I started to get involved in music at primary school when I was 7 years old. When I was 13, I joined my first brass band, Newtownards Silver Band. I played 2nd cornet and then quickly progressed to solo cornet. However the concern of beauty took over and I acquired some braces! This considerably hindered my playing so I was asked to repiano cornet. To this day, I am still playing rep!
At the beginning of 2008 I went to Spain with Festival Brass and marched in front of 400,000 people and played on Spanish TV. In all it was an amazing experience. Later the same year I went to Germany to march in a Beer Festival with Wessex Military Band which was also very enjoyable! In September 2008 I began studying at Queen's and joined the Queen's University Brass Band. I was lucky to obtain the position of principal cornet which has really improved my playing and pushed my abilities as a player. I began playing with Downshire Brass Band over the summer in 2009 and I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience :)
I reached grade 5 on cornet but was useless at music theory and so I never went any further! Every summer over the last 4 years I have participated in the Armagh Summer School at which 8 professional players from 'Fodens Richardson Band' in England help tutor and guide the band and take sectionals. This is always a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience! For the last 3 years my family and I (consisting of 5 players) have participated in the street competition in which we have obtained the top prize 3 years running! Also this year i was priviledged to achieve 'Best player award' out of a 120 strong band and was also the principal cornet player of the band. This has felt like a achievement for me :)
Other interests and activities
Is it really bad that I can't think of any? I'll get back to you on that! :)