Essex Symphony Orchestra Reg. Charity No. 1000732

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I have been a member of the orchestra for three years although I started depping for the orchestra four years ago. When I was a young child my father gave me a record of the Coldstream Guards Band playing music from Changing the Guard. Two things struck me about this record. Firstly I liked the sound of the trumpet/cornet and secondly I wanted to wear the scarlet tunic and bearskin cap. A few years later I was taught the Cornet at my local Salvation Army. I had the privilege of playing in the Regimental band  of the Honourable Artillery Company for almost 20 years where I became their principle Cornet and achieved the rank of Sergeant. I got to wear a scarlet tunic and bearskin cap. The HAC is a Territorial Army unit based in the City of London. 

As a trumpet player I love playing the Bach and Handel Oratorios but my favourite composer is actually Elgar. My favourite piece of music is Nimrod. I have played this on many Remembrance Parades over the years and  I still get goosebumps on the back of my neck when I play this piece. I currently play Cornet with the Aveley and Newham Band, who came 3rd in the National Finals (1st section) this year. I also help out many local brass bands when needed. I play regularly with the Colne Philharmonic and can often be heard playing piccolo trumpet with various choral societies in Essex.