I was taught to play cornet by my father many years ago now, at St Patricks Brass Band in Waterford, Ireland. I subsequently went for professional lessons at WRTC Music School (WIT as it’s known now) with Patrick Kennedy, continuing to study theory with David Grant at St Pats. I gained a place in the Junior National Youth Orchestra of Ireland in 1985, touring Cyprus with them in 1986. In 1988 is successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, working under tutors such as Jimmy Kavanagh, Joe Cisibi, Eoin Daly, Graham Hastings and Killian Bannister, and conductors such as Bryden Thompsen, Albert Rosen, Geroid Grant, En Sao, Bobby Houlihan and of course Hugh McGuire. It was during this time that my passion for symphonic trumpet playing was born and developed.
Domestically, so to speak, I continued to play cornet, and later soprano cornet with St Patricks Brass Band, playing my part in many winning contest performances during the 80’s and early 90’s.
It was in 1990 (or thereabouts) when I first started playing in pit orchestras for local amateur music theatre groups in Waterford. I was also a member of the band for the winning Waterford Crystal Tops of the Town in 1993 (what a session that was!).
For more information on where I play, see my Trumpet page.