I began playing the trumpet at the age of 7 and quickly changed to cornet when I joined my local brass band, St. Joseph's Brass Band, Strabane. I began playing 3rd cornet and worked my way to repiano after completing my grade five theory and practical in 2002. At the age of 17 I was given braces and it meant that my playing standard dropped considerably, therefore I opted to change to a larger instrument, the baritone horn. After playing this for a while I sat my grade 8 in 2007, after which I was granted a place to study music at the Queen's University, Belfast.
In first year at Queen's I played 'tuba' (or EFlat Bass!) in the Queen's Symphony Orchestra. A few members of the brass section played at the Northern Irish premiere of 'Casino Royale' in the Odyssey/ Storm Cinema. I am currently working with the Sparke Opera Company, playing tuba. In my second year at Queen's University, I changed to the Euphonium. The reason for this change was that I am studying performance and the repertoire for the baritone horn is pretty slim!! I now play Principal Euphonium with 'QUB' Brass.
I also play piano and began when I was in fourth year at secondary school. I work, teaching piano, at the Music for Youth Project in Strabane. When I first moved to Belfast in 2007, I taught piano and brass with the Lisburn School of Music, but left due to time constraints earlier this year. I have keen interest in musical theatre and was involved with the school shows when I was in secondary school. I have been involved with the Millennium Forum Youth Theatre Project for the past three years, playing keyboards for the shows 'Les Miserables', 'West Side Story' and most recently 'Fame'.
For the last three years I have been involved in an Irish Traditional Band, 'Dunrone' who regularly 'gig' in the small pubs of Donegal!!