Geneva Artists

Geneva Instruments are proud that our range of brass and woodwind instruments are played by many of the top musicians and Brass Bands in the world. On this page we'll be introducing them to you and posting information on their performances, videos and recordings.

Richard Marshall

Having been brought up in a brass banding family, Richard began playing the cornet at the age of 9. He joined the Hatfield Band as third cornet, and progressed through the cornet ranks to became Principal Cornet at the age of 11.

Richard is currently the longest serving Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band, a position that is heralded as the ‘hottest seat in banding’. Previously Principal Cornet for ten years with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Richard moved to Black Dyke in January 2006.

Richard is a Geneva Performance & Development Artist and performs exclusively on the Geneva Cardinal Cornet in silver.

Glenn Van Looy

Belgium born, Glenn Van Looy has quickly established himself as one of the leading euphonium players of the 21st century, and plays his own creation of a Geneva GVL Cardinal Euphonium in silver.

Glenn’s incredible journey as a soloist has seen him win prestigious competitions around the world, including soloist awards at the Flemish Open Brass Band Championship and twice at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade in Holland.

He has also received numerous awards from the UK’s historic brass band contests, including the National Brass Band Championships, British Open Senior Cup, and British Open Senior Trophy.

Siobhan Bates

Originally from Swadlincote in Derbyshire, Siobhan’s music-making started at the age of three, when she produced her first sounds on a brass instrument. Her natural ability soon found her playing the French and Tenor Horns in local music centre bands from the tender age of five.

Siobhan joined Black Dyke in June 2016 at the age of 16, having been invited to take up the Solo Horn position. At the age of 18 she was presented with the Best Soloist Award at the Yorkshire Area contest, during her first year with Black Dyke.

Siobhan plays on a Geneva Cardinal Eb Tenor Horn in silverplate.

Stephanie Binns

Steph is a Geneva Performance and Development Artist and plays a Geneva Cardinal Flugelhorn in lacquer.

Steph’s love of brass began in her native Cornwall at the age of 8, when she started playing the cornet with the Mount Charles Youth Band. She quickly progressed through to the Principal Cornet chair of the Youth Band, whilst also playing in St Austell Town Band and the senior Mount Charles Band.

In 2020 she joined the world-famous Black Dyke Band, after an invitation from Musical Director, Professor Nick Childs.

Adam Bokaris

Adam was born in Sydney, Australia and began playing euphonium at the age of 9 in his primary school concert band.

In 2014, he relocated to Manchester to study at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of David Thornton and Steven Mead.

Before Black Dyke, Adam enjoyed time with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the Fairey Band, and the Leyland Band. He has performed in some of the world’s most iconic venues, most notably the Sydney Opera House stage in 2013, as a soloist. In that same year he became the Australian National Euphonium Champion.

Adam is a Geneva Performance and Development Artist and plays a Geneva GVL Cardinal Euphonium in lacquer.

Gavin Saynor

Gavin started playing a brass instrument at the age of seven in the Deiniolen Youth Band. He moved to the tuba at the age of 10 and started taking brass playing seriously following a lesson with Black Dyke legend, Colin Aspinall. 

Gavin is also involved in the academic world and as well as being a tutor at Bangor University, he has also held the same post at the University of Salford.

Gavin is a Performance & Development Artist and plays on a Geneva Cardinal EEb Tuba in silver.

Jimmy Hayes

Jim Hayes is an international soloist and plays principal cornet at The Cooperation Band in Scotland. In recording his 4 studio albums under his alter-ego, Jonny Midnight, Jim has found success with his fan base far and wide throughout the brass community.

Jim is native to Sunderland and his love of music began when aged 10, he inherited an old trumpet from his great grandfather. Not long after this, he joined Monkwearmouth Colliery Band. A just 13, he soon progressed to the position of Principal Cornet, and he has held this position in every other band that he has played with.

Jim is much in demand as a guest cornet player. His talent has taken him around the world. His beautiful sound has led to a flourishing career, and he is a Geneva Performance & Development Artist, playing a Geneva Cardinal Cornet in lacquer.

Jamie Smith

Jamie is a performer, educator and conductor held in high regard. After starting to play the cornet at the age of 8, he has worked his way broadly through the music world with specialisms in chamber music, education, brass performance and conducting. Jamie is the current Principal Cornet of the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band as well as being a founding member of the award winning A4 Brass Quartet.

In September 2020 Jamie began working with the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he works with the brass players on the island. Jamie has also led training days and workshops with youth brass bands, as well as teaching at Huddersfield University, Leeds University and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Jamie is new to Geneva and takes the role of Performance & Mentor Artist, playing a Geneva Cardinal Cornet in silver.

John Storey

John Storey is a Band Sergeant Major with the British Army Band, Tidworth and is a Geneva Performance Artist, playing a Geneva GVL Cardinal Euphonium in lacquer.

John is currently playing a unique King Charles III Coronation euphonium designed especially for the Coronation in 2022 by Geneva.


He is an experienced military musician, euphonium soloist, tutor and mentor with a well-respected history of working in the music industry, both military and civilian.

He performs a wide variety of genres, from classical chamber ensembles to progressive rock.


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