Before getting the Red Hat Horns together, Martin Milnes joined The Curious LITTLE big Band at the South Cerney Festival in 2014. Featured photo is the same event in 2015. Miles Guerrini of CLBB said “This addition is a rare treat these days and has transformed the sound from action packed to sublime”. The original Red Hat Horns lineup were – Martin Milnes (trombone / trumpet / horn leader), Claire Mitchell (trumpet) and Howard Rigby (tenor sax). They are now two (Martin & Howard) and no longer identified as an “add-on” section. The “Red Hat Horns” name was dropped.