This page was last updated on: 21/2/2023
Band Members
Flugel Horn                                                                                                                                             Joanne Behan

Joanne joined the Band in 2012 having formerly played for Lingdale Silver, North Skelton Band, British Steel (Teesside) Band, Yorkshire Imps, and Reg Vardy Band.

Joanne brings a great deal of experience and high quality playing to the band and is a regular featured soloist with the band.

She is the proud Mum of 2 lovely children, William and Martha, who often attend Band events.

Joanne is Marketing & Publicity Manager at Geneva Instruments and is also a skilled Graphic Designer.

Solo Horn                                                                                                                                           Michael Franey

Michael joined the Band following his return to the North East in the summer of 2009 having completed his BMus Music Degree in Wales, where he played with the famous Cory Band

He formerly played for Spennymoor Town band prior to leaving for University,.

Michael, who is the youngest son of our Percussionist, Kevin, is one of the new stars in banding and has an excellent future assured. 

A regular soloist with the band, he has recently commenced conducting and occasionally conducts the band at rehearsals and events.

We look forward to a long and successful future for both Michael and the Band.

First Horn                                                                                                                                Christopher Turnbull 

Chris joined the band in 2021 following his move back to the area following completion of his Degree in Music in Wales. 

His profile will appear here shortly

Second Horn                                                                                                                                              John Youll

John (aka Cool Youll) is one of the longest serving members of Fishburn Band, having joined in 1975.  He began playing at the age of 12 at Wheatley Hill School being taught by the legendary Gordon Kitto, and his first senior Band was Thornley Colliery in 1972.  Originally playing Cornet in his formative years with the Band, John moved back onto Cornet late 2005 having spent a few years on Tenor Horn, subsequently deciding his best position is actually back in the Horn section.  

John names his playing influences as Jim Shepherd and Alan Morrison.  

A dedicated family man with 2 sons David and Barry and now a Grandfather with baby sitting duties, he is also a Sunderland supporter in addition to his excellent attendance at rehearsals - so his time management skills are exceptional.  Johns best banding memory is playing Checkmate at the Mineworkers contest in Blackpool Winter Gardens with Roger Payne and his favourite brass band piece of music is Festival Overture.  So as his favourite artistes are metal kings 'Led Zeplin' and 'Deep Purple' John shows a diverse musical range.  

John is the resident 'cultural attache' of Fishburn Band with many colourful, descriptive points of view being offered during rehearsals!! It is John's stated ambition to 'hit a top note' while playing his part in Fishburn Band's attempts to become one of the top class Bands over the next decade.
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Michael Franey
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