While I was younger my sister had brass lessons while at school and was part of St. John’s Band. Every time she would bring her baritone home, I would beg for her to let me have a go, eventually leading to my dad taking me to start my brass journey.
I started playing around the age of 8, when my dad took me to Dobcross Youth Band where I started to learn trombone and switched to bass a couple of months later. From then I moved up into the trainer band and then the youth band - first under Ted Griffiths and later James Garlick. I stayed with Dobcross Youth Band until the age of 18 before then joining Boarshurst in 2013.
My favourite memory while playing so far has to be winning the National Final of Great Britain with Boarshurst in 2017 making us Second Section Champions! I still get goosebumps when listening to some of the recordings of the results.
One of my favourite marches has to be The Wizard, but I also like The President and Ravenswood. Along with marches, test pieces are up there with my favourite music to play. A particular favourite would be The Dark Side of the Moon by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, which was one of the test pieces for the North West Area while I was still in Dobcross Youth Band. Another would be Evolution which won Boarshurst the North West Area contest in 2015 and sent us to one of the 3 National Finals we have attended as a band in recent years.Back