James (Jim) Thorpe was born in 1883 Glossop.
Jim joined Foden's in 1909 and following the death of Edwin Firth became principal cornet until 1924 (when Harry Mortimer joined)
By 1936 Mr Thorpe had won over 160 Gold and Silver Medals and a number of Silver Challenge cups in various solo and quartet contests as well as being the winner of the Empire Solo Championship at Belle Vue, Manchester.
From time to time he has assisted the Black Dyke Mills, Irwell Springs, Kensington Mills, Glossop, Royston, Barrow Shipyard, Rushton, Clydebank, Glasgow and Cumberland Brass Band.
A photograph of Jim can be found in 'Images' 'People'
(Edited from a 1936 history of the Foden Motor Works Band)