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John Wyndham MBE

Following a lifetime of interest and participation in traditional and modern music I founded the band, that is now known as the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band. In the beginning I was responsible for every aspect of the band. Now I enjoy the role of main administrator thanks to the support, dedication and expertise of the volunteer instructors and staff, whose assistance has made the band what it is today.

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John Seabrook ATCL

John started his playing career at the London Nautical School when at 11 years of age where he was taught the flute by Mr John Bowler, flautist and principal Piccolo with the Covent Garden Opera Orchestra. He later went onto become a Musician in the British Army studying at The Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) under George Crozier. During his 8 years of service he performed all over the UK and abroad with the Albuhera Band of The Queen's Regiment.

An inspirational flute and woodwind teacher and mentor to many young musicians John now teaches at Ingrave Johnstone C of E Primary School and locally in the Brentwood area of Essex. He also plays with the Flute Ensemble London, Champagne Flutes of Brentwood and The Essex Concert Band. In 2010 he became the Musical Director of the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band. He is married to Anne and they live in Harold Wood, Essex.

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Johnpaul Wyndham, Band Director

Johnpaul Wyndham is the Band Director of the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, based in Essex. Prior to his current role as Band Director, Mr Wyndham was the Imperial Band Sergeant-Major for 23 years - the first Band Sergeant-Major since the Imperial Band was founded in 1990.

During his 23 years service as the Band Sergeant-Major he toured with the band all over the United Kingdom, Europe and as far West as California USA. Two years ago, upon his father's and Imperial Band founder's retirement, Mr Wyndham accepted the position of Band Director.

As with all of the adult training staff at the Imperial Band, Mr Wyndham is an unpaid volunteer. He commits his time driven by a personal determination that all young people should have the opportunity to learn music and be able to fulfil their ambitions. He also has both his son and daughter in the band, third generations!

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Jayne Farmer

Jayne began her musical career at the age of ten but not being able to decide on what instrument to concentrate on, she decided to play piano, violin and clarinet, showing early musical prowess. She was at this stage living in London and studying music at school.

In 1992 her family moved to Brentwood and Jayne continued her musical studies at St Martins School. In this same year she heard about the RBLYBB and quickly realised that she could expand her musical knowledge and put all the hard work to use. However at this time the band needed cornettists not clarinettists and so she was given a cornet, a tutor, took on the task and was soon in the second row cornet blowing her heart out.

Trips around the country and abroad with the band soon followed, Pasadena in 1996, the Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall in 1998 and since then numerous trips to France and Belgium representing the Legion at various commemorative festivals. Jayne returned to the USA in 2009 for the Tournament of the Roses Parade where the band was seen by an estimated 640,000,000 viewers from around the world.

Jayne has now taken on the mantle of cornet instructor and is now passing her experience on to the new members. She instructs from beginner stage to accomplished musician and has recently created a study/practice system to suit the bands needs. This will help to progress the beginners to a stage where they are able to play a musical part in the band at the earliest opportunity.

Jayne would like to take this opportunity to thank the band for everything in the past 17 years and is glad that she is now able to give something back.

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David Croker

David's musical life began at the age of 7 when he started to play clarinet. Since then, his early interest has become his career, working as a secondary school music teacher for the past 3 years.

His connection with the band goes back over 15 years ago to when he joined as a clarinetist and he remained in the band for around 10 years, progressing through the ranks and becoming a sergeant. Ironically, it was down to the wealth of experience gained through the band that he went off to university, seeing him leave the band.

In 2013 David moved back to the area and was in a position to rejoin the band, offering his musical skills as a woodwind instructor. He is delighted to be involved with helping the band to develop further.

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Ken Thompson

Ken began his musical career in boy service in 1964, at the age of 15. He first joined the regimental band of 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars in 1967 and attended Knellar Hall in 1967/68. In his time with the band, he was stationed in Germany and Northern Ireland. After nine years, he transferred to the Staff Band of the Royal Army Medical Corps and was based in Keogh barracks in Surrey. As a corps band, they travelled the world visiting military hospitals including Hong Kong and Cyprus. One stand out memory from this band was welcoming back the hospital ship Uganda from the Falklands. At this time, he also worked as a peripatetic teacher at a public school in Guildford

After leaving the army, he played for the Wessex TA band in Winchester and then the Avon Fire Brigade Band.

He stopped playing in 1992 and didn't pick up his euphonium again until 20 years later when he joined the Doddington Parish band in 2012 and realised how much he had missed music!

Last year, he moved to Basildon and was quickly introduced to the Brentwood Imperial Band and is thrilled to be able to teach and play with them.

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Stuart Jackson, Trustee, Instructor

Stuart started playing the cornet at the age of 7 and was a student of the famous cornet player Graham Walker. Prior to moving to the Essex Stuart regularly played with several of the top brass bands in Yorkshire and the UK. It was here that Stuart played under the musical directorship of some of the top conductors in the UK including Alan Morrison, Owen Wedgewood and Keith Wardle winning many contests.

Stuart's association with the band started in 2004 and he performed with the band during their trip to California in 2007. Following Stuart's move to Essex he became a full time member and regularly plays, tutors and conducts the band. He specializes in brass instrumentation and musicianship, passing on his expertise to the band members.

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