Alf Hughes - Solo Horn

Alfie Hughes - Principal CornetAlf 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, and is currently back on Solo Horn.
She has two children and is also a qualified foster parent and brass teacher.

Anne Gaudion - 1st Horn

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Wendy Bourne - 2nd Horn

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January 2013 and the band welcome Wendy to the horn section joining her husband Colin (Eb Bass) in a regular commute to Bournemouth from their home near Chichester. Wendy was a late musical starter but her Grandma had given her some piano lessons when she was about 4, and she has got a tune out of something ever since. At secondary school Wendy progressed to clarinet & saxaphone. She made the transition to brass band by accident in the early 90s, and joined Chichester City Band on cornet. Wendy also enjoyed a short period with Otterbourne Brass and is now enjoying playing horn with BCB. A versatile musician, Wendy's musical highlight was at the Millennium National Finals playing tuned percussion at the Royal Albert Hall with Chichester City Band. When relaxing Wendy enjoys spending time with Colin, family & friends, playing piano & guitar - at home, not in public, skiing, swimming, dancing, and pottery.

Ken Taken - Life President

Ken Taken - Second HornKen was the band's chairman, a position he held for 17 years over two periods. He recently retired from this position and is now the band's Life President. His senior banding started in 1968 with the Shaftesbury Crusade (Bristol) band, qualifying for 3 successive Championship section National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and winning 4th prize in 1970. He then spent 9 years with the City of Coventry band playing regularly at the British Open Championship and other National contests. At this time Ken enjoyed a spell of playing with the famous Harry Mortimer's Men O'Brass and All Star Brass. This was then followed by 2 years with Morris Motors band, then conducted by Harry Mortimer, before joing BCB in 1982. Although he has retired from regular playing he attends the band's concerts with his wife Zara, and comes along to rehearsals to see how we are doing!