Euphonium David Clough
David has played with Fishburn since early 2019, formally joining in April 2019 He has quickly and skilfully adapted to the position of Solo Euphonium having been thrown into the 'deep end' due to the loss of our 2 Euphonium players in quick succession.
David originates from Bradford and started to learn the Cornet at the age of 10. He comes from a very musical family. His father, John, was Solo Euphonium with the famous Black Dyke Mills Band for 28 years, his mother, Rita, a former Tenor Horn player, met his father at the inaugural National Youth Brass Band. His brother Richard plays Percussion and has played with bands including; Black Dyke, Leyland/BNFL and Yorkshire Building Society, and his sister Janet plays the piano.
In his early years of playing, David received tuition from the legendary Phillip McCann and after a while moved onto Tenor horn. At the age of 15, David joined Hammonds Sauce Works Band on 2nd Horn under the direction of the late great Geoffrey Whitham and it was during this time that David moved onto Baritone.
David had spells with Lewington Yamaha Brass, helping them win the Grand Shield in 1986, Yorkshire Imperial Band, before moving to Leyland DAF in 1989 (later becoming BNFL before returning to Leyland Band), under the direction of Dick the Stick (Richard Evans).
During his time with Leyland/BNFL he won many of the top major honours including The British Open (1994), which was extra special as his father and brother were both in the same band, All England Masters, Brass in Concert 3 times, North West Area Champions on 4 occasions and regularly featured in the prizes at many other competitions including the National finals. With them he toured Japan and Korea, USA, Germany and Switzerland plus a variety of other Countries. During this time the band were ranked No 1 in the World.
David has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, played on many CD’s, radio and deputised for many bands including Fodens, Grimethorpe and Brighouse & Rastrick. He has played under some of the top conductors in the Country namely Harry Mortimer, Major Peter Parkes, Howard Snell and James Scott.
David moved to Cleveland in 1996 and played solo Euphonium for the Cleveland Police Band before taking a break for about 4 years and it was only the fact that his son Ben started to learn percussion that he returned to banding and played percussion alongside Ben at Lockwood Brass, where they were victorious in their first 2 contests winning the North East Area 1st section, winning the best percussion section to boot, and French Open 1st section.
Since Ben became a member of Fishburn, David has been a regular attendee (Dads Taxi) and joined their ranks in April 2019. He is married to Erica and his other son Joe plays the guitar.
Euphonium Laura Jackson
Laura joined Fishburn in October 2019 and is a very welcome addition to the band, bringing a great deal of experience and ability to the band.
Her profile will appear here shortly.
Euphonium Mark Millman
Mark has taken a short break from the band.
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, (New) Grandparents of a treasured Grandson Jesse, 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 the Sage, Gateshead (having formerly working at Durham University as Music Development Coordinator). She 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.