Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band Cornet
Joe Grant
3rd Cornet
Playing experience
I started learning at the age of 12 with Netherton Colliery Band, I rose through the ranks to become Principal. I transferred to Ashington Colliery Band, then onto Ellington, Greggs and finally Jayess Newbiggin. During my 60 years I have played with almost every band in Northumberland.
Favourite piece
'Life Divine' by Cyril Jenkins
Worst piece
'Jazz' ​by Phillip Wilby

Favourite banding moment
There have been many, but I suppose that playing 'Life Divine' as Principal Cornet must rank as something very special. I've been a member of Picnic winning bands and won loads of special prizes.