President — Cameron Barker
Cameron is a third year Maths student, who started playing trombone at the age of 9, after a brief and fairly unsuccessful affair with the flute. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of ensembles, including his school orchestra and local youth jazz band, as well as Salvation Army brass bands, but it wasn’t until joining Brass Society that he had his first experience of a contesting band.
During his time in the society, Cameron has really enjoyed being a part of the main band, Symphonic Brass, and the executive committee, with highlights including UniBrass and organising a concert for Symphonic, and he is really looking forward to the challenges which the coming year will bring. Outside BrassSoc, Cameron can be found baking lemon drizzle cake, enjoying a refreshing drink of mango juice, and grabbing the wedge.
Treasurer — Katie Wannop
Being from Yorkshire, Katie has always loved being a part of brass bands! She started playing the cornet at the age of 8 and first got involved with brass bands at the age of 12. She has been a member of both the Black Dyke and Grimethorpe Youth Bands and was lucky enough to be part of a Championship section brass band for three years before leaving for university. Outside of banding, Katie is a maths student and also studies German. She currently plays Solo Cornet in the band and is very much looking forward to being a part of the Exec in the coming year!
Secretary — Caio Rear
Caio is a third year maths student from Edinburgh, and has been playing the trombone since he was 11. Having only played in big bands and orchestras, he had no experience of brass bands before coming to university. Since then he has become accustomed to their traditions and enjoys playing with them every week. Outside of maths and Brass Society, his interests include: a nice cold Guinness, cooking, pub quiz machines and Dwight Barkley films.
Marketing Manager — Emma Poppleton
Emma is currently in her second year studying Engineering and her other interests include a love for anything creative, stop-motion animation and all things Wallace and Gromit related!
Concert Manager — Annicca Prince
Annicca is a 2nd year physics student who started playing the trumpet at age 9. She has been a part of the Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band for 6 years and has performed on S4C and at the European Youth Brass Band Championships. Along with a selection of youth bands, she is also a keen member of her local non-competing band, Monmouth Town Band. Annicca joined Brass Society in the first week of university and has loved every moment, her highlights being going to Harrogate for Unibrass and the socials, especially pudding social!
Librarian and Equipment Manager — Helen Wood
Helen first started learning the trumpet when she was 8 years old when she heard the James Bond theme played at a demonstration by her music teacher, and has now been playing for nearly 12 years. During that time, she achieved her grade 8 as well as being a regular member of East Sussex Music Service. This included playing 1st trumpet/Solo Cornet in Eastbourne Youth Brass and Eastbourne Youth Concert Band and Repiano Cornet in East Sussex Brass Band.
At Warwick Helen is in her second year studying English and Theatre Studies. She has thoroughly enjoyed her first year with the Brass Society and playing Solo Cornet in the main band. Highlights for her are winning LBBA Contest with the band and being titled Most Entertaining Brass Band at Unibrass 2017. She’s very excited to be a part of the Brass Exec and can’t wait to see what the next year brings for the society.
Social Secretary — Heather Crossland
Heather plays the Tenor Horn and is a second year History and German student. She started playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 7 and has been a member of Barnsley Met Band since the age of 9. One of the things Heather enjoys most about being in a Brass Band is the opportunity to travel and play at local, national, and international venues, having performed at the National Finals in Cheltenham and various Christmas markets across Germany. Heather also has a variety of interests outside of music which include reading, swimming, and baking.
Symphonic Brass Coordinator — Matt Jackman
Matt is a second year Maths student who started playing Trumpet at the age of 7. Matt had no Brass Banding background prior to University – he started off playing in his school Concert Band, before joining local Orchestras and Big Bands, performing at a large number of competitions and concerts across the UK and Europe. Matt is, by trade, a lead trumpet player with a love of jazz music, so joining the Brass Band was somewhat of a culture shock for him in comparison to his previous experiences in Big Bands, but he thoroughly enjoys playing Solo Cornet in the Main Band and Trumpet in Symphonic. As Coordinator of the Symphonic Brass group, he gets to ensure that the group plays a wide variety of musical genres, and has also done some arranging for the ensemble. Aside from BrassSoc, Matt enjoys football, cracking open a cold one with the lads, and listening to Wayne Bergeron.
Beginners’ Brass Coordinator — Tomos Morgan
Tomos started playing the cornet at the age of nine. He joined the Haverhill youth and community band before he his first lesson, and that went about as well as you’d expect, thankfully he has improved since then, and has played for a number of different brass bands across the country due to work and study. His experience with scout leading and outreach as part of his PhD has allowed him to enjoy many teaching opportunities that he hopes to put to good use as part of beginners brass coordinator. Outside of banding Tomos is an avid rock climber, set builder, and scout leader.
Webmaster — Catherine Fox
Catherine started learning trumpet aged 11, and joined the confusingly named Besses Boys Brass Band, based in Bury, Lancashire, on cornet shortly after. Whilst in the band, she became fully immersed in the brass band contesting world, performing at three consecutive National Finals, and has enjoyed the chance to continue to compete whilst at Warwick. Upon starting University, she was lucky enough to be given the chance to play Flugel, and has enjoyed the challenges that the seat brings.
Outside of brass banding, she is a fourth year Civil Engineer, who also enjoys karaoke at the Duck, and hill walking (not easy in Coventry). As an ex-President of the Society, Catherine is looking forward to fully appreciating the social side of BrassSoc over the next year, whilst generally being a nuisance to the new exec.
BrassSoc is extremely grateful to its former execs who have contributed to making the Society the great institution it is today. Details of execs from 1998 are available here in PDF format.