Cornets (Back Row)


Alan Haggart

Soprano Cornet

Playing the cornet from the age of ten, Alan had many successes in solo competitions and even more failures. As a trumpeter he toured several times with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and eventually graduated with an MA with First Class Honours in Music, and an LTCL.

Alan has played with more brass/wind bands, orchestras, chamber groups and jazz bands than he cares to remember, and performed in the pit for over a hundred and fifty musicals and operas.

Alan is a brass instrumental teacher for Aberdeen City Council, and is conductor of both Aberdeen Youth Wind Band and Big Band. He currently plays lead trumpet in the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra.

Alan and his wife Wendy (also a cornet player) have three children: Amanda and twins David and Stephen.

Alan has two brothers who are far better musicians than him.


Cathy Smith

Repiano Cornet

Cathy started playing the trumpet at Notre Dame High School in Manchester. Even then her links with the North East of Scotland were assured because her teacher, Mike Bennett, was an Aberdeen loon studying at the Royal Northern College of Music! She played with Urmston and Davyhulme Silver Band (now Flixton Band) as well as the North West Area Brass Band conducted by the legendary Ted Buttress.

She is a graduate of Aberdeen University and is married with 3 grown up children. Lucy, Anna and Philip were all keen brass players who are currently “resting” until the brass bug bites them again…
Cathy played Principal Cornet with Bon Accord B Band for many happy years but she is proud of her new position as anchorman of the cornet section.

She works as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school and also plays trumpet in Grampian Concert Orchestra. She is a lover of opera, sunny smiles, Darjeeling tea, Dundee cake and running -to counteract the effects of the cake!!!


Wendy Haggart

Second Cornet

Wendy started playing the trumpet at the age of 12 at Linksfield Academy where her tutor was Andy Pinkerton. She played in the schools highly successful wind band and in bands at the Aberdeen Music Centre.

After a spell in Aberdeen City Band she joined Granite City Brass in 1989, taking a couple of sabbaticals enforced by the arrival of her children.

Wendy is married to the band’s Soprano Cornet player, Alan and they have a daughter Amanda and twin boys David and Stephen.


Sam Hill

Second Cornet

Sam has played for more bands than he’s had hot meals and has played in every seat from soprano to 2nd horn. Starting with Forfar Instrumental at the age of 10 he signed with Tayport for the 2014 Nationals. He returned to Forfar the following year before travelling around Arbroath, Bon Accord B and finally ending up at Granite City.

Sam has also been a member of NYBBS for 9 years and played flugel for Carnoustie and District in their one-off ‘comeback’ tour in 2016.


Jennie McDonald

Third Cornet

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