The band utilises the talents and experience of our more veteran players. The musical team offers sectional training, one-to-one tuition and associate MD skills. This enables the band to grow and adapt
Greg has been playing the cornet/trumpet since 1973 joining the Solent Concert band as a beginner. Over the years he continued to play with the band in the championship section. Performing with the band on BBC radio two’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night; and ‘Listen to the band’. On his 15th birthday he joined the staff band of the Territorial Army, later studying for his bandmaster’s course with Lt. Col Trevor Sharpe. At the age of 19 The British Association of symphonic wind bands awarded Greg a conducting scholarship with Lt. Col. Sir Vivian Dunn.
Tracey from the Isle of Wight started playing the cornet at age 7, passing Grade 5 practical exam by the age of 10, she went on to teach herself Grade 5 Theory which she passed by the age of 12.
6 months later at the age of 13 she took her Grade 8 Associated Board exam and passed, also becoming the youngest ever principle cornetist for the Island based brass band, the Ryde Concert Band.
As well as playing for several brass bands and London Orchestras throughout the years Tracey has also won countless awards for solo performances that include best instrumentalist at several SCABA contests.