Ann started playing Cornet at Bude Primary School at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Nick Chadd. After 6 months she joined Bude Junior Band and then progressed to the Senior Band. At the age of 14, she took up the Principle Cornet role at Launceston Band, again under Nick Chadd, the then Musical Director. In 1992 she took up the post of Musical Director at Camelford Band until 2009, when, for health reasons, she gave up the Camelford Band to concentrate on her Cornet playing at Launceston. In June 2011, Ann obtained an ATCL diploma in Cornet playing at Trinity College London. She is also the Musical Director of the Launceston Junior bands.
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Marie’s banding career started following her listening to Bude Metric Band playing at a local concert “Band Together”, composed of brass players from all over the country, where she decided this was to be her new hobby. Marie then decided to take up the Cornet at her local band in Shaftesbury, in 2011. She has now been playing a range of pieces and finds it both a mental and physical challenge, which she enjoys immensely. Marie plays at both Bude Metric Brass and LTB and is grateful for the opportunity to enjoy her hobby.
Lisa started playing at the age of 6, on cornet, with Launceston Band, where she remained for 12 years. During that period, Lisa played at numerous concerts and contests including in Brittany. Lisa then moved to Holsworthy Town Band where she remained until breaking off from banding due to work commitments. Following a six year break, Lisa has now returned to Launceston Town Band.
I first blew into a brass instrument at the age of five, when Dr Tony Evans came into our school to advertise brass music lessons. He picked someone to blow into a French horn in front of the whole school and that person was me, amazingly I hit a note on my first ever blow. I started having trumpet lessons from then until 2012 - so eight years. I decided to part from the instrument because I didn’t want to do practice etc. and my parent were a bit worried that I would lose my talent of playing the cornet, but Dr Evans told them that I would one day pick it again. So here I am 2 years on at seventeen in Launceston Town Band on 3rd Cornet. I had lost the talent a bit over the 2 years of not playing but picking it up fast. Playing an instrument is amazing!
When I was young, may be 6 or 7yrs old I liked looking in music shop windows, and always wanted a brass instrument. When I was 12 my uncle gave me a violin, as there were opportunities to have violin lessons at Launceston College, I had lessons for 3 years, but never advanced very far, so gave up the violin. After leaving school I purchased a piano accordion, which I still enjoy playing. A few years ago I went to market to buy cattle, but arrived home with a cornet, and after a bit of practice I was playing a few hymn tunes, as they were played on the radio. Then 5-6 years ago at the age of 73 I turned up at the LTB practice room, which I still go to twice a week. I enjoy playing there, but I`m not making much progress, I will stay and try to get better, until kicked out. I am very grateful for the patience the M.D and Ann show towards me.
We saw an advert in the paper and I thought it sounded fun to learn an instrument. When we found the band room I was given an instrument to try and thought this is something I wanted to do. Since then I have passed my grade 1 music exam and played in competitions in Launceston and Torquay. I really enjoy being in the team and one of my favourite times to play was when we played at the Launceston and Redruth rugby match. Next step for me is doing my grade 3 exam.
I started learning the cornet when, in my day job as a teacher, I had to help the children learn. My son William was already learning and I had enjoyed attending his rehearsals and performances. After a few months of learning with the children at school Ann suggested I knew enough to join in with Christmas Carols in the town, so I did! That was nearly two years ago now and since then I've been attending practice sessions at the band and have been privileged to be allowed to join the senior band. Sometimes the challenge seems huge when faced with a new piece of music but I can assure anyone thinking of taking up playing that the reward of being in the band when your part is contributing to performance is great. We are very lucky in Launceston Town Band that we are supported by our town and being part of that is very special
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