St Austell Band Club
I started playing when I was 11 with the St. Austell Junior Band, my first instrument was baritone but, because they needed the baritone for a member of the Senior Band, I was given a Trombone and the rest as they say is history.
I joined the Senior Band on 2nd Trombone and played my first contest on Edward Gregson’s Essay at the WD and HO Wills contest at the Royal Albert Hall. I played the following year at the WD and HO Wills finals where the test piece was Prometheus Unbound and at the National Finals on Kensington Concerto.
At that time it was expected that all young players would take part in the various Solo and Quartet Contests that took place all over the County and I was lucky enough to win the South West Open Slow Melody Championship along with a number of other contest successes.
I was lucky enough to be adjudicated by some of the very finest composers and arrangers of the time, Eric Ball, Malcolm Arnold and Gilbert Vinter to name a few.
At the age of 17 I was invited to take up the position of Solo Trombone at Bodmin Band under the musical direction of John Berryman and stayed with the Band for 18 years qualifying for the National Finals on 3 occasions. The band won the Area Contest in 1980 then runner up positions in 1981 and 1983. The band also competed in the Pontins Competitions and many local ones also, Bugle being a big favourite. One of the highlights at the time was to play in the BBC televised Brass Band competition, Best of Brass.
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Megan started playing baritone at St Dennis in 1999 when she was 4 years old.
She moved on to trombone in her early teen's, and then, towards the end of her St. Dennis youth band days, moved on to bass trombone and to 2nd trombone for the senior band.
After taking a back seat due to college she then moved to Bugle Silver on bass trombone in 2013 and had a brief period on solo euphonium for Mount Charles Youth, winning best player in the Youth Section at Bugle that year.
Wanting a challenge, she then moved to St. Austell in January 2016 on bass trombone.
Megan is now a trustee of The Cornwall Youth Brass Band, after being a member for 11 years and attending 22 courses.
Her ambitions are to get to the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and to win Bugle contest and play in the square.
In 1990 I had to stop playing because of work commitments and didn’t play again until I was asked to help St. Austell Band out for a one off at the Bugle Band Contest playing the Wayfarer. Well, as you can see, my “one off” has gone on for a few years now with highlights of qualifying for the Nationals and playing Eden at the 2005 finals at the Royal Albert Hall and also 2 wins at the Bugle Band Contest. What more the future will bring who knows but I have enjoyed every single moment of my playing career and look forward to many more.