Euphonium David Conway
David joined Fishburn Band in 2017 where he quickly established himself in the Solo Euphonium seat and is a regular featured soloist with the band.
David started out in brass bands at an early age with the Felling Silver Band in Gateshead where his Grandfather was secretary. Briefly on Tenor Horn, then Flugel Horn and finally onto Euphonium, David played for Westoe Band and then Newcastle Brown Ale Band before taking a short break of 10 years.
During that time David worked locally and nationally with a range of choirs as a Soloist, Choral Director and Vocal Coach.
David returned to brass bands once again with Felling Band then NASUWT Riverside Band before joining Fishburn in 2017.
David has recently joined the committee which will further utilise his talents for the benefit of the band.
David also enjoys conducting and currently conducts Murton Band having formerly conducted the NASUWT Concert Band.
Away from bands, David works as Deputy Director at University of Sunderland.
Euphonium Mark Millman
Mark joined the Band in 2016 having formerly played for the world famous Yorkshire Imps Band as well as the Meltham and Meltham Mills Band and the Leyburn Band.
Mark started playing the euphonium at the age of 15 having been inspired, at a county music course, by Michael Dodd. He went on to study performance at university in Huddersfield receiving tuition from David Thornton, going on to complete a BMus degree in 2015.
Mark currently works as a teacher of maths and music in Richmond, North Yorkshire and still enjoys repeatedly telling students exactly what a ‘euphonium’ is.
Baritone Keeley Brickle
Keeley joined Fishburn Band in 2014, initially on Euphonium, joining her husband Paul who had joined a year earlier.
Keeley was self taught saying that while she was still at at school, she worked out what fingers to put down, but didn’t know what the notes were called. She subsequently started her banding life joining Seaham Town Band in 1986 on Euphonium and when asked to play a ‘C’, she didn’t know what it was so went home and learned the notes!. Well she’s progressed pretty well since then we’re sure you’ll agree!
After their wedding in 1989, Keeley and Paul both moved from Seaham Town Band to join Silksworth Colliery Band.
She then joined British Steel Band between 1997 and 1998 on Baritone, which included a highlight of playing in the Royal Albert Hall with ‘Between the Moon and Mexico’. Returning to Silksworth, Keeley played Euphonium for most of her time there, but whilst under the baton of Joe Armstrong, she also played Flugel Horn for two years. Unfortunately, Silksworth Band disbanded in 2006.
She then joined Easington Colliery Band and played Baritone and Euphonium until leaving in 2012. Keeley joined Murton Band and played Euphonium until joining Fishburn just over a year later.
Having had regular spells on Euphonium with the Band, Keeley is currently playing Baritone and is really enjoying it, and is often seen playing solo’s at concerts. She also had the distinct ‘honour’ of playing Cornet with the Band for a short period demonstrating her virtuosity.
A specialist piece of Keeley’s playing is the opening unaccompanied solo when we play ‘One Voice’ during our regular RMT engagements.
Keeley’s sister Kim also plays Trombone in the Band.
Outside of the Band, Keeley works as an Investigating Officer in Children’s Services in Sunderland.
Keeley and Paul are the very proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Ellis and Laurie, and of course not forgetting their dog Dottie!
Baritone Abigail Groocock
Abi joined the band in 2016 just a few weeks before the Blackpool Contest having recently had short stints with Trimdon Brass, Lanchester Band, and any other local bands that needed a euphonium or baritone player. Before moving to Durham Abi played with Daventry Brass Band, back home in the Midlands and was taught by Lynette Wild with Daventry Music Centre Brass who first gave her the contesting bug!
Abi completed a Music Degree at Durham University, specialising in ethnomusicology with a final dissertation on the development and the impact of the brass band contest.
During her time at Durham, brass banding became Abi’s life as she was the President and then Conductor of the Durham University Brass Band. As President she took the band on their inaugural tour to Belgium, and as Conductor she led them to their win at the 2017 UniBrass Shield Contest.
Outside of banding, Abi was a chorister for over 10 years before becoming a Choral Scholar at Coventry Cathedral, under Kerry Beaumont, and then at St Chad’s Chapel Durham University.
Abi now works at Durham University as Music Development Coordinator, is a keen amateur baker, and is looking for further conducting opportunities. Being one of the bands ‘token Southerners’ (despite repeatedly saying she is from the Midlands) she enjoys constantly trying to decipher some band members’ accents.
Abi has also recently been elected onto the Committee, where she will bring fresh ideas to benefit the progress of the Band.