Cornets (Back Row)
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 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 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.
Tammie first started playing cornet at the age of 8 with Abbey Brass in Jedburgh. After a couple of years she progressed into Jedforest Instrumental Band as a solo cornet and became a member of NYBBS and the Scottish Borders youth band. Tammie’s musical highlights are winning the youth championships in 2005 with Abbey Brass and winning the 3rd section with Jedburgh Instrumental Band and competing in the national finals. Tammie moved to Aberdeen in 2013 to study music at North East Scotland College (formerly Aberdeen College) and joined Granite City Brass to keep learning and enjoy playing in a very talented band.
Jennifer has been playing since the age of 10 as a Trumpet player, but recently took up cornet. She has always had an interest in music, she also plays piano however loves to play in brass bands. The musical director Bruce Wallace has been her instructor since her early years in playing at school.
Jennifer has been attending Granite City Brass since November 2013, and the band have won silverware in every contest since!
Jodie’s life as a musician started when she was 11 years old the day a man named Alan Haggart gave her a trumpet. Then through the rest of her school years she played in many bands within school as well as through the Summerhill Music Centre.
Aged 18 Jodie then moved to England to study Music and Psychology at Sunderland University where she became part of the University’s Big Band which hosted the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival every year (a great excuse to have free entry to 3 days of great music!).
During her time in Sunderland and later Newcastle, Jodie became the Musical Director and Chairman of the Sunderland Youth Orchestra and Academy (where she stole many / all ideas from all her previous teachers!). She also played in the pit for some shows in Newcastle, all while being kept on her toes working as a special needs assistant!
Since moving back to her hometown in the glorious summer of 2015 Jodie has been working as a Pupil Support Assistant and is toying with the idea of going back to university, so being part of Granite City Brass (the first brass band she has ever been a part of!) is a great experience!