I started playing at the age of 9, first on cornet before then moving onto flugelhorn, and ultimately back to cornet. The first band I played for back in 2013 was the Boarshurst Training Band, whose Musical Director was Linda Finan. After 2 years with the Training Band, I moved up to Boarshurst Silver Band on 2nd cornet, where after 2 years, I was promoted a front row seat.
I have been influenced by brass band music since I was little, which made me love the march ORB and the test piece Journey to Freedom.
The reason why brass bands have had such a big influence on me is because I have so many family members who have either played in a brass band or at Boarshurst Silver Band. My grandad (Geoff), dad (Steven Ashley), mother (Linda Finan), sisters (Leanne Ashley, Vicky Ashley and Emma Ashley), cousin (Lauren Armitage), and uncle (Phil Hurst) have all played at Boarshurst Band. My uncle, Steven Armitage, has helped Boarshurst out on many different occasions and he currently plays for Milnrow Brass Band. As I am one of the youngest in the band, I try my best (outside of the band room) to keep the whole band young!Back