Over the years, McPhee has become adept on alto and soprano saxes, value trombone, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, cornet , and various clarinets.
‘Oh well, you need some extra energy then,’ he'd say and he'd give me a double sized cornet with three flakes in it.
The rise of the brass band in England coincided with the development of valved brass instruments, particularly the cornet , allowing a wider chromatic range.
Then he crunched the last of his cornet , swarmed up onto the bench and laid his head lovingly on the boy's shoulder.
The cornet became the leading instrument of British and American brass bands.
But then if you're daft enough to not watch where you're going, you're just as likely to walk into a mess of discarded noodles, a heap of fallen chips or a slippery ice cream cornet .
She ran out to the ice cream van clutching her handful of change but was turned away in tears after the driver refused to sell her a cornet because she tried to pay with the copper.
He strode back to the van and returned with his largest cornet yet, four flakes poking out like the legs of an upturned chocolate chair buried in an avalanche of ice cream.
Around five years ago Mr Winterflood, who teaches eight instruments ranging from the cornet to the tuba, decided that he wanted to do something to help needy children.
At the restaurant, a bouquet of flowers shaped like an ice cream cornet awaited the hearse.