New signings!

Strata are delighted to announce a number of changes to personnel in our cornet section.

Firstly, a huge welcome to our new Principal Cornet Lucy Heeley who joins us from Chapeltown Silver Prize Band, where she has been assistant principal cornet since 2017.

Lucy has numerous accolades, including being awarded Rotherham Young Musician of the year (Intermediate Section) in 2017 & more recently several prizes in the Holme Valley Solo Contest. She’s also part of the 2018 National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.  All this & Lucy isn’t yet 14!

Lucy gave us the following statement:
“I am really excited to be given this fantastic opportunity by Strata and am looking forward to the challenge. I would like to thank everyone at Chapeltown and in particular previous and current Music Directors Andrew Dennis and Sam Fisher for the wonderful opportunities they gave me over the past 3 years”

Our gratitude goes to John Parkinson who steps down from the principal seat due to work commitments. John is staying with the band as assistant principal cornet.

Comments from our MD Jonathan Bates:
“It’s a great pleasure to be able to welcome such an exciting talent in Lucy to the band. I first came across her playing as an adjudicator at the Holme Valley Solo Championships, where she won every section she entered, including the award for the most outstanding musical performance of the day. As a player with such huge potential, and one who is already a member of the solo cornet bench of the National Youth Brass Band, we’re delighted at Strata to be the next stage of Lucy’s musical development.”

Welcome also to Jennifer Doran, who joins on the front row from Worsborough Brass.

A statement from Jennifer:
“I am really excited to be joining the band and look forward to improving as a player as a result”

Finally a huge thank you to Philip Barrett who has unfortunately had to make the decision to retire from playing for health reasons.

Philip sent the band the following message:
“After so many years I have many good memories but one I will always cherish is the area win earlier this year.
Finally may I say thanks for all the friendship during my time with the band and I wish you all, both individually and collectively, all the best for the future”

With the above changes that means we’re almost at full strength, however we are still recruiting for a Tenor Trombone. Please contact us if you’re interested!

We now look forward to our next engagement at Wetherby Bandstand in August, before the National Finals in September.