Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas hails from Rhymney in the South Wales valleys. He initially played percussion, but an obvious lack of promise soon facilitated a change to the euphonium when he was thirteen! He signed up for peripatetic brass lessons at Abertillery Comprehensive School, where his father also taught I.T.  His first band was the now reformed Ebbw Vale Town Band, a local fourth section band who regularly came recruiting into local schools. He enjoyed two years with the band, sitting next to Grimethorpe's current second euphonium, Christian Dullea!

Zoe Hancock

Zoe Hancock grew up in Cornwall and started playing the Flugelhorn Horn in the St Dennis learners group at the age of 6. She progressed to the youth band and played her first contest with the senior band aged 9. Her passion grew more as she started competing in Solo Contests throughout Cornwall and won many prizes. Whilst at St Dennis, the band gained promotion from the 4th to Championship section within 6 years.

Alison Childs

Alison is a successful business woman, Director and Administrator for Doyen Recordings Ltd.  Her experience prior to Doyen included Personal Assistant to Regional Director of National Car Company and Personal Assistant to Managing Director CWS Travel.

Alison academically gained an Honours Degree in Health and Social Care, Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and a Certificate in Health and Social Care.

Samantha Latus

Sammy started playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 8 through the Hull Music Service were she also played the Piano and French Horn. During her time at the Music service she worked her way up to the senior ensembles for the Youth Wind Band, Brass Band, Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra. She also gained places in both the Yorkshire Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

Siobhan Bates

Siobhan Bates – Principal Tenor Horn

Siobhan found she could get a decent sound out of a brass instrument when she was just 3 years old and by 5 she was playing the French Horn and Tenor Horn in the Brass and Wind Bands of the South Derbyshire Music Centre, based near her home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. 

At age 10, she auditioned and gained a place at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire on French Horn, eventually playing Principal Horn in the orchestras and ensembles there.

Laura Conway

Surrounded by a family that thrives for brass, Laura was introduced to the cornet at the very early age of three and was tutored mainly by her parents. By the age of 13 she had become Principal Cornet of the multi National and European award-winning Wardle Academy Youth Band lead by Conductor and Uncle, Lee Rigg. Laura held this position for six years and gained vast experience performing in some of the U.K.’s leading concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall and The Sage,

Adam Neild

The talented 19-year-old Adam Neild, a past principal cornet of the National Children's Band and a member of the Junior School at the RNCM and Blue Coat School Oldham, joined Black Dyke Band from the Solo Cornet Bench at Fairey Band in 2017.

David Smith

My passion for brass lies deep within the brass band community. Having held the position of Principal Cornet with the Harrogate Band aged 19, I quickly progressed into top level banding aged 21, when I joined the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on front row. From there, I was able to spread my wings, accept a seat within the cornet section of the Black Dyke Band in November 2009 and have never looked back.