Darren Thomas

Darren Thomas

Darren started playing at the age of eight inspired and influenced by his father Jeff. His initial experience of brass banding was in the Tredegar Town Band, firstly in the Youth Band and then the senior band. He was also a valued member of the Gwent County Youth Band.
Darren comes from a very musical family, his mother used to play cornet and his father was a revered flugal horn soloist and Chairman of the Cory Band for more than thirty years.

In 1992 Darren joined Cory band on third cornet, however, in 2000 he joined Tredegar Town Band to gain valuable experience on solo cornet and within a few years was appointed principal cornet. In 2006 Darren was very pleased to accept the offer of returning to Cory Band on Solo Cornet.

Darren has worked in the aircraft industry as a skilled engineer for most of his working life and currently works and lives near RAF St Athan.

Darren has had many memorable musical moments but one that stands out above all others is his first British Open Championship win in 2007 playing Kenneth Downie's Visions of Gerontius.

Darren has been inspired by many varied musical moments and personalities. However, one person is always near the tip of his tongue when chatting to others about role models,
Darren said, "Ian Williams is one of the finest cornet players I have had the pleasure of performing with. He played Principal Cornet with Cory Band for a staggering twenty years. Ian's instrument of choice was a Besson and I'm thrilled that Cory Band are now working with that same company. I love my new Besson cornet, it's a stunning instrument which I find very easy to play throughout the entire range".

Darren's ambition is to win the National Championships of Great Britain with Cory Band.