Flugel Jamie Wade
Originally from the Isle of Man Jamie started playing cornet with Douglas Town Band in 1999. In 2005 he moved to Manchester to study and it was during this time that he became involved with Middleton Band.
Jamie joined the band on 2nd cornet until 2008 when he moved to Rep. In 2010 Jamie moved to 2nd man down on the front row.
Since joining the band Jamie has taken on the responsibility of Librarian. He also decided to get the website up and running again. Now he just needs to make sure that he keeps it up to date!
The highlights of Jamie’s career were playing at the National Finals in 2002 with Douglas Town Band and winning the 3rd Section National Finals in 2007 with Middleton Band.
Solo Horn Emma Davies
Emma started playing in September 1998, where she also started playing with the Oldham Music Centre. She worked her way up to the Youth Band where she enjoyed competing in the contests in London.
She took her grade 3 exam in 2000, which she passed with distinction closely followed by her grade 5 in 2002 which again was passed with distinction.
Emma joined Middleton Band in 2002 to be with her Dad who at the time played Bb bass for the band.
This led to her grade 5 theory exam in 2005, which again she passed with distinction.
She was on a roll after that and auditioned for the National Youth Band of Great Britain which she also passed.
The most memorable experience in Emma’s playing career to date was competing in the National finals at Harrogate in 2007 were the band came 1stand were promoted to the second section.
For the future Emma is hoping to complete her Grade 8 exam and carry on her learning and improving with Middleton Band. Her dream would be to compete in the top section with Middleton.
Emma plays “Over the Rainbow”
1st Horn Angela Houghton
Angel first blew a tenor horn in 1990 at the age of 7 when she picked up her Dads instrument, this was inevitable as her granddad, great-granddad and great-great-granddad were all brass players.
Angela started to play properly in 1994 when her Dad started a local youth band for the then named Middleton Borough Brass Band and was taught by various members of the main band, some of whom are still in the band now.
She played her way up to solo horn in the successful youth band and joined the main band in 1999 at the age of 16 on 2nd horn, whilst sill playing solo horn in the youth band and helping teach any new beginners.
Angela was promoted to 1st horn a couple of years later where she has stayed and enjoys playing the odd solo, her favourite being Misty.
Her greatest banding moment was when the band won the National Finals in 2007.
Angela has always enjoyed playing and is very proud to be playing in her local town band. She owes a lot to her Dad who has always encouraged her and made her the player she is today.
Angela Plays Misty
2nd Horn Fred Houghton
Fred is our 2nd horn player and brings 50+ years worth of experience with him to band every week.
He is the band’s Secretary and is the main driving force behind the organisation of the band.
He has played with lots of other bands, including Barton Hall Works band, Cadishead Band, British Vita, BT, the NWWA Youth Band and the Lancashire Youth Band.
Having such a long banding career, it’s not surprising that Fred has enjoyed several highlights, mainly coming 3rd at the Belle Vue contest with British Vita, coming 3rd at the National Finals with Middleton in 2002 and recording a CD with Middleton the year after that.
Fred says he loves seeing young players getting on and becoming successful in banding.
Fred has nominated “Tournament For Brass” as his all-time favourite piece of music and at the other end of the scale he’s nominated “Florrie Forde’s Favourites” as his worst.
Fred Plays “A time for Peace”