Who's Who at WCB
All administration and decision making is done via our committee. Please feel free to speak to any committee member with your queries or comments. Meeting minutes are available in the Members Area. You can contact the committee here.
The committee members and other officials are:
- Allan Jones (Founder)
- Jonathan Parkes (Musical Director)
- Ken Seal (Chair)
- Debbie Tunnicliffe (Secretary)
- Richard Markham (Treasurer)
- Liz Headon (Membership secretary)
- Nick Bradley (Committee member)
- Terry Mitchell (Committee member)
- Rachel Dyson (Committee member)
- Gordon Robson (Librarian)
- Roger Pearce (Committee member)
- Sarah Clarke (Committee member)
- Cathy Burgess (Youth Band Representative)
- Alan Cottrill (Youth Band Musical Director)
- Jane Cottrill (Youth Band Secretary)
Founder - Allan JonesAllan founded the Werneth Concert Band in 1983 and was its Musical Director until he sadly passed away in April 2015.
Allan spent the whole of his professional life in music education, moving from a high school teaching post in Cheshire to Manchester City Council Education Department's Music Service as Senior Brass Teacher in 1971. He was, subsequently, appointed Head of Manchester Music Service and Music Adviser for Manchester from 1990 to 2007. As part of his work in Manchester Allan directed many groups including symphony orchestras, wind and brass bands and choirs, and performed in many of the country's major concert halls. He also undertook many concert tours throughout Europe and, further afield, to America, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
Over the years Allan worked closely with most of the area's leading music organisations including the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham's School of Music (governor), Halle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata as well as advising the regional and national arts boards.
For a number of years Allan served on the national executive of the Federation of Music Services and the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles.
Allan was very proud of the successes and achievements of the Werneth Concert Band which is, truly, a community band, serving the needs of amateur musicians and audiences in and around the Stockport area and is sadly missed by all its members.
Musical Director - Jonathan ParkesJonathan grew up in the brass band world and played Principal Trombone for the Rotherham Schools Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Chris Houlding and Andrew Berryman. Whilst at the Royal Northern he started his career as a freelance trombonist working with the Halle Orchestra and since graduating has gone on to work with all the professional orchestras in the North West of England, including the Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and Northern Ballet. In 2004 he played Principal Trombone for the Philharmonia of the Nations in Germany, touring Europe and South Africa. Alongside his freelancing career, Jonathan teaches primary school music and teaches brass for the Tameside Music Service. Since 2000 he has been a regular tutor and course director at the Musicales Summer Schools courses and in Easter 2012 was appointed Musical Director of the National Children’s Wind Orchestra. After a successful spell with Dobcross Youth Brass Band, Jonathan was delighted to be appointed MD of the Werneth Concert Band at the start of 2016.
Chair - Ken SealI joined – or more accurately became - the percussion section of WCB in January 1995, shortly after moving north to take up a new job. Having resisted offers to join the committee for many years I finally succumbed on retiring in 2013 and took on the chairmanship in 2015. After a couple of years of fruitless piano lessons I started to play the drums when I was 12, taking lessons for a couple of years from our next door neighbour at the time who was a dance band drummer. I played in the school orchestra and was timpanist with the Warwickshire Youth Orchestra. We also had our own ‘pop’ group which played in youth and social clubs. At 18 I chose to pursue a career in science but have continued to play percussion wherever I have lived, in a variety of groups, bands and orchestras. I am still trying to improve my stick technique!
Secretary - Debbie TunnicliffeI was about 7 when it was a established at Junior School that I had actually got a good 'ear' for music despite being born partially death in both ears. I was to start learning the violin and played for about a year when i decided string instruments didn't really suit me and took up the recorder family instead. I was already heavily involved in music with Church & School Choirs and it wasn't until I was 13 I decided to do GCSE Music that my music teacher introduced me to the Clarinet. I picked it up pretty quickly and soon joined both my School & Church Band as well. I had been playing leisurely until I was introduced to Werneth thru a friend and was lucky to join in March 2010 when a vacancy had arisen in the 3rd Clarinet section. Unfortunately I just missed out on the tour to Spain but I made up for this in 2013 and went on my 1st Band tour to Portugal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 4 years with the band so far and I am looking forward to being on the committee.
Treasurer - Richard MarkhamI have played the French Horn since I was at secondary school with various church groups, and orchestras and for a period at Warwickshire youth band. Shortly after moving to Stockport in 1991, I joined Werneth Concert Band. It was a challenging start, finding myself with the band in the recording studios at the BBC only a few weeks after starting as we made our first recording. Over the past 20 years since then, it's been a pleasure to be part of a growing and extremely friendly community. Away from the band I am a project manager - currently working for Bosch in the world of Automotive electronics. Looking forward, I am thrilled that the band now has permanent base at Chadkirk Business Park, which we can develop into an arts centre at the heart of the local community. I have joined the committee as Treasurer to contribute to this exciting new project.
Membership secretary - Liz Headon
Committee member - Nick BradleyI attended the first meeting of the Band in April 1983, mainly to support my daughters Kate (2nd clarinet) and Sarah (euphonium), who were interested in joining. I became Secretary of the Band straight away, a post which I held until 2004. I didn’t play an instrument myself, but I got tired of just listening, so started learning the bassoon in 1987 so that I could join in the music-making. A third daughter, Rachel, joined the horn section in 1986 for a few years, and my wife Marjorie later joined the euphonium section. Granddaughter Natasha has also recently joined the flute section. After I retired as Secretary I remained on the committee and took over from John Glynn as Chairman in 2007, serving in that capacity for three years. I have now been persuaded to re-join the committee.
I have been retired from work for some years after a career as a Patent Attorney with Ferranti, formerly one of the country’s foremost electronic companies. Marjorie and I were made Honorary Members of the Band in December 2010.
Committee member - Terry MitchellHi, my name is Terry Mitchell and I play 3rd clarinet.
I joined the band in 1993 after being cajoled by a member of the trumpet section whose daughter was involved with Stockport Schools Wind Band. My daughter Su (Ancliffe), oboe, played with SSWB and I was the administrator.
I have been a committee member of WCB for several years and treasurer from 2009 to 2014. I believe the band is a true community band that supports its members through adversity. My recent fight with colon cancer was a case in point.
I am a volunteer at Hare Hill, part of the National Trust.