|David Stanley - Musical Director
Dave started the band almost 40 years ago as a Youth Band, which became Arrow Valley Brass in 1990. He has remained Musical Director for the whole of the band’s life.
He was for 10 years Chairman of the British Federation of Brass Bands and is now its Vice-President. As Chairman, he oversaw the gaining of Arts Council Funding and the establishment of a National Office. In 2003 , he was awarded a Diploma of Honour by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
He also conducted the Alcester Victoria silver Band for eight years, the Bretforton Silver Band for eighteen and has recently retired as conductor of his first band, Blockley, where he played trombone and euphonium as a boy.
Dave started playing the cornet at 9 years of age.
His first tutor was a Salvationist who taught brass at his school. Later on he was tutored by Eddie Lamb, a big band trumpet player and leader.
Over the years Dave has played with a number of local brass bands from all sections and has been with Arrow Valley for over 25 years.
"There is a friendship and camaraderie here that is unique. We work as a team and I really enjoy the odd occasion that I can pick up the baton and conduct."
Dave did for a number of years conduct the training band and many of the main band members today trained under his direction.Apart from his band commitments he is very happily married to Sue and they enjoy touring in their leisure time. Dave's next project is to focus on retirement and travelling even more.
The first time Dave Stanley met Sarah was at Bretforton Brass Band.
When Dave returned to Blockley some years later Srah was playing there too.
Dave persuaded Sarah to come and help Arrow Valley Brass as a dep for a concert in Stratford.
She has been with us ever since.
Sarah studied music at Cardiff University.
|Solo Cornet||Amy||Amy joined the band when she was twelve, starting her banding career in the junior band under the baton of Dave Hodgetts. Since then she has played many different parts, working from third cornet to second to now being on the front row. Amy's favourite time of year is Christmas and she knows the carol books inside out.|
Norman started playing the cornet at the age of just six, and played in the Haydock band, in St. Helens, with his father, who taught him to play. He later joined the Haydock & Ashton Youth band and was playing Solo Cornet at just 9 years old.
Norman played Soprano cornet and then became Principal Cornet for Edge Hill (British Rail) band in Liverpool during his teenage years, and also played as Principal Cornet for two other Championship bands, namely Greenalls Brewery and Pemberton bands, based in Wigan, before moving away from the North West to further his work career.
Whilst living in Norfolk, he became Principal Cornet for the Norwich Brewery band, and when in Scotland for the Alva band. Both Championship section bands at the time. He then moved to Kent and later to Redditch but gave up playing for 24 years due to work commitments.
Having recently retired he has started to enjoy playing the cornet once again, and says “it’s just like riding a bike – you never forget, but you’re a bit wobbly at first !"
David Hunt joined Arrow Valley Brass Junior Band aged 9.
Having progressed up through the ranks of the cornet section to Soprano Cornet in the main band he left to attend Huddersfield University where he completed a Music Degree under the tuition of the world famous Cornet player Philip McCann.
Having completed a PGCE (Secondary Music) at Huddersfield David taught in a secondary school in Manchester before returning to the Cotswolds in 2006.
Whilst in Huddersfield David played Cornet for Carlton Main Frickley, Pennine Brass and Soprano Cornet for Boarshurst Silver Band.
David is currently Head of Music and Head of House at a Secondary School in South Warwickshire and conducts the band at their Tuesday night rehearsals.
David occasionally plays Soprano cornet for the band.
|3rd Cornet||Vicky||Vicky is the daughter of our conductor Andy Culshaw. She has been coming to band for approximately 1 year now and has the cheekiest grin you'll ever see|
Helen started her playing career at school.
She then played for Bretforton Brass Band before coming to Arrow Valley.
After a break of several years through living abroad Helen returned to Arrow Valley Brass and the only open seat was solo horn so Helen gave it a try and has been there for a number of years now.
Helen is currently Chairman of the band and is very good at keeping people in order
|2nd Baritone||Steve||Steve is actually one of our friends from the Halesowen Brass band but he loves his banding so much that he drags himself out of bed most Sundays to come and help us out - Steve - you're a legend :)|
Pete learned to play at Stourport High School and his first band was the Stourport High School Band.
Pete then went on to play for many years in the City of Birmingham Brass Band before rejoining the renamed Stourport Brass Band.
After a several year break Pete joined Arrow Valley Brass a few years ago and fitted in from his first rehearsal.
|Eb Bass||Alistair||Alistair joined the band after reading about us in a local newspaper and has proved to be a great find although he has an aversion to having his photo displayed so before I put one live I shall get a disclaimer in triplicate from his solicitor|
Jay was given a tuba to play by his brass teacher Martin Yates when he was 12 years old and joined the junior band whilst it was still Alcester Victoria Youth Band
One day Dave Stanley came in and asked if anyone wanted to have a go on BBb Bass, and Jay volunteered. At the time Jay had to sit on 3 chairs and rest the tuba on another in order to reach the mouthpiece.
Jay has been with the band for 35 years now.