Steve Donoghue – Bass Clarinet


With most of his ensemble experience coming from Concert Band performance, Steve has been playing Saxophone for about 10 years. As well as The Ace of Staves, he is affiliated with several other local groups/bands including the Dearne Big Band, Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra and Side Keys & Co.

Whilst primarily being a Saxophonist, Steve has added several other instruments to his pallet, reflected in his contribution to Staves by playing Bass Clarinet and Cello.  He enjoys new challenges and his versatility has seen him earn places in many different ensembles throughout the years, both large and small, and is now also branching out into solo gigs.

After 6th form, Steve went on to study a triple diploma in music practice for 2 years, furthering his smaller ensemble playing experience, aswell as his arranging abilities.

Besides performing, Steve’s outgoing nature helps him forge connections with his local community and he also has a talent for transcription which he enjoys doing in his spare time.


Melanie Long – Tenor Sax


Beginning at primary school, Melanie has had around 20 years of musical training.  Starting out like most on the recorder before graduating to clarinet, she was taking the first steps towards her dream of playing the saxophone.  Once in High school Melanie was able to turn her attention to her saxophone: working through the grades, performing in several different ensembles and increasing her musical theory knowledge.

Music has always been a huge part of Melanie’s life from playing to composing and this lead to her gaining her BMus Music degree from the university of Huddersfield in 2010.  Her love of music comes from her passion for its use in everyday life and it is the foundation of many of her important achievements such as tours in several European countries and parts in pit bands for popular musicals such as Bugsy Malone.

More recently Melanie has developed her knowledge of early musical education and the primary music curriculum, including teaching drums, recorder and singing to primary school children, before rediscovering her love of performing and her saxophone.





Our Story

Recently formed in 2017, the Ace of Staves came together and formed a new musical quartet before playing their first successful gig together shortly after. Despite knowing each other in various different groups over the years, this is the first time they have played exclusively together. Although their musical backgrounds are different, they now come together to bring you their slightly less conventional sound by mixing both clarinets and saxophones. They add to this with the ability to move seamlessly between other instruments when their arrangements warrant it. Stay tuned on Facebook to be the first to know about updates and events.