Bass Trombone

Stuart Erskine

Hello. I’m Stuart, here’s a little bit about me: In West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most... ah sorry, that’s for something else. I started playing trombone at the age of 7, playing in several school groups and later Oldham Music Centre’s Intermediate Youth Orchestra.

I finally joined a proper brass band at the ripe old age of 13 where I was first handed a bass trombone (that took me another 2 years to play properly). Over the years I’ve played for Cobden Chadwick Engineers Band, Oldham Brass 97, Oldham Band (Lees), Boarshurst Silver Band, Middleton Band and I am now back with Boarshurst again where I’ve been rattling eardrums for the last 3 years.

My favourite march would have to be Ravenswood and my favourite test piece is Resurgam, which I was lucky to play at the Area contest a few years ago. I’m the only member of my family who’s ever shown any musical inclination so I’ve no idea where the inspiration to pick up an instrument came from, although getting out classes at primary school for lessons might be worth a punt.

Having done my time in various band committees, covering various positions over the years, I’m at the stage now where I’m just happy to turn up and blow, and I plan to carry on doing just that until someone tells me to go away.