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Meet Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band posted 11 Dec 2019

Meet Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band

We caught up with Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band, Richard Marshall, ahead of the band's performance at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 18 January 2020 as part of the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 series.  

How long have you played with the Black Dyke Band?

I’ve been principal cornet of Black Dyke for 14 years. 

What's the best thing about playing in a brass band?

Brass bands have been a part of my life for 34 years. The sound a top class band makes is unique and it’s such a privilege to be part of. 

What’s your highlight so far with the Black Dyke Band? 

Too many to mention, but winning my first ever British Open Championships was very special. 

How did you get involved with playing a brass instrument?

My father was a flugelhorn player and I loved the sound and was immediately hooked!

What was your earliest musical experience?

One of my earliest musical experiences was playing my grade 3 exam piece with my first band, Hatfield Colliery, at Platts Common Working Men’s Club. 

Who has been your biggest influence?

Definitely my parents and my fabulous wife and two children. Also, Mr Ken Johnson, whom was my teacher. 

Do you enjoy practising or find it a chore?

I thoroughly enjoy practising. 

Were your parents musical?

My father played in Brodsworth Colliery Band and Hatfield Colliery Band. 

What piece of music do you most enjoy playing?

My favourite piece of Brass Band music is Resurgam by Eric Ball. 

What’s the best and worst things about performing?

To have the support of your fellow band members is a great feeling and when you see a good audience reaction, that’s something special. Obviously things don’t go your way all the time, so you have to take the rough with the smooth and move on. 

What can the audience expect from a performance by the Black Dyke Band?

A Black Dyke programme offers a wide range of stylistic virtuoso playing from band and its star soloists.  

View the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 brochure online 

Leeds Best of Brass Series 2019/20:
Saturday 19 October 2019 - Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Saturday 16 November 2019 - Tredegar Town Band 
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Leyland Band
Saturday 18 January 2020 - Black Dyke Band
Saturday 8 February 2020 - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Saturday 7 March 2020 - Foden's Band 
Saturday 4 April 2020 - Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Saturday 25 April 2020 - Rothwell Temperance Band