Position Name Other Roles
Musical Director Graham Walker
Assistant Conductor Barrie Donaldson
Principal Cornet  
Solo Cornets Tina Lyon
  Natalie Hook
Soprano Cornet vacant
Repiano Cornet Wendy Brayshaw Treasurer, Librarian
Second Cornet Dave Hook
  Norman Hall
  Margaret Walker
Third Cornet Trina Jervis
 
Flugel Horn Becca Heywood
Solo Horn Les Heywood
  Glynn Brown
First Horn Mark Bottomley
  Joan Evans
Second Horn vacant
First Baritone Sue Lovett Secretary
Second Baritone Carol Sykes
Solo Trombone Stan Wright
  Matthew Holles
Second Trombone Peter Heywood Librarian
 
Bass Trombone Vacant  
 
Solo Euphonium Howard Newlove
Second Euphonium Rob Dawson
EEb Bass David Smith
  Alan Fenton
  Ann Pilgrim
BBb Bass Norman Green Welfare Officer
  Martin Wilson
Percussion Terry Hirst
President Jim Garbutt President
Graham Walker - Musical Director
Graham playing Principal Cornet with the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band at the Royal Albert Hall, in the winning performance at the 1978 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain

Graham studied trumpet at the Royal Manchester College of Music between 1963 and 1966 during which time he played with the Halle and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. Upon leaving the Royal Manchester College of Music, he started teaching in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Graham became Principal cornet of Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band in 1969, a position he held until 1978, throughout what was undoubtedly the band’s most successful era. During this time the band were twice British Open Champions (1970 and 1971) and National Champion Band of Great Britain in 1978. The band was also the Yorkshire Area champion band on 5 occasions throughout this period. Graham was also pronounced the Solo Champion of Great Britain in 1971.
Graham was Head of Selby Music Centre, York Music Centre and Harrogate Music Centre during the 1980s and 1990s, before finally becoming Head of the Music Service for York. He took early retirement but continued working for the North Yorkshire Music Centre as Head of the Southern area, in charge of Instrumental Music. This covered a large area encompassing Skipton, Harrogate to Selby.

Graham retired fully in 2003 and moved to live in the Filey area. Throughout his career, Graham has appeared with many Bands both in the UK and abroad, both as a Guest Conductor and as a Guest Soloist.

Graham was appointed to the position of Musical Director with the Hunmanby Silver Band in 2013.

This is a quote from an ex pupil of Graham’s:

I’m very much a part-time musician these days, but there was a time .... way back in ..ooo.. 1966/7-ish it must have been, a small, dapper bloke with a moustache visited our village primary school and asked if any of us little people wanted to learn how to play the trumpet. Fortunately for me at least, he was none other than Graham Walker, soon to become principal cornet with Yorkshire Imps and one of the leading figures of the British Brass Band scene of the '70's.

Nine years later I was again under his tuition as 1st trumpet with the North Yorkshire Schools Symphony Orchestra. When I and trumpet lead Laurence Killian, complained that some practise piece he'd produced was 'unplayable flute music', he borrowed my instrument, and from cold played our part up a fifth, double-speed first forwards, and then backwards. "Do you still reckon it's unplayable, Lads?"