I started playing an instrument when I was 7 and then I got out of it like other kids do that were more interested in sports. Then whilst in my last year of school in 2013, I came back to play horn for just over a year with Boarshurst Youth Band. In 2014 I was offered the 2nd baritone seat in Boarshurst Silver Band where I played at my first contest at the North West Area playing Partita For Brass.
This year will be my 4th Whit Friday with the Silver Band. My fond memories are playing on Whit Friday morning and also carrying the banner in front of the Silver Band when my parents and family members played when I was younger.
I have multiple family members that play or have played with the band, which are my dad Stephen Ashley, my mum Linda Finan, my sisters Leanne and Vicky Ashley, my brother Ryan Ashley, my uncle Stephen and my cousin Lauren Armitage.
My favourite march to listen to is Knight Templar.
As I mentioned, I am still fairly new to playing at contests, however, my favourite piece is Music of a Legacy, which we recently played and became 2nd Section Champions at the National Finals 2017.
Other than having a great time playing with the band, I think I bring the most laughter and happiness to the band!Back