James Screaton has been playing the cornet since the age of 10 and was quickly introduced to the world of brass bands when he joined the Enderby Junior Band. In his ten years with the Enderby organisation James advanced through the three main brass bands and was appointed principal cornet of the first section Senior Band in late 2011, a position he held for just over a year.
In 2010 James was awarded a position to study music at Birmingham Conservatoire under the expert tutelage of Richard Marshall and Ian Porthouse. In his four years at the Conservatoire James played in all of the main college ensembles - his highlights include playing soprano and principal cornet in the Conservatoire brass band, performing as a soloist playing the Torstein Aagaard – Nilsen Concerto for Cornet and Brass Band and on two occasions playing first cornet with the Symphony Orchestra for their performances of Symphony Fantastique and Messiaen’s Turangalila – Symphonie. James also entered several competitions while at college, the pinnacle being reaching the final of the Conservatoire Brass prize – one of only a few cornet players to ever do so.
In January 2013 James was appointed Principal Cornet of the Championship section Nottingham based Newstead Brass where he spend a happy two year period playing regularly as a soloist in concerts and contests alike. Contesting high points include achieving 7th place playing Red priest in the 2013 Grand Shield competition (despite almost knocking the Shield over mid performance!!) and being consecutive champions of the LBBA contest in both 2013 & 2014.