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Sam Shelley, Percussion - Sam first started playing the drums at the tender age of 4 and hasn’t looked back. He is currently studying Music Technology at Staffordshire University and is also a DJ and technician. Sam is the Assistant Band Leader for Cannock YP Band and is also a member of the Cannock Salvation Army Brass Band, the West Midlands Youth Band and Salvation Brass. A very talented young man, Sam has also had many compositions and arrangements published by the Salvation Army and Lake Publications.
Sam Lear, First Horn - Sam began playing Tenor Horn aged 8 and joined the City of Birmingham Brass Band aged 17. She spent 15 years on Soprano Cornet before moving to Leicestershire in 2004, where she made the move back to tenor horn. Most recently Sam played solo horn at Leiecester Co-op. For more than 10 years she has been heavily involved with Youth Brass 2000, and has mentored some of the country’s finest young brass musicians. Sam made her debut with the band at Wychavon Festival of Brass in 2019.
Richard Corser-Wallace, Solo Euphonium - Richard returns to the band on Solo Euphonium twenty years after playing Solo Baritone. He studied euphonium with Michael Howard before continuing his studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire. He has played for many bands around the Midlands and has contributed to some of the many successful years that The Staffordshire Band has had. He has also gained a good reputation for conducting and has worked with many bands across the Midlands.
Nick Lear, Principal Cornet - Nick started his playing career with the Torbay Youth Band, moving to the senior band before joining Totnes. While at university he played with The City of Birmingham Brass Band then joined Aldbourne after he graduated. Between 2004-2016 Nick played Principal Cornet with the Leicestershire Co-op Band. More recently, he has played with Derwent, Foresters and Kibworth.
Ade Odedina, Eb Bass - Ade started playing tuba at 14 and joined The Shirley Band soon after leaving school. During his early playing career he played with Coleshill Silver, City of Birmingham and then moved to Walsall CI Group Band. After playing with them for 5 years, Ade joined Desford Colliery where he enjoyed many successes and toured Singapore and Thailand. He has also guested with many of the country’s top brass bands, including Britannia Building Society, Grimethorpe, Flowers, Carlton Main Frickley and Fairey’s. He has played for The Staffordshire Band on and off for 15 years and has been an integral part of some of the band’s finest moments.
A FULL HOUSE (OF GOD) AT HOLY TRINITY - 15 FEBRUARY 2020
The introduction of the Staffordshire Band to the audience at Holy Trinity Church, Old Hill was definitely no baptism of fire. The Band hosted a charity evening to raise funds for the church and raised the roof. Mary Poppins met James Bond and The Incredibles in a programme that pleased all ages intertwined with traditional hymns arranged by Philip Wilby and sung beautifully by the audience. The evening was enjoyed by young and old alike and it has even encouraged Nic the Vic to dust off his trumpet and start practicing again.
PODIUM FINISH AT BUTLINS - 11 JANUARY 2020
The band were delighted to take home third prize in the First Section at the Butlin’s Mineworker’s Open National Brass Band Festival. After months of hard work and determination on Mike Kilmartin’s Symphonic Episodes for Brass Band, we were delighted to have put on a fantastic performance at the contest in Skegness against some top competition. The test piece was a joy to rehearse and the band have started 2020 with a bang! The hard work, determination and perseverance from every band member was admirable and we now look forward to the Midlands Area contest where we hope to add to our success.
A MAYOR'S WELCOME - 17 JANUARY 2020
We were delighted to be invited to Walsall Town Hall recently by the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall. Councillors Paul and Chris Bott extended the invitation in recognition of our contribution to Walsall's Remembrance Day Parade, which we are proud to be a part of each year. We would like to thank former Mayor Norman Stanley Matthews for a fascinating tour of the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber which we all thoroughly enjoyed.