When I was in primary school an opportunity (which was only available for a limited number of students) arose to learn a brass instrument. One of very few students was myself and a few others and from then on started my journey playing trombone.
I started playing at the Greenfield training band not long after starting my lessons at school and then afterwards i moved onwards the Greenfield main band. After Greenfield band I moved to Friezland band on solo trombone were I received lessons off the Conductor at the time, Paul Kershaw. I spent around 7 years at Friezland band until I eventually moved to Dobcross Silver Band. Whilst I was at Dobcross I took part in my very first first contest, which happened to be the Northwest area playing in the third section with the piece A Cambrian Suite.
After 6 enjoyable months I moved to Linthwaite Band for a short period of time and then moved on to Stalybridge Old Band. After Stalybridge I Moved to Uppermill band were I became apart of a successful period for the band. Achievements from Whit Friday, Yorkshire and Humberside contest along with the 2nd place at the Northwest area third section area. Now moving on up to Boarshurst will be a great advancement and I'm excited for what's to come!.
I started playing at 11 years old for my school band. I did the usual teenage thing and decided I had better things to do so gave up a few years later and didn’t pick up a trombone for 15 years. I’ve only played for a couple of bands over the years, these being Grange School Band, Oldham Band (Lees) and Boarshurst Silver Band, which I joined in 2009.
Having played different test pieces and marches over the years, I’ve come to enjoy some more than others. My favourite march would have to be The Wizard, and when it comes to test pieces, Year of the Dragon and English Heritage are up there so far, but in terms of a lower section piece Facets of Glass.
I have family members that both play and do not play anymore. These include:
Dad: Trombone, Acoustic Guitar. He was Solo Trom for a short while when Oldham Band (lees) formed back in 2004
Mum: Tenor Horn and French Horn. Was a member of Zion many moons ago
Wife: Played for Boarshurst Silver Band on Percussion
Son: Currently Principal Eb Bass for Boarshurst Silver Band but has also played Cornet, Tenor Horn, Baritone and Euphonium (still hasn’t mastered the Trombone though…)
Daughter: Currently playing for Boarshurst Silver Band on Cornet
Daughter: Played Tenor Horn for Boarshurst Silver Band. No longer plays (unless it’s Whit Friday…. she likes the march down!)
Niece: Played Soprano for Boarshurst around 2010
I have been on both the band and band club committees in the past and now I design all advertisements, posters, tickets etc. for the band. I manage the social media sites and do the Facebook live streams of the Band Club’s Sunday Brass Concerts with James Garlick (the easy stuff). I also used to design and build the band website but my son, Liam, does this now.
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.