3rd Solo Cornet

Joanne Ward

I started playing baritone at my school youth band when I was 11. The first brass band I played for was Kingsway Youth Band, and after just 4 years, I passed my audition for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB), where I played for 3 years.

I have played for several bands over the years, some for brief periods and some which I have returned to a couple of times. These include Milnrow Band, Stalybridge Old Band, Rochdale Wilsons, BT Band, Todmorden Old Band, Dobcross Silver Band, Wardle Anderson, Littleborough and now Boarshurst. I was intending to have a break for a while after Littleborough, but after helping Boarshurst out on a concert I was so impressed with the standard of playing and camaraderie that I couldn't resist when I was offered a place in the band!

In terms of any favourite pieces, my favourite march is Knight Templar and my favourite test piece is the Land of the Long White Cloud.

My family is very musical - I met my husband Stephen at Todmorden Old Band 20 years ago where he played Bb bass. He doesn't play any more as his time is taken up running Sounds Travel Ltd. My daughter Megan plays cornet and flugel. She started 7 years ago and as well as playing in several very successful bands at Wardle Academy, she is already a member of Boarshurst having recently joined on 3rd cornet. My 7-year-old son James doesn't play yet, but there's time!

Some of the highlights of my playing career have been playing with the NYBBGB - I was privileged to play at the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre one summer term, and I will never forget playing a joint concert with Todmorden Old Band and the Hallé Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. I am very much looking forward to my future with Boarshurst Silver Band.