Most memorable playing moment …
Playing my arrangement of the Doctor Who theme, my first arrangement to be played by a band, for the very first time with NMYBB in 2013.
Proudest banding moment …
Winning the LBBA contest in 4th section with The Melton Band in 2019, performing Philip Sparke’s A Malvern Suite.
Previous bands …
National Methodist Youth Brass Band (NMYBB), 2011-2022: baritone, euphonium, Eb bass, flugel, cornet
Pittington Brass, 2011-2016: 1st/2nd euphonium, 1st/2nd baritone, 1st/2nd/bass trombone, Eb bass, 1st/2nd horn, flugel, repiano/2nd/3rd cornet
GT Group Peterlee Town Band (1st section), 2013-2016: Eb bass, 2nd euphonium
Ferryhill Town Band (3rd section), 2013-2014: 2nd euphonium
The Kibworth Band (1st section), 2016-2018: 2nd baritone, 2nd euphonium University of Leicester Concert Band, 2016-2020: tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba, tenor horn
University of Leicester Big Band, 2018-2020: bass trombone University of Leicester Orchestra, 2018-2020: trombone, tuba The Melton Band (4th section), 2018-2020: solo trombone, 2nd euphonium
Oddfellows Brass (1st section), 2019: Bb bass
The Durham Miners’ Association Band (DMA) (2nd section), 2020-2022: Solo euph The People’s Mission Band, 2022: soprano cornet
Favourite piece …
My favourite music varies wildly, but a firm favourite will always be The Wonder Of It All by George Beverly Shea, arranged by Kenneth Smith. And at the time of writing, the non-brass band piece at the forefront of my mind is the theme to The Book of Boba Fett, which I’m currently arranging for band.
Musical ambition …
I’d love to play in a contest with a championship section band, to tick off all 5 sections. I’d also love to get some of my arrangements published, produce some pieces multi-tracking myself on all the instruments, and also perhaps earn a living performing with pit orchestras and suchlike.