Meet the Band


What inspired you to start learning your instrument?

My parents met in a brass band, so I started as soon as I was able to hold a cornet. I then later joined that brass band age 7 alongside my dad and uncle. 

Who are your current musical influences?

Too many to name really. I listen to big band, salsa, latin, funk, jazz, horn section, swing, jive, rock, metal, musicals, tv theme, film soundtracks, country, folk and classical music. I recently got to meet and hear one of my all time heroes, American trumpet player Bobby Shew. I’ve had his method book out a little bit more since. 

If you weren't a musician, what would you be doing?

Probably working in a retail or delivery driver. I’ve had several ‘normal’ jobs, none I really shone at. Used to annoy my bosses asking for time off for gigs.

What are your top 3 Favourite songs of all time?

I’ve thought about this for 2 days now, will probably change when I send this email:

1. Valiant & Valiant (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

2. Around the World (Matt Monro’s version)

3. Birdland (Weather Report - although I’m a huge fan of so many different versions)

What is your most enjoyable Spitfire memory to date?

Luxembourg!! Still can’t believe I was trusted with the keys to our digs, which happened to be the British Embassy in Luxembourg!!

What is your favourite song to play with the Spitfire Sisters?

"Bom Bom Bom” is probably my favourite. I also like “Sisters”, but it’s not been in the set for some time.

If you could pick a song for the Spitfire Sisters to cover, what would it be?

Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins). Would love to hear it in 3 part vocal harmony.

If you could perform with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I’ve always wanted to play in a full size latin/salsa band. That and the chance to play alongside any musician I idolise, again, a very long list.

Are you currently working on any other projects?

I’ve got several things in mind, nothing has got off the starting line yet. Hopefully have more to say about these in the near future!

Any finally... How do you take your tea?

Builders for me! 

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