Second Horn

Joanne Darwin

When Joanne was 10 she joined her local village band (junior band) and literally started learning to play.

She started on cornet and was very soon sitting in the “big band” on 3rd cornet. Her first ever contest was the Yorkshire Regional in Bradford where we came in the top three and qualified to represent Yorkshire in London at the National Finals. I was the youngest playing member on stage – aged 11. She changed chair and instrument many times playing Soprano Cornet, Tenor Horn, Flugel Horn and Baritone but always favoured the Horn.

Joanne remained with Stannington Band until she moved away from the area and stopped playing for a short while. She did go to Rossington Colliery band but her heart wasn’t in it at the time.

After this, she had a big break from playing for over 15 years, until her daughter came home from school asking if she could learn a musical instrument. Of course she could, but she had to bring home a brass one (none of those string things!!!) she came home with a tenor horn and this fuelled Joanne’s love of playing once again, Her daughter had lessons at school and at home, and soon joined the junior band where Joanne had first started.

This was the encouragement she needed to sit in to help the young people, and she left the first practice with an instrument in hand. She progressed back into the main band but it wasn’t quite right, and she once more thought about stopping playing.

She moved to Strata in 2006 where she played Repiano cornet for a number of years. It was then due to a re-shuffle of players she was asked to go onto tenor horn which of course, she was more than happy to do.

Joanne joined the committee and has been actively involved in the decision making for the band.

‘Whilst I have so many happy memories and proud moments, I think my ultimate one would be winning the Yorkshire Area in 2018 with people I am proud to call my friends.’