Band Members

Daniel Brooks

Musical Director

Daniel started playing trombone at the age of 10 for his local brass band and music instantly became part of his life. He continued to study music at both the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the University of Huddersfield gaining a BMus (hons) and an MMus in Performance with distinction. During this time and following, Daniel became a well respected trombone player as Solo Trombone with many of the countries leading brass ensembles including Leyland Band, YBS Band and Brighouse & Rastrick Band.


His playing career has then enabled him to begin a thriving teaching and conducting career. Daniel founded his own music academy in Mawdesley in Lancashire, with an aim to teach people of all ages how to play brass instruments. In a mere 3 years, Red Admiral Music Academy now has around 150 members across 4 levels of bands and local primary schools and the youth band have been crowned the Junior Brass Band Entertainment Champions of Great Britain. Daniel’s conducting career comes from working with Elland Silver Band where he took them from the 2nd section to the championship section in only 3 years – along the way winning titles at the Yorkshire Area, Bolsover Entertainment Contest, Brass Factor, YHBBA and Hardraw Scar as well as section wins at numerous march & hymn contests and many other top 3 placings. Most recently, Daniel and the Elland Silver Band have just achieved qualification in the Spring Festival to compete alongside the countries contesting elite.


Daniel has dedicated his life so far to music and at the age of 34, has lots of time left to continue his success in conducting, teaching and playing



Daniel Robson

Principal Cornet

Daniel Robson

Daniel comes from the North East of England.  originally from the Middlesbrough Citadel Corps, where he attended, with his Family – Dad (Ian), Mam (Miriam), and Sister (Hannah).

Dan has been very fortunate in his school carrer.  his moth was the music teacher at the primary school and really pushed for a healtyh music programme there.  the school had it’s own brass band – -something that isn’t seen very much now.

His secondary education was at Egglescliiffe School and whilst there he was principal cornet of the 45 piece school brass band.  this led to him being able to perform in ‘Music for Youth’ and the National Brass Band Championships and gave opportunities to perform in numerous prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and appear on T.V. (Blue Peter).

Experiencing these moment and having the opportunity to play in brass bands at a young age, stamped a firm mark on his life, which paved the way to what he has become.

His playing career continued once leaving Middlesbrough.  Attending the Birmingham Conservatoire and studied with Ian Porthouse and Andy Stone-Fewings (Birmingham Citadel).

Dan worked as a freelance trumpet player which included working for The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), playing alongside the principal trumpet player Andy Stone-Fewings.  He played a number of well known Shakespeare plays but also ‘modern’ shows, his last one with the RSC being Matilda.  It was a great pleasure to play shows in Newcastle, Stratford-Upon-Avon and the West End.

He is now a Secondary School Head of Music in County Durham.  Dan is on the staff team regularly for the Northern Music School.  He is also very lucky to be on staff at Territorial Youth Band, where he has been for many years.  This is important to him as it’s where his love for SA music began.  Being able to still contribute to this week each February, after the impact it had on him, is a great honour.

Dan has been a member of Grimthorpe Colliery Band, Brighouse and Rasterick Band, Desford Colliery Band and Easington Colliery Band.  He has also had the pleasure of visiting Australia with the Cory Band.

Dan has been the principle of the Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army since 2007 which makes him the longest principal cornet player the band has had to date.

Currently he attends The Salvation Army Sunderland Millfield corps and is the deputy bandmaster with the Northern Divisional Youth Band

Musical DirectorDanny Brooks
Principal CornetDaniel Robson
Soprano CornetPeter Welsh
CornetsRoss Cartledge
Sophie Reed
Clare Hewson
Margaret Ward
Amy Long
Graeme Ward
Richard Hall
Flugel HornGavin Brown
Tennor HornsJonathan Collins
Kathryn Cockerill
Julie Collins
BaritonesStuart Cockerill
Dionne Welsh
EuphoniumJames McCleod
Christian Marklew
TrombonesChris Bentham
Bob Calvert
Jeff Bryant
Eb BassesPeter Lawson
Tom Lampard
BBb BassesChris Forsyth
PercussionStephen Moore
Joel Bell
Finlay Horn
Michael Mathers

Johnathan Collins

Solo Horn

Year Joined: 1991
Positions Held: Principal Cornet / Assistant Principal Cornet, Repiano, Solo Horn, Solo Eb Bass, Solo Bb Bass, Bass Drummer on Marches

Started playing cornet at the age of 12 in the neighbouring village with Seaham Town Band and moved on to Soprano Cornet after a year, a position he held for 4 years until the Tuba beckoned and he realised he was never going to make it as a Sop player.

Johnathan left Seaham to join Easington on Solo Eb Bass aged 19, he also played Bb Bass for 1 contest in the 1st section….which we won.

After several years, Jonathan started on Tenor Horn when the Solo Horn seat became vacant, an instrument he has excelled on.

Johnathan had to leave Easington for a couple of years in 1999 when he moved to Scotland with work, where he joined the Whitburn Band back on Eb Bass.

On moving back south, he rejoined the band on Solo Horn once again and it wasn’t until a few years later that he took the decision to move on to Cornet as 2nd man to the legendary Dennis Todd.  When Dennis left for health reasons, Jonathan took on the Principal chair for a year until our current principal cornet player (Danial Robson), joined.

Johnathan is now back on his treasured Solo Horn chair but still misses the cornet.  He often switches back to cornet at Christmas time for the many carol playing engagements we have.  He has also occasionally played Bb Bass but more regularly the bass drum for Durham Miners Gala and the Remembrance Day parades.