2nd Cornet

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Peter Munns - 3rd Cornet

Peter Munns - Second CornetPeter is the Northerner in the Band. A professional carpenter, most his working life was was in the Mossley area where he played in Mossley Band enjoying in his time two visits to the Albert Hall as National finalists and joint concerts with Brighouse and CWS Manchester and Wingates. After a brief spell of working and living on the Isle of White and playing principal cornet with Ryde band, Peter semi-retired to Bournemouth. Hearing the band one day at Lychett Minster in 1995 he was captured by BCB and has been with us since. His is a great admirer of the Black Dyke band and his favourite piece of music is Variations on a Ninth". He lives in Boscombe with his partner Mary.


Jurg Syfrig - 3rd Cornet

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VACANCY - 3rd Cornet

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