Alex started playing the tuba at secondary school in Elgin, Morayshire. She was toying with the idea of either oboe or tuba (from one extreme to the other!) at the time. Thankfully, she couldn’t get much more than a squeak out of the oboe but found her talents lay with the tuba and was soon tooting away with Elgin City Band. Alex played in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and various school bands before settling with the then UDI Brass Band in 1994 after completing her studies at the University of Aberdeen.
Alex works as a psychiatric nurse in Aberdeen and apart from banding, enjoys looking after Winnie the Basset Hound, riding pillion on her husbands motorbike when touring around the continent (but now has her own bike instead of just providing ballast for wheelies!) and aiding and abetting his passion for curries and the occasional pint of beer…
However, the wild times have now been (happily) curtailed with the arrival of twins Hugh and Eilidh in 2008 (future little brass players…).
If you haven’t already checked out the rest of the bass section, Alex is married to Andrew Paterson of the BBb basses. They were married in May 2004.
In 1982, when still at primary school, Andrew received a letter from his school asking if he wanted to play a brass instrument. He was given the choice of Trumpet, French Horn or Tuba. His younger brother had just taken up the cornet with the local band (Turriff Silver) and not wanting to be out-done Andrew chose the biggest one on the list.
Not long after this Andrew joined the Turriff band and spent many happy years as principal Eb Bass with the band. In 2002 Andrew joined UDI Aberdeen City band and moved to BBb Bass (an even bigger tuba!).
As well as playing BBb Bass Andrew juggles his playing career around his job as a Mud Engineer in the offshore oil-industry. He likes fast old cars (preferably with big engines), touring around Europe on a motorbike and enjoys the odd pint and a curry (wants to grow into his BBb Bass – well that’s his excuse anyway…). However, the wild times have now been (happily) curtailed with the arrival of twins Hugh and Eilidh in 2008 (future little brass players…).