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Chris Clark

Norman Bartlett

Chris Howlings

Matt Quick

John Dean


Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Chris was born in 1964 and raised in Stockport, near Manchester, which is famous for its Mad Hatters, a reputation that has not escaped him! He started playing the cornet at age 8 5/8 and was soon adopted into the Brass Band family. This formed the beginning of a so far full and varied professional career encompassing wind bands, big bands, dance bands, orchestras, touring shows and even circus bands! (He didn't like the caravan though.) Chris has now added Caduceus Brass to this impressive list by becoming a member of the group in December 2001. His brilliance and versatility have brought a new dimension to the group.

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Norman Bartlett

Norman Bartlett

Norman, original member and founder of the group, plays a Bach Bb Trumpet with the quintet and and can also be seen playing a Bb/A Getzen Piccolo Trumpet. You may even see him blowing a train whistle, but he's not allowed to get his hands on anything more percussive! As well as taking the role of compare during live performances, Norman deals with all bookings for the quintet. He's a friendly bloke, so please don't hesitate to give him a call - the whistle only comes out on pre-planned occasions! Norman learnt to play a brass instrument at the early age of 7 and has since played in a variety of musical groups, including brass bands, pit orchestras and chamber groups. Early musical success for Norman was winning the top school music prize at 15 years of age. Unfortunately, things have gone downhill ever since - until Caduceus Brass that is!!

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Chris Howlings

Chris Howlings

Chris started playing the trumpet and cornet at the age of 11 in local brass bands and orchestras of Norfolk, but switched to the French horn when he joined the RAF Music services. Chris had always wanted to play the French horn and his RAF service gave him the opportunity to study the horn under leading horn players, both in UK and USA. Chris became principle horn in the RAF Central Band in 1992. Over the years he has been very privileged to play under some great conductors and in some great concert venues all around the world. Chris left the RAF in 2003 and is now fortunate enough to be able to continue his love of playing with many orchestras and bands, and especially as the most recent member of the Caduceus Brass Quintet.

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Matt Quick

Matt Quick

Matt is the second full time professional musician within the ensemble. He began playing trombone at the tender age of six. Although young in years and unable to reach much past fifth slide position, his enthusiasm for the instrument allowed him, (with lots of hard work),to progress well enough to join his local Salvation Army junior band at the age of 7. It wasn't too long before Matt was attending Dunstable Music School as well as playing with the DMS jazz band. Things didn't stop here though, eventually Matt depped for the then unknown Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band and was thus asked to join. In 1989 the band was the first to win the now coveted title of 'Daily Telegraph Jazz Band of the year' followed by further success in the BBC Radio 2 National Big Band competition. As a result of listening to his dad's records and learning new styles of music, Matt was given a lot of opprotunity at a very young age. This is evident through his extensive repertoire of both jazz and classical. Matt is now playing at a professional level, successfully making a living, which is all he wanted to do from the age of 2 apparently!

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John Dean

John Dean

John, an original member, provides the foundation of the quintet with his sonorous tuba sound. At live performances, John also takes on the role of compare - the repartee that he forms with Norman is an act not to be missed folks! John is also official librarian with the ensemble, although he still hasn't got round to organising his own pad yet!

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