Phil Jones - Musical Director
Been full circle! Started at the age of 9 playing in my local Brass Band and then moved to quintets, college big band and wind band then Orchestras and musical productions at Uni. After that it was more big bands and a 7 piece soul band. I'm now back to grass roots playing with the fabulous Bold Brass.
Ben started his musical life as a choirboy and with piano lessons at the age of 8. He joined the orchestra at secondary school, choosing trumpet, but, was put onto violin! When Marshfield band advertised for youngsters, he grabbed the chance to learn cornet, progressing to Principal Cornet before leaving home at 17. When Ben joined the police, he continued playing the Cornet, Flugel and Eb Soprano, joining Bold Brass in 1993 when he finally settled on Trumpet.
Jim is primarily a bassist and served 23 years in the RAF as a musician. These days he's a marketer and web designer but always prefers playing music and still can be seen playing double bass with jazz groups and leading the Boulevard Big Band in the local area.
Jim has now been with Bold Brass for around 18 months playing trombone (his secret passion) and, on occasion you may hear one or two of his arrangements being played by the band.
I have been playing brass instruments from the age of 10. Moving to Bristol in 1977 I joined Soundwell Brass Band, who later became Swanbrook Transport Band, playing in the Championship section of competing brass bands, before they disbanded in the early ‘80s. Euphonium is an instrument that is not often used outside of brass or military bands, so I spent a few years playing valve trombone and even joined a jazz funk band in Bristol on trumpet! However, in 1989 Bold Brass had a vacancy on euphonium, due to the sad death of the original euphonium player, and invited me to join. I jumped at this chance, and have been getting away with my version of ‘disco euphonium’ for over 30 years. It’s been brilliant! Very interesting and enjoyable, and long may it continue!
At an early age I took my place sitting next to “Billy White” on third cornet in Huthwaite Silver Prize Band conducted by my father Haydn Cooper, the fourth generation to be handed the baton. Progressing up to Rep then Euphonium with my brother Lyndon, then the “can you either go on Trombone or E flat for this contest,“ so that was it a bass player I became.
A few years later answering the call for a dep I went to play for the Bestwood Black Diamonds Band until a job opportunity meant a move to Weston super Mare and played for a few local bands: Copperfield; Glastonbury; B&Highbridge; Portishead and Bristol East sometime during this time Ron Bold asked me to dep for Bold Brass and am still getting away with it after all these years...so far anyway.