Meet the band.

Heather Clark-Coates.

Heather is one of our accomplished "tutti" cornets, supporting and playing alongside David, our Principal and stepping up, when he is on holiday.
Born in Hull, East Yorkshire, Heather started to play in The Girls Brigade Marching Band, at the age of 9. As she progressed with her playing, eventually reaching the "heady heights" of Grade 8, practical on the cornet and Grade 6, theory, Heather became a member of The City of Hull Senior Band and later, a founder member of E.Y.M.S. (East Yorkshire Motor Services Band), under the baton of Dr. Robert Childs.
At the age of 19, after a spell at The Northern Lights Marching Band, Heather stopped playing, but having moved to West Yorkshire, marrying and having her family, the cornet/trumpet called out to her and when she was 32, Heather joined Hot Aire Concert Band, where she has remained for the last 14 years.
Before joining Hall Royd Band, Heather resumed her traditional brass band playing, this time, undergoing a 45 mile round trip, to play for Gawthorpe Brass, near Ossett, from 2005-2008.
Heather loves being a member of Hall Royd and says, " Thank you to all Hall Royd members for making me so welcome. Hall Royd is a lovely band and I enjoy the varied music and the great personalities of the band members."


                                              David Harney, Principal Cornet.                                                                                                                                                                                    
David began playing at primary school and soon joined The Hammond's Sauce Works Junior Band, under the direction of Gersham Collinson and, later, Andrew MacLochlan, David began to have brass lessons at school and was also taught, privately, by Ralph Nellist, where he achieved Grade 6 (practical) and Grade 5 (theory). David also undertook piano lessons. 
In his mid-teens, whilst attending The Nab Wood Music School, David was promoted to the senior band at Hammond's Sauce Works, with whom he represented The Yorkshire Area, Championship Section, at The Royal Albert Hall in London, in the prestigious, annual National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. He remembers that this was one of the most "nerve-wracking" experiences of his life. Bravo, David!
Having left Hammond's at the age of 19, to attend college, to undertake a course in Music, with Film and Television Studies, David's instruments were the cornet, trumpet and piano and he also had singing lessons, but interestingly, during his time there, he also learned to play the "Rackett" (also known as a "sausage Bassoon) which was a Renaissance-era double reed wind instrument.
After college, having married, David decided to put banding on a "back burner" so that he could devote more time to his young family, but about twenty years ago, the brass bug was back again and David joined Hall Royd Band. As a side line to his position of band principal, David keeps his eye on the clock and calls us back to order, after our mid-rehearsal refreshment break.
David is a talented, smiley member of the band and is well-respected by old and young members, alike. Long may he reign!                                                

Lauren Stafford, 2nd. Trombone.
Lauren began playing the flute at the tender age of seven and, by the age of sixteen, had achieved grade eight. In 2014, Lauren was awarded The Young Achiever's Award the Skipton branch of Rotary International for her work, in music, in her school and community. After A levels, Lauren began playing the trombone at Hall Royd Band and embarked upon an Honours Degree in Music, at The University of Huddersfield, where she is approaching the completion of her final year. During her time at university, Lauren has played with various ensembles, including the University Brass Band, who were awarded third place, this year, in Unibrass, a national contest for university bands. Another external engagement, was accompanying the Birmingham based Emmanuel Choir to France, when she played flute in the orchestra.
Lauren has been offered a place, for September, to study for her Master's Degree in Music Performance on the Flute, at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
All band members wish Lauren all the very best in the exciting continuation of her musical career and look forward to welcoming her back to the Bandroom whenever she is in Yorkshire.