Appointment of new players

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by POLYSTEEL (FLOWERS), Dec 7, 2005.



    Polysteel (Flowers) are pleased to announce the appointment of two fine percussionists; Colin Gray,22 and James Andrews, 20.

    Colin started learning the drums at the age of 11. He joined Shrewton silver band when he was 17 and started to learn timpani and tuned percussion. During the next 4 years he performed at the national finals with Shrewton and Test Valley Brass.

    In 2003 Colin enlisted in the Army to join the Corps of Army Music. After completing basic training he was posted to the Royal Military School of Music, where he was taught percussion by Paul Cameron. Having completed his musical training he was posted to the Band of The Prince of wales's Division (Lucknow) based in Tidworth. Since joining the band Colin has performed at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall along side Catherine Jenkins and Russell Watson and was awarded the Denis Brady Memorial Percussion prize. His arrangements have been performed at many military ceremonies, in front of the King of Malaysia, Prince Charles and at the Festival of Remembrance, colston Hall Bristol.

    Colin is currently studying for performance diploma with Trinity College of Music and an Open University diploma in music.

    James did not start with the drums, his first instrument was the cornet under the tuition of Steve Legge, and quickly joined his first band, Chepstow town Band, under the baton of Rob Ayers. At the age of 12, James decided to take up the drums and soon moved on to tuned percussion. He was greatly encouraged and helped by the band chairman Keith Phillips. James then wanted to get a taste of the contest scene, and at the age of 15 joined the Cwmbran Band, conducted by John Burns, although his time was short there, it was very enjoyable, and was there when they qualified for the lower section nationals, James picked up numerous local contest awards, and it wasn't long before his quality and standard of playing was noticed, Bev Rowson (Former principle percussionist of the Tredegar Band) realised there was an excellent talent emerging, and within a week, James found himself in Belgium at the 2002 European Championships.

    From there it just got better and better for James, and he was gaining even more experience from distinguished conductors, such as Steve Bastable, Gary Cutt, Richard Evans, Howard Snell to name but a few, also this came with prestigious contests, the Bristish Open, the Masters, and was there when Tredegar took second place at the Nationals in 2003.

    Other band's include Parc and Dare, and has also helped out Cory and fodens on several occasions.

    Philip Harper said " I am delighted to have two such talented players join the band, and with our excellent principle percussionist, steve (weenie) Jones, it will really make an excellent section, all the time that I have been with the band, this is the most settled percussion section." Philip Harper, Musical director polysteel (Flowers) Band.

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