St Austell Town Band

St Austell Town Band

St Austell Band Club

East Hill

St Austell


PL25 4TR


01726 61008


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Paul Smith - Solo Euphonium

Jackie Berry - 2nd Euphonium

Jenna Congdon - 1st Baritone

Milena Acraman - 2nd Baritone


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I Started playing Tenor Horn in August 1979 with St Austell Youth Band with Bernard Sutton as conductor.  I also played for the Cornwall Youth Band 1982-1984. Then in 1984 the St Austell B Band was formed so that the players in the Youth Band who had reached the grand old age of 18 or 19 could continue playing. The conductor was Rodney Richards. We progressed from 4th Section to 3rd Section in a few years and a new conductor took over – the late Jimmy Taylor. I moved from Tenor Horn to Euphonium. In 1988 a new percussionist, Alister joined the B Band and I ended up marrying him!  In 1990 the B Band finished when Jimmy moved to Indian Queens Band and I finished for about 12 months as I got married and had a baby.  

In 1991 I joined Indian Queens Band and stayed there for 3 years then briefly joined St Austell Band but left when I became pregnant with my second child in 1994. I then gave up for 6 years to bring up my 2 boys.

In 2000 I was asked to play for Bugle Band on Baritone and stayed there for 14 years, moving onto Euphonium.  In 2014 I was approached to join Mount Charles Band where I played for nearly 3 years.  Then at the start of this year 2017 the opportunity came up to sign for St Austell Band again. I jumped at the chance and thrilled that my sister in law Helen Toms has also returned to the Band after a break… I’m delighted to be back in purple.


Playing Highlights –

Playing at the Royal Albert Hall 3 times with St Austell Youth, St Austell B Band and Cornwall Youth.

Qualifying and playing in the National Finals at Harrogate with Bugle Band.

Playing at the Grand Shield in Blackpool and at the Minack Theatre with the Mount Charles Band.


About me –

Married to Alister since 1991, 2 children – Michael and Daniel, 2 grandchildren – Callum and Oliver, 2 step-grandchildren Toby and Harry

Born and lived all my life in St Austell, Cornwall – proud to be a Cornish maid.

Career – Dental Nurse, 20+ years


Hobbies and Interests –

Live Music, socialising, holidays, swimming, generally enjoying life.