We are delighted to have Rodney Newton as the band’s Honorary President. Rodney is a very distinguished musician and composer. He began his professional career in 1967 with the New BBC Orchestra in Bristol, as a timpanist and percussionist, during which time he also wrote music for the BBC World Service. He went on to join the orchestra of Sadler’s Wells Opera, where he stayed for 11 years and saw it become the English National Opera (ENO).
He left ENO to work in films and television as a composer, arranger, musical director, and music consultant. Rodney’s concert works include 13 symphonies, five string quartets, chamber works, vocal music, and many published works for brass and wind bands.
Rodney holds an MA with a distinction from Salford University, is an Honorary Associate of London Film School (where he was a music consultant for 22 years), an Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also Arranger-in-Residence with the Band of the Coldstream Guards, and his brass band connections include musical associateships with Cory and Fairey bands, and honorary vice-presidency of Hemel Hempstead Band, and a conducting residency with Welwyn Garden City Band. Rodney was also Features Editor of British Bandsman magazine for nine years, and is currently working on a full-time PhD at Salford University.
David Sait has been a brass musician since the age of eight. He has played flugel, cornet and trumpet with a variety of brass bands, big bands, orchestras, quintets and other ensembles across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and the West Midlands. His experience also includes piano, organ and choral music.
In June 2017, David was appointed as conductor for CSD Brass. He is also deputy musical director for Waterbeach Band and a sectional coach for City of Cambridge Brass Band Youth Academy.
Outside of music, David is a digital editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a regular volunteer for the Cambridge Beer Festival.
- Graham Berridge
- Amanda Shirley
- Kiran Kapur
- David Warren
- Bryan Good
- Olivia Jones
- Sarah Boffey
- Katie Proctor
- Jenny Marchant (on sabbatical)
- Katharine Hutchinson
- Joan Keating
- Kathryn Nall
- Abby Davies
- Tim Rayner
- Tom Yates
- Chris Ashford
- Matthew Bentham
- Daniel Tuck
- Peter Edwards
- Locum percussionist: Ben Willetts
- Vacancies: kit and tuned percussion
If you’re interested in playing, we’d like to hear from you even if you don’t see a vacancy on your instrument. We can always use more players. See Joining the band for more information.
Officers and committee
The smooth running of the band is all thanks to several band members who serve on the committee. All posts are elected annually.
- Olivia Jones (back row cornet)
- Peter Edwards (Eb bass)
- Sarah Boffey (back row cornet)
In addition, Tom Yates (trombone) serves as Deputy Conductor. Although this isn’t a committee post, it’s no less important. The Deputy Conductor ensures the smooth conduct of rehearsals in the Conductor’s absence.