Flugel Horn Joanne Behan
Joanne joined the Band in 2012 having formerly played for Lingdale Silver, North Skelton Band, British Steel (Teesside) Band, Yorkshire Imps, and most recently, Reg Vardy Band.
Joanne brings a great deal of experience and high quality playing to the band and is a regular featured soloist with the band.
She is the proud Mum of 2 lovely children, William and Martha, who often attend Band events.
Joanne is Marketing & Publicity Manager at Geneva Instruments and is also a skilled Graphic Designer.
Solo Horn Michael Franey
Michael joined the Band following his return to the North East in the summer of 2009 having completed his BMus Music Degree in Wales, where he played with the famous Cory Band
He formerly played for Spennymoor Town band prior to leaving for University,.
Michael, who is the youngest son of our Percussionist, Kevin, is one of the new stars in banding and has an excellent future assured.
A regular soloist with the band, he has recently commenced conducting and now regularly conducts the band at each rehearsal and at regular events.
We look forward to a long and successful future for both Michael and the Band.
First Horn David Pattinson
David was born in Bishop Auckland in 1966 (the year England last won the Football World Cup!). According to his Mum, although he was too young to remember (aged 5 at the time) he conducted the world famous Fairey Aviation Works Band when top bands used to attend Stanhope Show. This obviously gave him the banding bug and In 1975 at the age of 9 whilst attending Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, he was given the opportunity to start and learn to read music and play the trumpet under the tutelage of peripatetic music teacher Ted Kirby. He further developed his trumpet playing by joining the Durham County Wind Band at senior school with the encouragement of music teachers June Mellville and Adrian Diddulph. David also achieved his Grade 5 Music Theory to further enhance his musical skills.
Having grown up around brass bands (His Grandfather played Euphonium and Cornet, and his Father played Euphonium, Baritone and G Trombone, both for Stanhope Silver Band), he naturally progressed from trumpet to playing the cornet (although he also claims to have played the Spoons!) and in 1979 joined his first brass band - Newton Aycliffe Town Band, progressing through the ranks from 3rd cornet to the Solo Cornet bench.
David joined Spennymoor Town Band in 1983 on 2nd cornet and under the expert guidance of conductor George Nicklin, he eventually became Principal Cornet. He joined Durham Colliery Mechanics Band in 1989 on Solo Cornet and in 1991 moved to Broughtons Brass where he spent the next 18 years during which time he was Solo Cornet and assistant Principal Cornet for the first six years before moving to 1st Horn and then Solo Horn for the final two years before joining Fishburn on 1st Horn in 2010, in preparation for the inaugural Dr Martins Contest at Durham Gala Theatre. He has thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Band and has never looked back.
David's lists his playing influences as Philip McCann, Peter Roberts and Sheona White. Not bad role models!
David's favourite piece is The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (a fiendish piece!); and anything and everything by Eric Ball, who for many, was the master of brass band composition. He does however listen to a broad spectrum of music and his favourite band is RUSH !!!!
David's ambition is to one day play in the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall (in all of his years playing never reached it yet) although he played in the 2nd section finals (1995 Wembley Conference Centre) & 1st section finals (2001 Guild Hall Preston). So close and yet so far away this year (2018) coming 3rd and just missing out on qualifying, but he was really pleased with our performance #teamfishburnontheup
In life outside of the Band, David was married to the lovely Karen (who is however a regular supporter of the Band and a lively member of the social side of the Band's events) in December 2013. The Band had the distinct pleasure of playing at their wedding reception including playing a specially commissioned arrangement (by Dave Collins) of one of David and Karen's favourite Indie-Pop song's 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers, to help make their day perfect and memorable. Their family is complete with a beautiful daughter Abigail. They live in Hartlepool.
After leaving school, David attended Northumbria University gaining a BSc. Physical Electronics (Applied Physics) Degree, and has carved out a lengthy and successful career of 33 years with Durham University (the only job he's had since leaving school)
However, it hasn't all been plain sailing for David, He got chased by a very angry bull once whilst picking mushrooms in his field, just making it out alive !!
David has a wide variety of other interests and enjoys Skiing, Fly Fishing and Mountain Biking.
David also enjoys watching a range of sports. His favourite team is the New York Rangers NHL Ice Hockey Team. He had the pleasure of watching them live when he went to see them play at Madison Square Garden in New York with his wife Karen in 2016, saying it was the most amazing sporting event he's ever attended. Football – dare he say it,... He's followed Sunderland AFC since a very young age, the less said the better. But his saving grace is that he follows his home team Hartlepool United with our principal cornet being their BIGGEST/LOYAL FAN there could possibly be!
Second Horn John Youll
John (aka Cool Youll) is one of the longest serving members of Fishburn Band, having joined in 1975. He began playing at the age of 12 at Wheatley Hill School being taught by the legendary Gordon Kitto, and his first senior Band was Thornley Colliery in 1972. Originally playing Cornet in his formative years with the Band, John moved back onto Cornet late 2005 having spent a few years on Tenor Horn, subsequently deciding his best position is actually back in the Horn section.
John names his playing influences as Jim Shepherd and Alan Morrison.
A dedicated family man with 2 sons David and Barry and now a Grandfather with baby sitting duties, he is also a Sunderland supporter in addition to his excellent attendance at rehearsals - so his time management skills are exceptional. Johns best banding memory is playing Checkmate at the Mineworkers contest in Blackpool Winter Gardens with Roger Payne and his favourite brass band piece of music is Festival Overture. So as his favourite artistes are metal kings 'Led Zeplin' and 'Deep Purple' John shows a diverse musical range.
John is the resident 'cultural attache' of Fishburn Band with many colourful, descriptive points of view being offered during rehearsals!! It is John's stated ambition to 'hit a top note' while playing his part in Fishburn Band's attempts to become one of the top class Bands over the next decade.