Pilling Jubilee Silver Band
*2021 3rd Section National Finalists*
**Promoted to 2nd Section in 2021**
I have played Tuba for 11 years and Trumpet for about 6 months. I have played for Taverham Brass Band, Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band, Notre Dame Wind Band, Norfolk County Youth Orchestra and the university wind and brass bands.
My favourite piece that I have played was ‘Chase the Sun’ by Rob Wiffin at the Royal Albert Hall in the Youth Proms in November 2017; performing at Menin Gate in Ypres for the Last Post ceremony and also like playing musical scores.
My hobbies outside of band include exploring new places (travelling), watching musicals and also like baking. From Septmber 2018 I am now the Principal Conductor for the Lancaster University Brass Band.
I started to learn E flat bass at school, then joined Bolton Youth Band where I played until being deemed too old at 18!!
After a couple of years study break, from banding, I joined Eatons Band in Farnworth (this band subsequently merged with Farnworth Old Band and Walkden Band and is now known as Farnworth and Walkden Band). I have also played with Dandenong City Band just south of Melbourne, Daventry Brass (formerly known as Danetry Brass), and now Pilling Band after a move back to Lancashire. Aside from playing Bass I have also played Baritone.
During my formative years, although not using brass as my first instrument at that time (it was a painful time for my parents) and having violin as my first instrument, I was lucky enough to study Theory and Harmonisation under the late greats Goff Richards and Roy Newsome, to whom I am forever grateful for showing me the error of my ways and instilling on me a great love of Brass and Brass Bands which remains to this day.
I have always played Bb or Eb Bass Tuba and started playing in 1947 at age 15. I joined Preesall Band 1947 - 1953. Following that I was a Royal Air Force voluntary bandsman 1953 - 1955 eventually joining Pilling Band 1971. I am currently trying very hard to retire after 70 years of banding.
I don't have any special musical preferences but tend to like traditional music better than modern.
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I first joined as a beginner during 1957 and my first engagement with the band was on 4th July 1959 at the opening of Winmarleigh village hall. I played for Lancashire youth band culminating in a concert at the Free Trade Hall ,Manchester on 5th April 1966. I've always played the Bb Bass and my favourite piece of band music is Life Divine