In the Summer of 2014 Martin Milnes created The Red Hat Horns as an add-on to The Curious LITTLE big Band. 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.