aged 10 years while attending Lawn Junior School.
Mr. David Marsh, Dianna Bickley and Mr John Birkin to Grade 8 practical, grade 5 theory and ‘O’ level music.
Swindon Young Musicians – Orchestra, Jazz Band, Windband (during this time performed in France, Belgium, Germany and Holland) , RAF Southern Region Wind Band (while they were on a visit to school 6th form) , Swindon Symphony Orchestra , Swindon Concert Band , Worship music groups at St.Pauls ,Covingham and Bath Road Methodist churches. , Wroughton Silver Band (joined in 1984)
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT:
Turning up to play at Wroughton Air Field Open Day with all of my band
uniform EXCEPT trousers. I hasten to add I did have shorts on at the time. Probably
the only time I’ve played in ‘uniform’ shorts and hopefully the last!
Non-Brass band music:
Beethoven’s 9th symphony,
Maler’s 5th symphony (played with SSO at inaugural concert).
Brass Band music:
Highland Cathedral (played by WSB at my wedding)
Festive Overture -Shostokovich.
Gershwin-Rhapsody in Blue
Mike Pier – Soprano Cornet
STARTED PLAYING aged 10
PLAYING HISTORY Began with WSB training band and then main band. joined the Army as a musician and studied at the Royal Military School of Music Kneller Hall passing out with the recommendation that I return for further training as a Bandmaster. Then returned to WSB. Have also “Guested” in the Swindon Symphony Orchestra, Aldbourne Band, Swindon Brass and the BJ Big Band
PROUDEST MOMENT Playing in the massed bands at the Royal Tournament aged 16. Playing Last Post at the Wroughton Cenotaph every year.
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT. Nearly drying in the middle of The Lazy Trumpeter but somehow struggling on to the end and just wanting to crawl under a chair.
FAVOURITE PIECE. My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
LEAST FAVOURITE PIECE. Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
Diana Wagnall – 2nd Baritone
I started playing the piano aged 6, and have had short encounters with the guitar, the cello and percussion playing at various stages of childhood/adult life. I started playing the trumpet aged 14. After a 30 year break from brass playing, I started playing baritone horn in 2007 aged 46.
I have played with the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Youth Orchestra wind bands, the Wintringham Upper School Orchestra, Wintringham School Brass Ensemble, Bristol School of Samba, Beatroots, Wroughton Silver Training Band and have been a member of Wroughton Silver Band since 2008.
My proudest band moments: entertaining the Marlborough Downs Improvement Association on a wonderfully still, calm, English summer evening, when the members said how wonderful we had sounded as they descended from their walk along the Ridgeway path. As I drove away from the concert, the moon rising above the Ridgeway was a magical moment, and I felt a surge of real belonging and delight in what we had achieved that night. Performing at Glastonbury and WOMAD with Bristol School of Samba is something of which I am also quite proud.
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT
I was somewhat embarrassed during the second half of a band concert where we had been provided with beer as a refreshment during the interval. I drank one small can but on that hot summer day the heat and alcohol combination ensured that it took me three numbers to sober up! Sorry Neil.
One of many much loved pieces is : Cry Me a River
I have no particular least favourite piece but must confess to a general dislike of strident cacophonous composition by which I struggle to feel moved.
WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING:
Age 14 (late bloomer!)
WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING HISTORY
Wroughton Silver Band has been the main band I’ve been involved with since I started learning brass. I have helped Swindon Brass on numerous occasions, Brunel Brass and had a brief stint with Soundhouse Brass whilst at University. Really enjoy the thrill of a contest, and would love to be part of one with WSB
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST BANDING MOMENT:
Conducting the band at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway Wartime Weekend
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING BANDING MOMENT:
Turning up to a concert with my instrument case but no instrument…
YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE:
Really enjoy Eric Ball pieces particularly Resurgam. I also enjoy the jazz/swing music that we play as well as the fantastic arrangements produced by Dave Jennings.
YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE PIECE: