Principal Percussion & Band Manager
John is like the ravens at the tower of London – everything would fall apart without him. He is also the funkiest drummer in the world.
Favourite Piece of Music: It changes from day to day, but at the moment it would to be either ‘Beautiful Day’ by Elbow or ‘The Theme from Schindler’s List’ by John Williams. Both differnt, but both fantastic.
Q: What piece of music makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end?
A: The middle movement of Philip Sparke’s ‘Year of the Dragon’. Not only is it an earth-shatteringly beautiful melody, but Sparke is ony of the few composers that also knows how to write for percussion.
The youngest player in the band – Harry is a very talented and cool young dude.
Another exemplary bandsman, Jonny has “been around” the band over the years. Having done stints on tenor horn and E flat bass, he now shows considerable flair on tuned percussion. He’s a proper rhythm section man!
Mat is really good at hitting things. He destroyed an entire set of tubular bells before our nationals performance in 2017. He’s a pretty bad driver though.