Player Profile: Doyles Delight - John Doyle, the winner
of the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy as Best Soloist at this
years British Open Championships, is one of the brass band
worlds rising stars.
John, 22, has been playing flugel horn with the Black Dyke Band
for the past two and a half years and was as surprised as he was
delighted to become the latest member of a very select group of
players who have picked up the award. I was in something of
a daze when they mentioned that the winner was the flugel player
of band number 14, as I really thought it would go to a soprano
player. Im chuffed to have won, but it would have been nicer
if Black Dyke had won and I didnt get the trophy!
John started playing at the age of 13 with the Lostock Hall Memorial
Band near Preston and he owes a great deal of thanks to his first
teacher, Ronnie Heyes. Ronnie really made me feel like I could
be a decent player, and he taught me so well and with so much enthusiasm.
I owe him a great deal.
He is currently working towards qualifying for his Teaching Certificate
that will hopefully enable him to take up a brass peripatetic post.
He shouldnt be short of job offers. Its the type
of job I really want to do. I enjoy being able to teach youngsters
and help them develop as players. I find teaching so enjoyable and
try to make the lessons fun as well as hard work for the pupils.
As for his time with Black Dyke, John thinks the band is on the
verge of some substantial achievements. We have a great atmosphere
in the band and we all want to win the major prizes. Nick Childs
has not only been a major influence on me, but has brought a real
sense of purpose to the band. He demands the highest standards from
us all, but this has meant that our playing in concerts is amazing.
Playing to packed concert audiences every week makes it all worthwhile.
John is also part of a small 10 piece group that will be officially
launched this week and features players such as David Childs, Chris
Turner, Dave Beckwith, Dave Clegg and Joanne Dean. Its hoped
the group will be able to give John the opportunity to play more
solos and perform different repertoire. We have been getting
together for a little while and all are great players. As a 10 piece
we hope to be able to perform at music and art festivals, do school
visits as well as perform at weddings and feature as artists with
bands in their concerts
For the time being though this very likeable young man is savouring
the moment, although his feet are firmly on the ground. I
quite like it that I get a fair it of mickey taking about me winning
it makes sure I dont become too big for my
boots. At Dyke you are only as good as your last contest and the
London test piece is very hard, so I know the pressure will be back
on to perform well!
John Doyle Factfile:
Born: 1979. I was a large baby and have never looked
Age: 22 started playing aged 13
Current Band: Flugelhorn with Black Dyke
Previous Bands: Soprano with Faireys for 3 months
(I didnt have the lip for it!), Freckleton (Great
people), Lockstock Hall Memorial Band.
Teachers: Ronnie Hayes, Roger Webster, Murray Grieg, Martin
Winter and Howard Snell.
Musical Family: Not really my sister is a flute
player, but everyone else cant read a note!
Coronation Street or Eastenders?: Corrie
it reminds me too much of home!
Favourite Football team: Preston North End (hometown team)
Desert Island companion: Jordan the model not
the basketball player
. The reasons are fairly obvious
I like the chance to stimulate my mind
Nickname: Coddy Dont ask!. Tyrone
The Dyke players think I look like the gormless lad
off Coronation Street with the dog called Monica - cant see
Appearance good points: Im not blind, bald or
ginger but small, deaf and fat.
Appearance bad points: Ive got a bigger chest
measurement than my sister!
Most difficult test piece: Les Preludes
Most difficult solo: Flight by Philip Wilby.
Seriously hard work
Ambitions: To be a professional golf player. Im
off 18 at the moment, but I wish I could be better.
Playing ambitions: Just to have a good lip and win
all there is with Dyke.
Motto: Good players never blame their tools
they always blame the solo horn.
Advice to young players: Get to listen to as many
bands and players as you can and try and play in as many styles
as you can as well. It can only benefit you.
Instrument and mouthpiece: Bach Stradivarius with a Denis
Wick 4FL mouthpiece.
Last words: Thanks to everyone at Dyke, especially
Nicholas Childs and the Trustees who are brilliant and the players.
We have a great bunch of people here and I just love it!