Hathern Band

Hathern Band is a Championship Section contesting brass band in Leicestershire with more than 140 years of history. We rehearse on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:45 to 9:45pm at our dedicated band room on Pasture Lane, Hathern (map).

Musical Director: Lt. Col. Stephen Barnwell

Lt. Col. Stephen Barnwell

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell was born in Nottingham and joined the Army in 1975 as a trumpet player. In 1987 he became Bandmaster with The Band of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment having gained the highest marks in the Ministry of Defence examinations for Bandmasters in that year. He has been Bandmaster of the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Band of the Irish Guards, and Director of Music of The Band of The Prince of Wales Division, The Band of the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards, forming part of the Guard of Honour at Buckingham Palace for the Marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Stephen became Senior Director of Music Household Division in November 2011 and was in this role for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games.

In 2019 Stephen will begin as Musical Director of Hathern Band.

President: David Newman

David Newman

Coming from a musical family David began playing the cornet at the age of six. During his formative years he successfully auditioned for a position with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, with whom he played for five years. In 1970 he joined the City of Coventry Band on soprano cornet, where contesting sucess took him to the Royal Albert Hall on several occasions. David also played on many broadcasts and recordings, and was a member of the famous Men of Brass under the baton of the great Harry Mortimer.

David was made President of Hathern Band in 2009, and was the Musical Director between 1979-2019 with an impressive contest history including six National Finals with a winning performance in the Second Section Final in 2004.

The players

Front row cornets

Dru Sparks, Principal cornet
Leo Parry, Solo cornet
Dave Walker, Solo cornet
Stuart Morgan, Solo cornet

Back row cornets

Ken Powell, Soprano cornet
Lesley Bentley, Repiano cornet
Rob Fairlamb, Second cornet
Heather Douglas, Second cornet
Stephen Guerin, Third cornet
Ben Grace, Third cornet
Jonathan Stevenson, Third cornet

Flugel Horn & Tenor Horns

Mike Wood, Flugel Horn
Bruce Harris, Solo Horn
Sam Peak, First horn
Jack Brown, Second horn

Euphoniums & Baritones

Hannah Peak, Principal Euphonium
Dave Tooth, Second Euphonium
Adrian Drewitt, First Baritone
Jenny Drewitt, Second Baritone


Alex Bland, Principal trombone
John Baum, Second trombone
Joe Dobos-Southgate, Bass trombone


Andy Bestwick, Eb Bass
Mary Sibson, Eb Bass
James Kerfoot, BBb Bass
Sam Edwards, BBb Bass


George Baum, Percussion
Stephanie Harpham, Percussion
Jeremy Bowman, Percussion