helen 3

I started learning the trumpet at school, many moons ago! My peripetetic teacher, Mr Eddie Brown, took me along to Scotter Silver Band and my passion for brass bands was ignited!

At 15 I joined local championship section band Spillers (Gainsborough) Band but unfortunately they disbanded a couple of years later and I returned to Scotter.

I moved to Lincoln to train as a radiographer and soon joined the Lincoln Hospital Band - walking to and from rehearsal twice a week from St Georges Hospital which was near the West Common up to the County Hospital; stopping for tea on Monks Road!

After qualifying I moved to Manchester - what a daft time to decide to have a break from playing...!

Returning to Lincoln a couple of years later I rejoined the Hospital Band where I spent many happy years as Principal Cornet and met my husband Roy who played euph in the Band. We also used to help out at Silver Sounds Band.

Roy and I moved to Bournemouth in 1993 - we played for numerous local bands including Poole Borough, Ringwood & Burley and Sandleheath.

On our return to Lincolnshire in 2003 we decided to resurrect Silver Sounds Band which had pretty much disappeared. It has very much been a labour of love but here we are with a small but great band of very talented young (and not so young) players who just keep getting better and better!

    helen 2
Favourite pieces:    Procession to the Minster,
Essence of Time, The Big Top
Least favourite: Just about anything arranged by Bernarts!
Best bit about Band: Friendship; extended family; making music together
Worst bit:                                    Nothing!