The Basement /Engine Room
They keep us all in order with their solid rhythm and deep bass sound.
Susie Souzaphone –
likes dressing up and is well known for his schoolboy impersonations, crazy festival dancing and special fire lighting abilities. Not a bad Souza player either.
youngest member of the band – deserves a medal for putting up with all of us old fogies .When not playing with the band, usually found off roading on a pile of mud somewhere with his proper mates.
aka Scraggy on the Barritone sax . Loves us so much he travels from Lancashire to play – he likes to sneak in a crazy tune or two when he gets bored of the bass line and has also been known to blow a squeaky whistle
The Back Line Boys and Girls. Our Percussion Gang.
They BLAST out our rhythm on a variety of interesting and mysterious implements and drums and whistles and have been known to dance about a bit too
is in charge of percussion and keeps them in line. He plays a mean snare drum, invents lots of lively beats and is quite a snappy dresser .
attaches her snare drum to special scaffolding which also helps her to stay up right. Gill is quite accident prone so we need to keep a careful eye on her at all times. Gill is the contact for Ulverston gigs.
bangs on the medium bass drum and is responsible for our website and other technical things and is also reserve tea monitor
Lynn keeps Neil organised at practise and also plays a bass drum but it’s a bit smaller. Here she is keeping the beat in the Staveley Carnival Parade last summer .
shakes her shaker (and her booty) at every opportunity – this girl has rhythm. She has ambitions to play a snare drum and is also learning the cow bell.
This lovely lady plays the Timba which she usually decorates with tinsel or twinkly lights and things. Patricia is an amazing Flamenco dancer (but she likes to keep that secret) .
Started off with the band brandishing an umbrella at our gigs and walking at the front in parades. She was so talented at this that we promoted her to tambourine. There is no stopping her now, she is also learning to play the triangle.
Viv is a collector of many hats and wears exotic dresses , she plays unusual jingly jangly things in the percussion line up. She finds these in foreign countries when she migrates for the winter.
With their resounding top notes, high impact sound and boundless energy these two are on fire. They really help to put the BLAST in BLAST Furness
likes to keep a low profile but it has to be said that she keeps the band together and organises lots of gigs and practises. A Slave to the Music (she has a dress with it written on ) and is a pretty hot trumpet player too
is passionate about his trumpet playing, brings lots of positive energy to the band and lots of screaming high notes too – he also does quite noisy singing
Soprano Sax and Megaphone – Foxy John Fox
The founder of BLAST FURNESS the amazing Mr John Fox MBE . He entertains us and the crowds with his cheery banter in between tunes which gives us time to get our breath back. He likes to play lots of twiddly high bits whenever he gets the chance .
The Alto Saxes
They have to stand in the centre of the front row because they get into trouble at the end. Team Alto get to play lovely melodies and like to dance around a lot .
does lots of the money and secretarial type things. She is also very good at organising the Altos music and keeping an eye on Lez.
has loads of musical energy which gets the altos into trouble . He wears a kilt when on Scottish gigs . Lez is also trainee deputy megaphone person for when Foxy is indisposed.
no words to describe her
The Tenor Saxes
We get a great solid deep blasting sound from our four tenors. They are at the opposite end of the front row from the trumpets and are a force to be reckoned with .
What a mover ! He has won prizes for his dancing and never stands still in a performance. A very experienced player, Col plays fantastic solos out front too.
Thinks about our choreography and makes sure we look good when we are performing She also adds sign language to some of our tunes when we are singing and holds words up on paper for the crowds to join in
Sue is our Matriarch and likes to look after us all. She also keeps John organised. This amazing lady has been blasting with the band from the start 20 years ago .
Blasts so loudly she often wears head phones and is also rarely seen without a small rucksack on her back which has lots of useful stuff in “just in case”
The Reverend Chris
We used to play a tune called John The Rev but we don’t now. We have got Chris the Rev instead. He plays a mean trombone and is so new to the band that there aren’t many photos of him yet.This one was taken at Ulverston Dickensien Festival which was his first gig with us.