John Berryman A.L.C.M., L.T.C.L. is a native of Cornwall, and started his musical career at the age of eight with the Cambourne Town Band.
He was principal cornet of The National Youth Brass Band for several years before joining the Munn and Felton Works Band at the age of eighteen. Within a year he had been appointed Principal Cornet and went on to establish a reputation as one of the finest players in the brass band world, winning three National titles with this band when it was known as the GUS (Footwear) Band.
In 1969, John went back to Cornwall to start a conducting career with the Bodmin Town Band, moving on to Grimethorpe Colliery Band to work with Elgar Howarth. He came back to conduct GUS after ten years in charge of the William Davis Construction Group Band, and led them to BBC "Band Of The Year" trophy and many other prizes.
John was employed by the Northamptonshire County Council as a brass tutor and was responsible for the County Youth Brass Band, which has toured America, Canada, Norway, Austria and Yugoslavia. John is also a much-requested adjudicator at major band and other music festivals.
In 1987, John was awarded The Iles Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London for his outstanding services to brass band music.
In February this year, the band invited John to re-join the band and asked him to become its Professional Conductor once more. In this very special 75th anniversary year, we were delighted when he accepted. Shortly after this appointment, in fact just after seven rehearsals later, John took the band to the Midlands Area Brass Band Championships where the band won qualification for the final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, at the Royal Albert Hall, London.