Neil Blessett originates from Peterborough and grew up attending the local Salvation Army corps. He was active in both Army and area youth musical groups, securing district and regional awards for his playing.
In 1994 he moved to the Midlands to read music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and was Principal Horn in the brass band for the 4 years of his studies until he graduated with honours in 1998.
Since graduating, Neil has kept music as a keen hobby and his playing has taken him not only to the USA 4 times, but also to Canada, Singapore, Australia, Holland, Germany as well as travelling extensively in the UK.
He holds the position of Principal Horn in the Household Troops Band as well as being a member of Vision Brass Ensemble. He has also guested with the German Staff Band of the Salvation Army.
Family: Wife (Jennie) and Daughters (Lauren and Jessica)
Hobbies: Football (Peterborough United.....the mighty POSH)
Favourite Band Piece:
Demelza (H. Nash)
Soloist: Neil Blessett
Andrew Dickinson completed a Masters in Planning and a BA (Hons.) in Town and Regional Planning at Sheffield University and then returned to the Midlands. He is a product of the Young People’s Corps at Birmingham Citadel having progressed through the Junior Band with whom he featured as a soloist on many occasions.
Andrew is proud to be a member of the International Staff Band (Principal Horn) of the Salvation Army as well as being Solo Horn in Birmingham Citadel Band.
Andrew has also played with bands including Carlton Main Frickley Band and Cornerstone Brass (both as Principal Horn).
Family: Wife (Rebekka), Dad (John), Mum (Jacinth) and Brother (Paul)
Current Employment: Music Specialist for the Salvation Army (THQ)
Hobbies: Classic cars, Cricket and National Trust touring.
Favourite Food: My Mother’s Sunday Roast and my wife's stuffed peppers.
Favourite Film: Grand Prix
Favourite Band Piece: My Master's Will and In Memorium R.K.