St Stythians Band

James Burns, Musical Director.

James Burns joined the band in 2008 on Principal Cornet. As a vacancy for Musical Director arose in Autumn that year, James agreed to take the helm in a caretaker capacity whilst the band sought applicants. In this capacity, James proved his own credentials for the job by guiding the band to a runners-up spot at the SWBBA contest, and it was of little surprise when he turned out to be the band's choice of Musical Director when auditions for the role were held at the end of the year. He has previously played Cornet and Flugel for the Illogan Sparnon, St Keverne, Hayle and Soham Comrades bands, and has guided the band to respectable contest placings at the West of England Regional and Cornish Associations contests since his permanent appointment.

Belinda Reynolds - Principal Cornet

Belinda joined in 2007 from Constantine Band, and moved onto the Principal Cornet seat following James' move to Musical Director. Her husband Chris also plays within the band.

Tristan Bowden - Solo Cornet

Tristan lives in Stithians, and is the son of our Euphonium player Ray. He works in IT for A&P Falmouth, and enjoys mountain biking when not working or playing with the band. St Stythians is the only band Tris has played for, having progressed from the Training Band in 1994.

Karen Evans - Repiano Cornet

Karen is a product of the Training Band, and progressed into the senior band during 2005. She is the daughter of Brian, who is one of the band's hard working supporters.

Denis Floyd - Soprano Cornet

Denis is from Helston, and is bands longest serving member, having joined in 1953, although advancing years haven't impeded his ability to produce notes of a pitch only bats could hear. He is the son of the late Edgar Floyd, who conducted us during our spell in the Championship Section in the '60s. During concerts his wife Betty can be seen dishing out raffle tickets to the audience. When not playing in the band, Denis is a keen cricketer.

Roger Smitheram - 2nd Cornet

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Dianna - 2nd Cornet

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Jo Parkes - 3rd Cornet

Jo Parkes

Hilary Eddy - 3rd Cornet

Hilary Eddy

Sebastian - 3rd Cornet

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Eve - 3rd Cornet

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Charlie Miller - 3rd Cornet

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Michelle Rolling - Flugel Horn

Michelle started playing cornet with the band at an early age. She then left to play with the Redruth and Pendennis bands, before rejoining the band in 1999. She now plays what she claims to be the best instrument in the band, the Flugel Horn.

Vivienne Nicholas - Solo Horn

Viv joined the band in 1981 after a spending some time at the St Keverne band. She claims that whilst most of her time is taken up by the band, she still finds time to enjoy gardening and cooking. Viv is married to our Bb Bassist John, and is also a member of the Stithians Ladies Choir.

Chris Reynolds - 1st Horn

Chris joined from Constantine Band in 2007, along with his wife Belinda, and eventually his daughter Katrina.

Maurice Matthews - 2nd Horn

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Rod Searle - 2nd Horn

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David Nicholson - Principle Euphonium

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Ray Bowden - Assistant Euphonium

Ray started playing for St Stythians in 1954. He left in 1998 to join Lanner band on Solo Euphonium, but we were delighted to welcome him back in 2004. Ray used to play for the Stithians rugby team, and sang in the Stithians Male Voice Choir. He has worked as a Carpenter/Joiner since 1959.

Leanne Johns - 3rd Euphonium

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Bryan Clark - Euphonium

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Megan Faull - 1st Baritone

Megan is now our first Baritone player having joined us from Lanner youth band.

Leonard Tresidder - 2nd Baritone

Leonard is a trucker, and started learning baritone in his 20's with the band. He was encouraged to do so by his daughter Michelle (now our flugel player), who was also learning with the band at that time. He progressed into the senior band in 1979 on 2nd baritone


Martin Nicholls - Solo Trombone

Martin works as a surveyor, and his hobbies include motorcycling, cycling and swimming. Martin signed from Liskeard Band in 2004, since joining he has played on all 3 trombone seats


Ben - 2nd Trombone

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John Miller - Bass Trombone

John Miller is a designer and director of a furniture company in Penryn.  He picked up the trombone after a 25 year gap, and is being coached back into shape by the Youth and Training band.  He joined the senior band on bass trombone in 2013.

Terry Thomas - Eb Bass

Terry Thomas

Francis McWilliams - Eb Bass

Francis is from St Ives. Now retired, he was a history teacher at Redruth School and then worked for a building company. Before joining St Stythians in 2004 he had played for Lanner, Caharrack & St Day, and Illogan Sparnon.

Tegan Lister - Assistant Eb Bass

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John Nicholas - Bb Bass

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Mark - BBb Bass

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Beverley Faull - Percussion

Beverley Faull

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Currently vacant position.

Player Vacancies

So, about us.  We are genuinely friendly and welcoming 3rd section band.  The band practices on Monday and Wednesday nights in its own bandroom in Stithians. So why not come along and try us out? For any more information please do contact our band secretary Chris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 07887 600414

The vacancies that we are keen to fill are below, but will never turn away interested committed players!

The vacancies are as follows:

Cornets: Position by negotiation.

Basses to strengthen our bass line

An additional percussionist

A warm welcome and good times await you!