Jamie Smith, Cornet
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. He 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 the Philip McCann Cornet Award.
Jamie has performed worldwide as a soloist and ensemble member in Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Lithuania, Germany and Australia, whilst also travelling twice to Japan for solo performances in 2015 and 2016.
In June 2017 Jamie graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours after studying with Gareth Small and John Dickenson. He then went on to complete the International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music with A4 Brass Quartet, graduating in June 2018.