Rachel Costello, Clarinet
Rachel joined the band in 2002 having had a break from playing whilst at university.
A Senior Membership Adviser for the Medical Protection Society, Rachel began playing at the age of 7 after much badgering from her parents! She still has her original clarinet, her “old faithful,” which she uses for marching jobs with the Band of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, where she plays second clarinet. Her playing career has also seen her performing with the City of Leeds Concert Bands as well as various ensembles whilst at Morley High School and the Young Recorder Players of Leeds when at primary school.
Rachel says that her favourite piece to play is Philip Sparke’s Yorkshire Overture and that her proudest banding moments have been with the WYFRS Band where she has performed twice during the annual Armistice Day Commemorative Events at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium – something she describes as a very special and humbling experience.
As well as clarinet, Rachel has also played various types of recorder, bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, but enjoys playing now more than ever! A lover of all kinds of music, Rachel has seen Westlife in concert more than 10 times!
Claire Long, Clarinet
Claire started playing clarinet at the age of 7 as well as descant, tenor and bass recorder.
She has played in many school bands, progressing to Leeds Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Youth Wind Bands. She successfully achieved grade 8 in clarinet, but has also learnt alto saxophone and piano to advanced levels.
Claire studied at York St. John University College qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2009. She has worked for the winter season in Canada whilst enjoying her other hobby of skiing. Once back on home ground, Claire returned to the band, valuing the variety of music, relaxed atmosphere and the lifelong friendships she has made.
Hazel Crabb, Clarinet
Hazel has been playing clarinet with the band since around 2001 when her children were at Drighlington School. She also plays saxophone and guitar, teaches music theory and sings with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir – so music plays a pretty key role in her life (no pun intended!) She works as a Library Assistant at the Schools Library Service in Wakefield and enjoys leading story times in schools where the children like to sing as well as listen to the stories. She enjoys playing in the band, not least because of the friends she has made there.
Storm Marsden, Clarinet
Storm joined the band in 2016.
Harriet Watson, Clarinet
Harriet plays clarinet for the band, when work and other commitments allow.