“Horndean Band is a military style wind band and corps of drums originating from the small town of Horndean, six miles north of Portsmouth.”

The Band

The band currently consists of 40 members ranging from 14 to late 70s. People join not only as a hobby but also to socialise and improve their playing ability.  Some of the instruments currently played in the band are:

  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Saxophone (Alto, Tenor & Bari)
  • Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet/Cornet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

Some of our members have been part of the band for 40 years whilst others are just starting out on their musical journey. Some have even grown up with the band and now they play alongside their children. We pride ourselves on having a very friendly atmosphere and the ability to get results through hard work and most importantly, fun!

The Corps of Drums

We currently have 7 members of the Corps of Drums who always lead the band during Marching Events.  Lisa Pessoll, currently a serving member of the Royal Marines Band Service, is the Director of Drums. She teaches them the rudiments of drummimg  and rehearses them whilst the main band practice.  The Corps of Drums welcome all abilities and they currently have musicians who have just started out as well as those who have been playing for some time.

The Music Director & Officers

Music Director: Phil Evans BMus (Hons) LRSM

Phil Evans was appointed Music Director of Horndean Band in January 2019 after holding the position of the Director of Music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA for eleven years.  During his tenure at Valley Forge, Phil studied composition and arranging with Johan de Meij and conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker.  Prior to the position of Director of Music at Valley Forge, Phil was a member of the Band of HM Royal Marines for 24 years where he was a flautist and saxophonist before becoming the Bandmaster of the ‘Royal Band’ in Portsmouth.  Before moving to the USA Phil was the director of Horndean Band from 2004 to 2006.


Bandmaster: Andy Hinton

Duties of Office: Manage the day to day running of the band by organising committee meetings, liaising with the director of music and arranging programs of music, as well as general management of the band and the committee.

Member Since: 2003
Instrument: Tuba
Day Job: Courseware Developer
Contact Info: horndeanbandmaster@gmail.com

Treasurer: Doris Gardiner

Duties of Office: Manage and maintain accurate records of the Band’s income, expenses and cash assets
Member Since: 1980
Instrument: None
Day Job: Retired
Contact Info: N/A

Secretary: Samantha Harvey

Duties of Office: Maintain a record of regular and special meetings of the Band and official files of corporate records and reports.  Receive, write an send out announcements to the band by Facebook/Email in a timely manner.
Member Since: 2005
Instrument: Saxophone/flute
Day Job: Teacher
Contact Info: horndeanband@gmail.com

Event’s Organiser: Bart Barnes

Duties of Office: Arrange events and gigs for the band by liaising with organisers and advising of our fee’s, arranging booking, and transport.
Member Since:
Instrument: Cornet
Day Job:
Contact Info: horndeanevents@gmail.com

Social Rep: Hayley Thompson

Duties of Office: To arrange social events of behalf of the members, such as Dinner Dances, BBQ’s, Camping and much more.
Member Since:
Instrument: Flute
Day Job: Child Minder
Contact Info:

Members Rep/Social Media: Carys Hinton

Duties of Office: Be the voice of the members and raise questions, issues and ideas at committee meetings on behalf of the members, as well as pushing recruitment and greeting new members. As social media rep, duties include keeping both the Facebook and Instagram up to date, with relevant and engaging content, as well as running promotions and ads.
Member Since: 2005
Instrument: Clarinet
Day Job: Kitchen Designer
Contact Info: horndeanbandsocialmedia@gmail.com