DCYBB is conducted by Peter Jones. Peter started his musical career aged 12 in Hartlepool, on the North East coast of England. By the time he was 14, he was playing with the Town Youth Brass Band and wind-band. The brass band had several tours in Europe and progressed to the National Youth Brass band finals at the Royal Albert Hall. Peter also played with the Northern junior wind- band.
In 1974 he joined the Army as a junior musician and in 1975 joined the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards), with whom he performed on many Royal Parades including the Trooping of the Colour and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
During his army service he performed in all of the major concert halls in London and several times on ‘Friday night is Music night’, once as a featured performer. While he was attending the Royal military School of Music, he was fortunate to have been taught tuba by Patrick Harold, the then principal tuba player of the RPO and now with the LSO. At the end of his course, Peter appeared at the Albert Hall in a televised duet supported by the Phillip Jones Brass ensemble - a real highlight of his career.
Peter has conducted several groups over the years and formed the Devon County Youth Brass Band. He is a full time teacher and trainer of bands including the Stannary Brass Band , Ivybridge school wind band and also works as the brass coach for Devon Sinfonietta. He currently plays tuba for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and the Devon Brass Ensemble.
Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 40 years. The career of this award winning journalist has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations in Britain, America and Australia.
The scope and quality of her work has been recognised by the Royal Television Society who entered her into their Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002 she was voted European Woman of Achievement and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Broadcasting, Charity and the Arts.
Trained as a journalist in her home town of Plymouth, Angela worked for both BBC Plymouth and the ITV station Westward Television before joining BBC National News in 1973. She was appointed the first woman journalist newsreader in l975 and made two memorable appearances in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows.
Angela was a founder member of the commercial breakfast service TV-am in 1982 and in 1984 moved to America to work for CBS in Boston.
She has presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for both BBC and Commercial radio and television. Titles include Come Dancing; Top Gear, the Antiques Roadshow, Masterteam, Crufts Championship and The Holiday Programme.
She currently presents the antique based programmes Cash in the Attic and Sun Sea and Bargain Spotting for BBC1 and remains committed to a number of charities, including the British Red Cross of which she is Vice President.
Angela has written 14 books, the most recent being Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond published in 2003.
Angela also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.
Our current members include students from Okehampton, Ivybridge, Braunton, and Tavistock,
From April 2011 the management of DCYBB has been taken over by the Friends of DCYBB. The Friends manage the organisation of DCYBB in conjunction with Peter Jones, the conductor of DCYBB.
Former members of DCYBB have gone on to follow professional musical careers including conducting, composing and performing . See the links page for further details.
This year we have received funding and sponsorship from Tavistock Lions, Tavistock Masonic Lodge, Tavistock Business Association, Devon Music Service,Tavistock Music Live, Mainly Stationery, Tavistock United Reform Church,Tavistock Sings music and Arts Festival .
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The current patron of DCYBB is Angela Rippon who has kindly agreed to act as patron for the next three years.