trump secMike Wanstall (Lead Trumpet-centre)

"I learned trumpet as a pupil of Gillingham Technical School and was a member of the Medway Dance Orchestra, more years ago than I wish to admit to. During those early years I formed my own Trad / Dixieland Band, ‘ Mike & Steves GT’s’, with a trombone-playing friend Steve Hayes. We played at quite a number of the Working Men's Clubs in the Medway area back in the late 60’s early 70’s. I am now Chairman and 1st cornet / trumpet for the GBB, principal cornet for the UK Paper Concert Band (formally Bowaters Brass Band) and solo cornet for Meopham Brass. I have played alongside Denis Burrow and Peter Constant (see "Rhythm Section" below) for several years in the Gravesham Dance Band. Having Denis and Peter with us, I knew we would have a solid rhythm section”

Phil McCarthy (Trumpet-left)

"Phil's a busy man apparently!! So it has been set as my task to write something about him. He took up the bugle in the air cadets at 13 years old and after playing for a short time he was discovered by his then brass teacher at school, (a man who must have been profoundly deaf!) After only one year he was made principal trumpet in the school orchestra but in his words that was because no one else wanted to do it!!! He likes to only play in one band at a time, and even then he can't keep his music in order. So following on from the school orchestra came Goldsmiths Youth and Repertoire Orchestras then the Crystal Brass Quintet, he plays and enjoys lots of church music and has for the last 18 months played with the PBB. Phil still enjoys playing very loudly so we do encourage him to use his mute as much as possible, he is well known for blowing his own trumpet!!"

Richard Milford (Trumpet-right)

''I started playing the piano when I was 7 years old, and at 9, influenced by my father, who had been a euphonium player before the war and was now rekindling his interest, I joined my local brass band and started to learn the cornet.

Brass very quickly became the love of my (musical) life. I remained involved in brass bands for more than 20 years, as both player and musical director, taking part in summer concerts all over south-east England, and enjoying many successes in local and national contests, as well as a number of concert tours to France, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.

Eventually the combined demands of career and a young family led to a dry period in my music making, but now, several years on, I'm playing again, and working as a peripatetic brass/woodwind instrumental teacher, visiting over a dozen primary schools each week, trying to encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians!''

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