Meet the band

Musical Director – John Thompson

John started playing trumpet at age 7, concentrating on classical then jazz genres, before joining his first brass band (York Railway institute) at the age of 18 on cornet, then soprano. After completing his undergraduate degree in music at Huddersfield university, John has continued his eclectic mix of ensemble playing, before turning to conducting through the band he currently plays for, Barnsley Brass as deputy.
Even though it has been a challenge, John has enjoyed his experience with Garforth, building a band from a very low point and is looking forward to a bright future

Solo Cornet – Paul Baross

Paul started playing Cornet for the Salvation Army at 9yrs progressing to front row cornet with York Citadel Salvation Army Brass Band as a teenager. He had a break from playing for 25 years, returned and was soon playing on the front row once again. He has played front row cornet for contesting bands Wetherby Silver band and East Yorkshire Brass, and Repiano cornet for York Railway Institute Band. Alongside this he has played front row for Malton White Star band, Markham Main Colliery band and Principal cornet for York RI Golden Rail Band.
Paul has always enjoyed playing both for fun and contesting, as well as taking part in all the charity and social activities that banding brings.

Solo Cornet – Catherine Wiggins


Solo Cornet


Solo Cornet


Soprano Cornet


Repieno Cornet – Theresa Robinson

Theresa started playing at 39 years of age after hearing the Last Post in church on Remembrance Sunday, which inspired her to want to be able to play it. She was encouraged to play by a very patient MD in Sherburn band. She has played back row cornet with contesting Bands Wetherby Silver, East Yorkshire Brass and York Railway Institute Bands. She has also played Repiano with Malton White star band and Flugelhorn with York RI Golden Rail Band, Markham Main and until recently, Garforth.
Theresa loves playing, especially Christmas carols. She achieved her ambition by having the honour of playing the Last Post several times alongside partner Paul Baross (solo cornet). Their relationship started 20 years ago when Paul lent Theresa his cornet and have been playing in bands together ever since.

2nd Cornet


2nd Cornet


3rd Cornet – Christine Wiggins


3rd Cornet – Kirstin Barnes




Solo Horn – Oliver Wiggins


1st Horn – Alistair Hull


2nd Horn – Christine Keith


Solo Euphonium – Andrew Wiggins


2nd Euphonium


1st Baritone


2nd Baritone – Jane Nolan


Solo Trombone – Naomi Asssame


2nd Trombone


Bass Trombone – James Silk


E flat Bass – Claire Thompson


E flat Bass


B flat Bass


B flat Bass


Percussion – Ben Stone

More Info/bios coming soon!