Flugel Horn – Jamie Smith
Born in Yorkshire, Jamie Smith began to play the Cornet at the age of 8 with the Sellers Youth Band. During his time with the band, Jamie won all the major youth competitions, including the National Youth Championships of Great Britain.
After starting his career at his local band, the Grange Moor Band, Jamie joined the Yorkshire Building Society Band on Second Cornet in late 2008, and saw its transition into the Hammonds Saltaire Band in early 2009. After moving up the cornet ranks, he was appointed Principal Cornet of Hammonds Saltaire Band at 15 years of age, the youngest principal cornet in the band’s history. Jamie enjoyed an 8 year tenure with the band, during which time they regained both their Championship and British Open competitive status.
During this period Jamie also took a great interest in teaching. He started teaching privately at the age of 17 and also enjoyed the position of conductor with the Hammonds Youth Band.
Jamie was the first player to be principal cornet of both the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. During this period he was a winner of the Katie Ogden Solo Competition and was also delighted to receive an award from one of his playing idols, the Philip McCann Cornet Award.
Jamie has performed overseas in places as diverse as Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium and Australia, whilst also travelling to Japan for a solo tour in October 2015.
Currently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Jamie studies trumpet performance with Gareth Small and John Dickinson.
In August 2015, Jamie was invited to join the Grimethorpe Colliery Band during the band’s tour of Australia, where, upon their return, he was delighted to accept the position of Co-Principal Cornet with the band, working alongside cornet great Dr. Roger Webster.
In April 2017 Jamie moved to the Flugel Horn position in the band.